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Trustees

Chris Etherington

Chris Etherington, Chairman
Chris is the current Chief Executive at Palmer and Harvey having joined in 2006, he led the 2008 management buyout. Chris was also chair of FWD from 2010-12. He has over 30 years experience in wholesale and retail distribution, having previously held senior management positions at Unipart Automotive and Alliance Unichem.

Judith Batchelar

Judith Batchelar
Judith is the Director of Sainsbury’s brand and has worked in the industry for 27 years, both in manufacturing and retailing working for Bass, Mars, Marks & Spencer and Safeway before joining Sainsburys. She is also a biochemist and nutritionist by profession and takes an active role in public health matters.

John Black

John Black
John has been involved in the grocery industry for over 40 years. His first 5 years was in retail before joining The Imperial Food Group where over the course of 14 years he held a number of senior Sales Roles. John joined the SHS Group in 1983 as Managing Director of SHS Sales & Marketing (GB) and in early 2007 he took on the new role of Non Executive Chairman. John has been involved with the National Grocers Benevolent Fund for over 10 years and was an active member of the PFRC.

Zameer Choudrey

Zameer Choudrey
Zameer is Group Chief Executive of Bestway Group, having joined the company in 1984 as Financial Controller. This is not the first involvement with the charity for Zameer, as he was previously Chairman of the charity's trading arm - N.G.B.F. Trading Ltd.

Bart Dalla Mura

Bart Dalla Mura
Bart has been involved in the grocery trade for nearly 20 years. He has held sales and marketing roles in a variety of businesses, including soft drinks, pet food and software & baking. Bart became more involved with the National Grocers Benevolent Fund when he joined the President's Fundraising Committee in 2005.

Phil Greenhalgh

Phil Greenhalgh
Phil has spent 18 years with Cadburys, Kraft and latterly Mondelēz International in various management, project management and team leadership roles. He is currently UK Sales & Customer Development Director for Grocery Multiples at Mondelēz International.

Bob Grundy

Bob Grundy
Bob is a former Financial Controller with Cadbury Scwheppes having recently retired after 35 years. He was Honorary Treasurer at Sweet Charity for the past 7 years and will now take over as Chair of the GroceryAid Investment Committee.

David Hudson

David Hudson
David spent 35 years in the food and drink industry most of which was with Nestlé, including four years in Japan. After a number of marketing roles in petfoods, healthcare and coffees, David's last role before he retired was as Nestlé's director of communications and corporate affairs. Over the years, he has been actively involved with the FDF, CBI, IGD & ISBA.

Geraldine Huse

Geraldine Huse
Geraldine is General Manager and Customer Business Development (UK & Ireland) at Procter & Gamble UK. Geraldine's association with the National Grocers Benevolent Fund began with her role on the President's Fundraising Committee. She became a Trustee in February 2010.

Nigel Matthews

Nigel Matthews OBE
Nigel retired from J Sainsbury plc in 2001 after 25 years as Company Secretary. During his career he was heavily involved with the industry’s trade associations and relations with government. He was awarded the OBE in June 2000 for services to food retailing. He has been a Trustee of the National Grocers Benevolent Fund since February 2003.

Tony Paine

Tony Paine
Tony joined Waitrose in 1968. After holding branch managers posts, he was appointed to the position of a Group Operations Manager in 1979. Tony has been involved with the National Grocers Benevolent Fund for many years including holding the posts of both Secretary and Chairman of the South Coast Branch and Chairman of Welfare for two terms of office. He is also GroceryAid's Honorary Treasurer.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith
Mark is Customer Director for Nestlé in the UK. He has held a number of commercial roles, including Field Sales Director, Corporate Sales Manager and Commercial Controller in his time at Nestlé. Mark has also worked in the industry at Unilever, L'Oreal and PepsiCo.

Ruston Smith

Ruston Smith
Ruston is the Group Pensions and Insurable Risk Director at Tesco where he has been employed for nearly 6 years. Previously he worked for 12 years with PZ Cussons, an international manufacturer of soaps and detergents, where he was a director and company secretary. Ruston is an associate of the Pensions Management Institute, and has an MBA from Manchester University. He is currently Chair of the Welfare Strategy Group.

Tony Smith

Tony Smith
Tony Smith is a former Director of Unilever in the UK having retired after almost 30 years with the business. In all he has worked in the UK Grocery industry for 40 years and has been involved with the National Grocers Benevolent Fund for more than 10 years.

Deri Watkins

Deri Watkins
Deri started his career on the PepsiCo graduated sales scheme in 1995 and after three years moved to Mars in 1998 where he has worked across a number of sales and more general management roles over the last 13 years. In sales he has worked across all of the key customer channels in a variety of different sales roles. He has also worked in various FMCG food categories, including Crisps and Snacks, Confectionery, Pet Care, Ice Cream and Food. In recent years roles have included General Manager of the UK Ice Cream Business, and Head of Strategy for Mars Chocolate. He currently works for the President of theUK Chocolate business, Fiona Dawson as Sales Director of the UK Impulse Business. Deri is married to Carol and lives in Windsor with his three children. Interests include cycling, cricket and fell walking.

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