Michael is currently Chief Commercial Officer at Co-op Food where he has led the Trading, Product Development, Technical, Supply Chain and Sourcing Policy teams in the development and deployment of the Co-op Food proposition. His current focus is on the development of Co-op’s new business propositions, the introduction of an SAP Enterprise platform and the delivery of their ambitious Climate Change strategy and broader social goals.
Prior to joining the Co-op, he worked at Tesco in a number of senior director-level commercial roles, both in the UK, Europe and Asia.
He will continue in his role at the Co-op whilst taking on this non-executive role at First Milk.
Michael’s appointment is effective from 1 November 2021 and arises as current First Milk non-executive director, Carl Ravenhall, has come to the end of his three terms and so will retire from the Board at the end of October.
Commenting on the announcement, Chris Thomas, Chairman of First Milk, said:
“Michael will bring considerable insight into consumer trends and shopping behaviours, as well as extensive international experience, which will help us shape our business for the future. In addition, he brings expertise in sustainability in the food sector, as he has helped to develop and implement an industry-leading environmental and ethical position for the Co-op.
“I am confident that Michael will bring a new perspective to our Board, helping us navigate the complex strategic challenges ahead to deliver long-term prosperity for our farmer members.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Carl for all his hard work and contribution to First Milk over many years. Carl has helped us deliver a solid foundation for future growth and I wish him all the best for the future.”