RAU 175 Alumni Lectures: Christine Tacon on the agri-food industry

Tuesday 13 April 2021

18:00 – 19:00

The next in our series of 175 lectures, featuring RAU voices in industry reflecting on the experiences of the past to tackle the challenges of the future.

Christine Tacon, newly appointed head of Red Tractor, will be joining 2020 graduate Max Pitman to reflect on the agri-food management business from their perspectives of a highly successful career, and someone just beginning on their journey in the sector.

Tickets are free to students, staff, alumni, friends, and well-wishers, and we are really looking forward to a lively and interesting chat.

About Christine Tacon

Christine Tacon took up the role of chairman of Assured Food Standards (ASF), the company that operates the Red Tractor Assurance scheme, on 1 January 2021.

She has a portfolio career combining her commercial expertise with her understanding of the food chain and the public sector. She is a Chartered Engineer with 12 years experience in sales and marketing of fast moving consumer goods (Mars, Anchor and Vodafone) and ran the Co-operative Group’s farming business, the largest in the UK, for 11 years until 2012. She was awarded a CBE for services to agriculture in 2004.

She is Chair of  MDS Limited, a training provider for graduates in the fresh food and produce industry, and is a mentor to Max.

Christine has also been involved in the RAU Enterprise programme.

About Max Pitman

Max Pitman studied International Agri-business at the RAU, finishing in 2020. He is now a Graduate Management Trainee at Management Development Services Ltd.

MDS is a partnership of companies that aims to equip young people with the experience, training and mind-set so that they have the confidence and ability to rapidly become senior business leaders within the industry. The membership includes growers, suppliers and retailers of vegetables, salads, meat products and agrochemicals as well as agronomy specialists.

Since October, Max has been at Finsbury Food Group in East Kilbride in an Operational Support role in a cake factory. His  time at Finsbury comes to an end next after Easter, when he will head on to Greenyard Fresh in Spalding to work in a technical role.


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About The Author

John Swire - Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.