Meet the Trainees January 2017

January 10, 2017

Have you accepted your invite to our bi-annual Meet the Trainees?

Proceedings will be kicking off at:

6pm on Monday 23 January

All of our current trainees will be there to meet member companies and to explore options for their next steps, be this their next secondment or a post-MDS role. This is your chance to get a feel for our trainees and to meet them face to face.

Please contact Helen for more details.

If you are a member company we hope to see you there along with all of our trainees.

Graduate Scheme Food

New Year Fresh Start

January 5, 2017

We are beginning the New Year at MDS with renewed vigor as we have been joined by two new team members.

Beverley Tegala, Finance Officer & Administrator

Beverley has joined the team to take on financial management and to assist with general administration. She has a penchant for the outdoors, walking in particular, and is sure to do us all to shame by cycling to work in the summer!

Anna Williams, Development Manager

Having completed the MDS scheme in 2014, Anna is back for more, but this time on the other side of the fence. She will be responsible for developing the business in terms of recruitment and member companies.


Both Beverley and Anna are looking forward to working with Saffy and Helen as well as the extended MDS network of trainees and member companies.

MDS announces new Chair, Christine Tacon CBE

October 17, 2016

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.”

Christine Tacon