Board of Trustees

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Ruston Smith

Chair of Trustees

Ruston was previously Group Director - Pensions and Insurable Risk at Tesco. He has an MBA and was a Non-Executive Director and past Chairman of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association. Before taking up his role as Chair of Trustees, Ruston was previously Chair of the GroceryAid Welfare Strategy Group.

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Rhian Bartlett

Rhian is a retailer with over 20 years’ experience, she became Sainsbury’s Director of Fresh Food in 2019 and in 2020 was promoted to Food Commercial Director.

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Bart Dalla Mura

Involved in the grocery trade for nearly 20 years Bart’s current role is Business Revitalisation Expert for Dallamura Ltd.

Lorraine Hendle 2016

Lorraine Hendle

As Divisional MD at William Reed, Lorraine oversees seven brands including The Grocer, Convenience Store and Forecourt Trader.


Mark McKenzie

Following roles with M&S and John Lewis, Mark has been the Group Sales Director for Nestle UK and Ireland since 2011.

Helen Murray

Helen Murray

Qualifying from Addleshaw Goddard LLP in Leeds, Helen is Central Projects Lawyer at Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc.

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Dawood Pervez

Dawood was appointed to the role of Managing Director of Bestway in 2018 having been elected to the Board of Directors of Bestway Group in 2004.

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Mark Smith

Mark has held the commercial roles of Corporate Sales Director and Chief Executive at Nestle, Unilever, L’Oreal, PepsiCo and Reach.


Louise Stigant

Louise started her career at Waitrose before joining Kraft. She is currently UK MD at Mondelez International.

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Hayley Tatum

Hayley is the Senior Vice President- Chief People Officer at Asda having joined the Executive Board in 2011.

Helen Tucker

Helen Tucker

Helen worked at P&G for 25 years in roles spanning Customer Business Development and Human Resources.

Jason Uttley

Jason Uttley

Having previously held roles in sales, logistics and customer marketing, Jason is now Regional Sales Vice President of Mars Petcare Europe.

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David Wheeler

David is Finance Director Group Planning and Control at Tesco, having recently moved from Sainsbury's.

Mark Williamson

Mark Williamson

Mark joined the Waitrose Partnership as Head of Buying, Grocery in 2004. He is currently Chairman, Leckford Estate (The Waitrose Farm).