Food and Drink Sector Council

The Food and Drink Sector Council is a formal industry partnership with Government to create a more productive and sustainable food and drink sector.

Role of the group

The Food and Drink Sector Council is an industry-led board composed of businesses from every part of the food chain. Among the Council’s priorities are agricultural productivity, nutrition, exports, workforce and skills, innovation, logistics and packaging.


The members of the Food and Drink Sector Council are senior industry individuals with wide experience from across the sector. The Council will be a mechanism for the industry to engage with Government in order to increase the sector’s productivity. The membership includes representatives from across the entire food chain, covering farming, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and logistics.

The Council members are:

Judith Batchelar

Director, Sainsbury’s

Gavin Darby

Iain Ferguson

Chairman, Stobart Group Ltd.

Leendert den Hollander

Vice President and GM Great Britain, Coca-Cola

Sir Peter Kendall

Chairman, AHDB

Dame Fiona Kendrick

Nick Varney

CEO, Merlin Entertainments

Jo Whitfield

CEO, Co-op Food

Ian Wright

Director-General, Food and Drink Federation

Graham Hutcheon

Managing Director Edrington; Chairman, CBI Scotland

Lord Deben

Chairman, Sancroft

Ursula Lidbetter

Chair, Greater Lincolnshire LEP

George Weston


Andy Richardson

Head of Corporate Affairs, Volac; Chair of the Welsh Food and Drink Board

Cassandra Stavrou

Founder, Propercorn

Nick Whelan

Group Chief Executive, Dale Farm

Minette Batters

President, NFU