Christine Tacon was appointed Chair of MDS in May 2016. She started her professional career with Coats Viyella as an engineer. She then moved into marketing working at Mars, Vodafone, Redland Bricks and Anchor (now Fonterra). From 2000 to 2012 she ran the Co-operative Group’s farming business, Farmcare, the largest in the UK. She was awarded a CBE for services to agriculture in 2004.
Christine is the first Groceries Code Adjudicator, a role set up by Act of Parliament to enforce compliance with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice which regulates the relationship between the 10 large grocery retailers and their direct suppliers. It is a 3 day per week position. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Anglia Farmers, a purchasing co-operative, and is a member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Christine studied production engineering at Cambridge University. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Cranfield University and honorary professorship from Harper Adams University. Christine is married with 2 children and lives in Macclesfield on the edge of the Peak District.