Morrisons’ chairman, Andrew Higginson, is appointed president of IGD

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Andrew Higginson, chairman of Morrisons, has been appointed as president of IGD, the research and training charity, by its Board of Trustees.

Already an active member of IGD’s Policy Issues Council, Andrew Higginson succeeds IGD’s current president, Leendert den Hollander, with effect from 1 January 2019.

Higginson said: “I am delighted and honoured to be taking up the Presidency of IGD and working closely with the trustees and the executive team. I have been involved with IGD over many years and I am looking forward to contributing to its important work for such an exciting and dynamic sector of the economy.”

Joanne Denney-Finch, chiefexecutive of IGD, said: “I am extremely pleased Andrew is to take on the presidency of IGD. He’s been an incredibly active supporter of our work for many years and I have no doubt that he has a huge amount to bring to this role.

“Many thanks also to Leendert den Hollander for the passion and enthusiasm he has brought to IGD over the last two years.”

Leendert den Hollander, current IGD president and vice president and general manager, Coca-Cola European Partners, said: “It has been an honour to have served as the president of IGD for the past two years and to have seen first-hand the difference to our industry the team’s impactful charitable initiatives have delivered. I am delighted to be passing the torch on next year to such a highly respected industry figure and look forward to continuing to work with IGD and supporting the work it does in the future.”

Recent highlights of IGD’s work include:

  • Launch of industry wide food waste measurement principles and Roadmap for implementation, working collaboratively with Wrap. This is a world first with the UK food industry committing to halve food waste
  • 25,000 students trained in employability skills through Feeding Britain’s Future with the support of over 200 companies and 5,500 industry volunteers
  • On track to deliver 22,000 free learning opportunities for food and grocery employees in 2018
  • Regular articles, online tools and presentations from our Chief Economist to help companies prepare for Brexit

Jill Ross, chairman of IGD’s Board of Trustees and chief executive officer, McCurrach, said: “We are delighted to elect Andrew to the presidency, he brings a wealth of industry experience and knowledge to the role and I’m looking forward to working more closely together. I would also like to thank Leendert den Hollander for his commitment and for bringing so much to the role over the last two years.”