Tim Smith has been appointed as the new industry chair of the Food and Drink Sector Council. He will take up the role immediately and will share the chair with the Government Chair, Food Minister Victoria Prentis.

The Food and Drink Sector Council is a formal industry partnership with the government, which works to address challenges faced by the sector and build a more productive and sustainable food and drink system. The Council will also take the on the role of delivering some of the measures outlined in the recent Food Strategy for industry and the government. 

The co-chair’s role is primarily to lead and challenge the Council in order to inspire and create change from within the sector, as well as looking for opportunities for cooperation in the wider Government agenda. 

Smith takes on the role from outgoing co-chairs Terry Jones and Ian Wright and will be joined by the food minister. 

Food Minister Victoria Prentis said: “Tim brings an unrivalled experience of the food and drink sector from his time across a number of different organisations and a fantastic enthusiasm to drive forward the council’s agenda of meeting the challenges currently faced by the industry at large.

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“I want to thank out-going co-chairs Ian Wright and Terry Jones for their expert direction–taking the council through the difficulties of the Covid pandemic and our ongoing recovery.”

Tim Smith, non executive chairman Cranswick plc, said: “The food and drink sector is facing challenges which are unprecedented in my time. It is imperative that industry and the Government continue to work in partnership to ensure we have a food system fit for the future.

“The Food and Drink Sector Council must help provide the strategic oversight to create that system and I’m delighted to take on the role of industry co-chair. I look forward to working with the Ministerial co-chair to identify the key issues facing the sector and to find practical actions to address them.”