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Life Patrons

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In his most recent appointment Lord Price was Minister of State at the Department for International Trade . 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, before standing down in September 2017.  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.

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Mike was appointed Chief Executive of J Sainsbury plc 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. He is a Non-Executive Director at Greene King plc. Mike was President of the GroceryAid Fundraising Committee from 2012 to 2014 and has been a keen participant in the charity’s cycling events.

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Paul has extensive experience at Board level in a variety of grocery industry companies, he is also a Founder and Chairman of InVentaBrand Consulting, an FMCG consultancy specialising in delivering retail opportunities for clients through strategic advice and contact with senior personnel. He is currently Deputy Chairman of Finsbury Food Group, NED of Burtons Foods and Quorn as well as Chairman of Crantock Bakeries.  Over the last two decades, Paul has organised numerous events to raise funds for GroceryAid including the Leadership Weekend, President’s Waterside Dinner and Leadership Symposium. Paul has been an active member on the President’s Fundraising Committee since 2000 and is a welcome presence at GroceryAid events. In 2010 Paul was inducted into the GroceryAid Hall of Fame to mark 10 years of supporting GroceryAid. 


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Charles started his career in 1986 with Procter and Gamble following which he was a consultant with OC&C Strategy Consultants and a Director of Abberton Associates. In 1998 he became an Executive Director of Booker plc which merged with Iceland plc in 2000. In 2001 he became an Executive Director of Arcadia Group plc and in 2004 he became an Executive Director of Marks and Spencer Plc. In 2005 he was appointed as CEO of Booker. 


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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 (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.

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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.

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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.

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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 for two decades 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. Lorraine is Chair of the Communications Strategy Group. 

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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 Communications Strategy Group. 

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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. 

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Helen started her career in marketing at Times Newspapers Limited, and worked as a freelance editor and writer before training as a solicitor. She qualified at Addleshaw Goddard LLP in Leeds, specialising in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Since joining Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc in 2013, Helen has developed expertise in compliance matters including anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions, data privacy and competition law. She has two children and lives near Ilkley, West Yorkshire. 

Mark Smith

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

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Louise started her career on Waitrose’s graduate scheme and spent five years with the leading retailer before joining Kraft. At Kraft she held roles in account management and category development for coffee and chocolate. She’s held a number of leadership positions throughout her career, including Managing Director of Mondelēz Ireland. More recently she was Managing Director of the meals category for Northern Europe. A key focus for Louise is celebrating Mondelez’s heritage in the UK and adding value for the future. This includes making sure colleagues are more skilled than before, growing iconic brands such as Cadbury, Maynards Bassetts, Belvita and Trebor. 

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Helen worked at P&G for over 25 years before her retirement in 2018. Helen worked on global assignments spanning Customer Business Development and Human Resources, she also 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. In addition to her role as a Trustee she also Chairs of the Welfare Strategy Group and the Remuneration Committee.  

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Jason returned to Mars Petcare Europe in 2014, where he currently serves as Regional Sales V-P. Jason returns following ten years at Warburtons, where he most recently 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.

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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 integration of the two businesses. David then 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).

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