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Trustees and Patrons

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

Life Patrons

Lord PriceLord Mark Price CVO

Mark joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1982 as a graduate trainee, and held a number of posts before becoming Managing Director of Waitrose in April 2007. Prior to this, in 2005, Mark joined the Partnership Board taking on responsibility for strategy as Development Director. In August 2013, alongside his Waitrose MD role, Mark was also made Deputy Chairman for the John Lewis Partnership. Mark has a number of external appointments. In January 2011 he became Chairman of Business in the Community. He is also Chairman of the Prince's Countryside Fund, and Deputy Chairman of Channel 4. Mark was appointed a CVO in the 2014 New Year's Honour's list.

Lord Price, as the departing Waitrose managing director will be known from April 2016, will be a minister of state at both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Lord Price is delighted to continue to support the worthwhile activities of GroceryAid.

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


Chris Etherington, Chair of GroceryAid TrusteesChris 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.

Ruston Smith 100px Ruston Smith, Vice Chairman 
Ruston is the Group Pensions and Insurable Risk Director at Tesco where he has been employed since December 2002. Previously Ruston worked for 12 years with PZ Cussons, an international manufacturer of soaps and detergents, where he was a Director and Company Secretary. Ruston is a Non Executive Director and past Chairman of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and has an MBA from Manchester Metropolitan University. He is currently Chair of the 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. John has been involved with the National Grocers Benevolent Fund for over 10 years and was an active member of the PFRC.

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.

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.

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.

Bob Grundy, GroceryAid Trustee
Bob Grundy

Bob is a former Financial Controller with Cadbury Schweppes having retired after 35 years. He was Honorary Treasurer at Sweet Charity for the past 7 years and is Chairman of the GroceryAid Finance Committee.

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.

Helen_Tucker 100pxHelen Tucker
Helen is the Human Resources Leader for Procter & Gamble’s Northern Europe markets. 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. 

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.

Tony Paine, GroceryAid TrusteeTony 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.

Mark Smith, GroceryAid TrusteeMark Smith
Mark is Chief Operating 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.

Tony Smith, GroceryAid Trustee
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.

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. Since September 2015, he has been Trading Director at Poundland Ltd. 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.

Jason Uttley 100pxJason Uttley
Jason Uttley has recently returned to Mars 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.

Mark Williamson 100px.jpgMark Williamson

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 Waitrose Ltd as 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.