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Chris Tyas OBE

Chris Tyas OBE

Chair - GS1 UK, non-executive director - Defra

Chris has recently been appointed a non-executive board member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) the role provides strategic and corporate leadership to the department and has particular responsibility for monitoring performance and delivery.

Chris has a globally recognised pedigree in the consumer goods industry, as a result of his  careers at Mars and Nestlé. During his time at Nestlé, he held a wide range of executive supply chain roles concluding his time there as Senior VP and Global Supply Chain Head.

He joined GS1 UK as chair in December 2018 and is committed to ensuring the team demonstrates the consumer and patient benefits of solving industry challenges through collaboration.

The Government have asked Chris to chair several key industry initiatives including the Food Resilience Industry Forum (FRIF). FRIF brought together all parts of the Agrifood supply chain including retailers, manufacturers, logistics providers and growers to ensure that food security and consumer needs are proactively addressed through out the pandemic and during the BREXIT transition. This work is a perfect example of how collaboration can resolve industry challenges at pace in order to protect consumer. More recently, Chris was appointed to co-chair the Food Data Transparency Partnership a partnership between government, industry and civil society charged with improving the environmental sustainability and healthiness of food and drink through data and processes. Their aim is to improve the availability, quality and comparability of data throughout the supply chain.

Chris also sits on a number of boards, advising on supply chains, sustainability and recycling as well as being involved with several universities on the development of supply chain education and has spoken at numerous high profile events such as COP.

In January 2021 he was awarded an OBE for services to the food supply chain.