Team Members

Meet the MDS team and find out more


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Tom Divers

Talent Acquisition Officer

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Kelly Cook

Trainee Liaison Officer

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Izzy Douglass

Content Manager

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Sophie Rush

Finance Administrator Officer

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Kirsty Barden

Business Development Manager

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Gretta Ryan

People Development Manager

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Sapphira Waterson

Chief Operating Officer

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Meet the Chair


Christine Tacon - Chair
Christine Tacon – Chair

Christine Tacon

Christine has chaired MDS since May 2016 after a successful career in marketing and general management for companies such as Mars, Vodafone and the Co-operative Group, where she ran their farming business for twelve years. She was awarded a CBE for services to agriculture in 2004.

Christine was the first Groceries Code Adjudicator, a role she held for seven years, and is currently Chair of Assured Food Standards (ASF), which operates the Red Tractor Assurance scheme. She chairs the BBC Rural Affairs Committee and founded the Women in Food and Farming network. Christine holds an honorary doctorate from Cranfield University, where she is also a visiting professor.

  • Jason Beaumont, Head of Operations, Horticulture, Morrisons
  • Rebecca Charnley, Commercial Manager, G’s Group and MDS Alumna
  • Will Holmes, Global Seedcare Product Manager, Syngenta
  • Anna Pike, Head of HR, Worldwide Fruit
  • Sammy Ronald, Category Technical Manager, Sainsbury’s and MDS Alumna
  • Richard Whittle, Director, Protolan
  • Lucy Wills, Managing Director, Finsbury Foods