Red tractor body seeks new chairman

The Red Tractor scheme is seeking to appoint a new chairman to replace David Gregory who will be standing down later this year having completed the maximum six years’ service allowed.

An independent body owned by the food chain and responsible for managing and promoting the Red Tractor assurance scheme and logo, the organisation is looking for “strong leadership at a crucial time of change and opportunity”.

“Red Tractor allows knowledge transfer to British farmers and growers to promote and validate good practice,” said ADHB chief executive. Jane King, adding that the organisation’s logo also effectively communicated the industry’s standards to the supply chain and consumers.

As chairman David Gregory has “steered the organisation through a period of substantial growth with the Red Tractor logo now appearing on over £11 billion worth of product”, a rise of about 40% during his six-year term.

“The Red Tractor logo is underpinned by robust technical assurance standards and is increasingly used by leading brands and food service operators to demonstrate their commitment to sourcing quality food produced to high standards of safety and animal welfare,” said Assured Food Standards, who run the Red Tractor scheme.

“The new chairman will be required from the end of September 2015 for 50 days a year. The right candidate will have experience of accountability at board and chair level and a good knowledge of the food supply chain, while being independent of major Red Tractor scheme stakeholders.”

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