The former Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon has been appointed chairwoman of Assured Food Standards, the operator of Red Tractor, from January 1.
Former Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon will take up the role of chairwoman of Assured Food Standards, the operator of Red Tractor, from January 1.
Ms Tacon has extensive experience in the food industry, including running the Cooperative Group’s farming business and was awarded a CBE for services to agriculture in 2004.
She currently serves as the Chair of the BBC Rural Affairs Committee and MDS – a management training scheme for the food and fresh produce industry. She is also a Director of the AF Group.
Until October 2020, Ms Tacon was a government regulator responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice by large grocery retailers.
A spokesperson for the ownership body of Red Tractor, said: “This is a pivotal time for UK agriculture, with the UK’s departure from the EU and the uncertainties of future trade deals.
“Red Tractor’s standards are the bedrock of British agriculture. They have helped establish UK’s food and farming industry as the benchmark for quality across the world. Now more than ever is the time to demonstrate strong leadership, to protect the integrity of the food chain and the agricultural standards that we have built up in Britain over the decades.
“Christine’s proven credentials and a career that spans across the supply chains of food and farming, will be an enormous asset in helping Red Tractor fly the flag for our industry and to deliver on its core purpose to reassure consumers.”
Christine Tacon CBE said: “I am really looking forward to joining Red Tractor, this role builds on my experience in farming, the food chain, working with government and most of all with consumers. With uncertainty on standards of food imported into the UK post Brexit, this is a great time to be working on British standards and ensuring they are fit for purpose for all its stakeholders.”
NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts said the union was delighted with the appointment and Ms Tacon brought a ‘wealth’ of experience to the role.
“Having worked closely with Christine as the GCA, Red Tractor will benefit hugely from her strong leadership, collaborative relationships that she works so hard to develop, and an ability to drive the industry forward.
“The NFU looks forward to working closely with Christine and Assured Food Standards at a critical time for UK food and farming as we look towards life outside the EU.”