Paula Widdowson, commercial director of Improve, is to leave the food and drink sector skills council later this month to join Northern Foods as director of corporate social responsibility.

Widdowson has been a member of Improve's executive team for three years, first as marketing director then as commercial director.

She played a leading role in building awareness of the council among employers and education bodies, as well as driving key initiatives such as the establishment of the new National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing and the production of the industry's first Sector Skills Strategy.