MDS announces new Chair, Christine Tacon CBE

MDS announces new Chair, Christine Tacon CBE

The MDS Board of Directors has appointed Christine Tacon CBE as Chair.

Christine has extensive produce industry experience. She managed the Co-operative Group’s farming business for 11 years and was awarded a CBE for services to Agriculture in 2004. Prior to this, Christine worked within Mars Confectionery, Fonterra and Vodafone, and has demonstrated her commitment to the next generation through Ladies in Agriculture. In 2013 she was appointed as the first Groceries Code Adjudicator.

Christine brings to MDS her ability to combine strategic leadership with practical understanding of both private and public sectors. This is backed by a strong commercial background in fast-moving consumer goods, farming and the environment and extensive communications experience in high-profile roles.

Julius Joel, Director and former MDS trainee said: “It is great that Christine has agreed to help us take MDS to its next level. Her experience and energy will help the business strengthen its service to its member companies, re-invigorate its training platform and build on the unique management development program we offer.”

Christine replaces Doug Henderson MBE who was appointed Chairman in October 2004. Doug was formerly Chief Executive of the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) and brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role throughout his 12 years of his service.

“Christine will be responsible for the continued development of the MDS business plan and training strategy,” said Saffy Connolly, MDS Chief Operations Officer. “Her experience in strategic planning, leadership and development, teamed with her desire to see a strengthened UK groceries sector will play a vital role in building and spreading the MDS success story.”

Christine Tacon said: “I am delighted to accept this role with MDS. I am keen to see a new generation of leaders in the groceries sector equipped with the best possible training and working with MDS I aim to achieve this.”