Steve Barnes has been appointed the new director general of GroceryAid. He will start in in September 2016, replacing Gillian Barker who has been director general for the last 14 years.
Industry veteran Barnes started his career in grocery by securing locations for Safeway, Presto and Lo-Cost stores. He then spent 17 years at IGD, 12 of those as Business Director. He then spent four years as commercial and membership director at the Food and Drink Federation.
“While I’m disappointed to be leaving FDF, this is a hugely exciting role to take on in the grocery arena,” said Barnes. “I am privileged and humbled to inherit a fantastic team in a supportive industry to serve the beneficiaries of GroceryAid. The assistance given from the industry to those in need is inspiring and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to drive even greater awareness of the Charity.”
Gillian Barker, who announced her retirement in February, said: “I am delighted that Steve has been appointed as my successor. I am more than confident that GroceryAid will continue to support our industry colleagues under his stewardship.”