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Trustees and Patrons

Find out more about the GroceryAid Life Patrons, Life Vice Presidents and Trustees.

Life Patrons

Lord PriceLord Price CVO

Lord Price was appointed Minister of State at the Department for International Trade on 16 July 2016. He was originally appointed to the same ministerial role at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on 4 April 2016.

Lord Price joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1982 as a graduate trainee. He held a number of posts before becoming Managing Director (MD) of Waitrose in April 2007. Prior to this, in 2005, he joined the Partnership Board taking on responsibility for new business development, strategy and IT as Development Director. In August 2013, alongside his Waitrose MD role, Lord Price was also made Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership. Lord Price was Chairman of Business in the Community from 2011 to 2015 and has also held roles as Deputy Chairman of Channel 4, Chairman of The Prince’s Countryside Fund and as a Non-Executive Member of the Cabinet Office Board. He was appointed a Commander of The Royal Victorian Order in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.

Sir David Reid

Sir David Reid

Sir David was Chairman of Tesco plc since April 2004 until his retirement in November 2011. He had worked for the multiple retailer since 1985 and held a number of posts including Finance Director and Deputy Chairman with responsibility for business development, strategic planning and international operations in Central Europe, Asia and the Republic of Ireland.

Until becoming the National Grocers' Benevolent Fund patron, David had not had any involvement with the charity other than attending various fundraising events. However he is now keen to throw his weight behind the charity’s mission.

Mike CoupeMike Coupe

Mike was appointed Chief Executive of J Sainsbury in July 2014. He has been a member of the Operating Board since October 2004 and an Executive Director since 1 August 2007. He joined Sainsbury’s from Big Food Group where he was a Board Director of Big Food Group plc and Managing Director of Iceland Food Stores. He previously worked for both ASDA and Tesco, where he served in a variety of senior management roles. Mike was appointed to the board of directors of I2C at its inception and he is also a Non-Executive Director at Greene King plc. 

Mike was President of the GroceryAid Fundraising Committee from 2012 to 2014. He is also a keen participant in the charity’s cycling events and instigator of the annual GroceryAid Quiz Night.

Life Vice Presidents

A de Angeli

AG Kirker

RH Murray

AM Pearce

LE Reeves-Smith OBE

B Waterhouse


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Ruston Smith, Chairman 
Ruston was previously Group Director - Pensions and Insurable Risk at Tesco. He has broad experience which included 12 years with PZ Cussons, an international manufacturer of soaps and detergents, where he was a Director and Company Secretary. He has an MBA andwas a Non-Executive Director and past Chairman of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (formerly the National Association of Pension Funds). Ruston has a number of additional appointments which include Independent Non-Executive Director of JP Morgan Asset Management International Limited, JP Morgan Funds Limited and Standard Life Master Trust Limited and Trustee Director of the National Council for Palliative Care. He was previously Chair of the GroceryAid Welfare Strategy Group.

John Black, GroceryAid TrusteeJohn 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 before retiring in 2012. John has been involved with the National Grocers Benevolent Fund for over 10 years and was an active member of the PFRC. He is currently Non-Executive Director Highland Spring Group.

Zameer Choudrey, GroceryAid TrusteeZameer Choudrey CBE
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. In January 2016 he was awarded a CBE for in the Queen's New Year's Honours List for his contributions to the UK wholesale industry. 

Bart Dalla Mura, GroceryAid TrusteeBart 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. Bart's current role is Business Revitilisation Expert for Dallamura Ltd.

Ian Gordon, GroceryAid TrusteeIan Gordon
Ian started his career in banking before moving to a HR role in textiles. He joined RHM as a Personnel Manager in 1972 and worked his way through various HR roles to become Employee Relations Directions until his retirement in 2007. Ian was a Trustee of the RHM Pensions Scheme for a number of years and has had many years of contact with the National Grocers Benevolent Fund. He has been a volunteer Welfare Assessor since 2010 and is also a member of the GroceryAid Welfare Committee.

Lorraine HendleLorraine Hendle
Lorraine is Divisional Managing Director at William Reed with responsibility for a portfolio of seven brands which include The Grocer, Convenience Store and Forecourt Trader. Lorraine has been with the company more than 17 years and has led the evolution and development of the retail and manufacturing brands to deliver multi-channel information provision through print, online, mobile and events. Lorraine began her media career at Reed Elsevier and has worked across a number of B2B markets including manufacturing, chemicals and engineering.

David Hudson, GroceryAid TrusteeDavid 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. David also supports the Welfare Committee and Corporate Communications Strategy Group. 

Nigel Matthews, GroceryAid TrusteeNigel 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.

Mark Smith, GroceryAid Trustee

Mark Smith
Mark is Chief Executive Officer for Reach Group Holdings. He has held a number of commercial roles within the Grocery Industry, including Customer Director, Field Sales Director, Corporate Sales Manager and he started his career as a field sales representative. Mark's experience has been gained at Nestlé, Unilever, L'Oreal, 20th Century Fox and PepsiCo.

Mike TaylorMike Taylor
Mike was appointed Managing Director for Mondelēz in the UK, in April 2016. He is responsible for leading commercial operations across the UK for brands such as Cadbury Dairy Milk. Prior to this Mike was Managing Director for the Nordic markets leading the Mondelēz business in Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Before moving into the Nordics role, Mike held a number of senior roles in the UK business, with a year and a half as Sales Director Instant Consumption and two years as Field Sales Director. Mike has previously spent time at Kellogg’s and ran his own consultancy, MDT Associates. He is also a Non-Executive Director at All About Food.

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Helen is the HR Global Diversity & Inclusion Drector for Procter & Gamble. Helen has more than 25 years with P&G, with global assignments spanning Customer Business Development and Human Resources. Helen sat on the Global Human Resources Leadership Team, Global Inclusion & Diversity Council and Global Corporate Women’s Leadership team providing strategic counsel for diversity and inclusion at P&G at all levels. She became a Trustee in July 2016. 

Simon Twigger, GroceryAid Trustee

Simon Twigger
Simon has worked for both food suppliers and food retailers for over 25 years. This has included all categories from fresh produce to grocery and beers, wines and spirits. From September 2015 he was Trading Director at Poundland Ltd but in late 2016 moved over to Steinhoff International. He was a member of the GroceryAid President's Fundraising Committee for many years and also Chairman of the annual Diamond Ball committee for at least 10 years. He has also actively taken part in events including the London to Paris Cycle Challenge to personally raise money for the charity.

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Jason Uttley returned to Mars in 2014 to the role of Commercial Director for Mars Petcare UK. Jason returns following ten years at Warburtons, where he most recently also held the position of Commercial Director and before that New Business Director. Before joining Warburtons, Jason spent ten years at Mars, having joined in 1994, including seven years with Mars Petcare. During that time he has worked in Sales, Logistics and Customer Marketing, building relationships across the food retail sector. Jason is married with three children and lives in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. He loves travelling, is a keen road cyclist and Liverpool FC supporter.

David Wheeler
David began his career at PwC before moving to Home Retail Group as head of Group Commercial and Financial Accounting. Following completion of the acquisition of Home Retail Group by J Sainsbury plc, David supported the new management team with the initial integration of the two businesses. David subsequently moved into Sainsbury's commerce finance leadership team to take on his current role of Head of Finance for the Logistics division. At GroceryAid David holds the position of Treasurer and also Chair of the Finance Committee.

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Mark started his career in marketing and buying with Tesco plc before moving to J Sainsbury plc, where he covered a number of senior buying roles. In his time at Sainsbury’s Mark was promoted to Procurement and Trading Director. In June 2004 Mark joined the Waitrose Partnership as Head of Buying, Grocery. Just under three years later Mark was appointed Supply Chain Director and joined the Waitrose Ltd board. In 2010 he was promoted to Commercial Director. He is currently Chairman, Leckford Estate (The Waitrose Farm).