The farmer-owned dairy processor First Milk has a new chairman as the latest in a series of experienced senior food industry executive appointments since last summer. This follows a number of years of poor business performance, culminating in a difficult 2014/15 year.
The business has recruited Clive Sharpe as chairman to replace Sir Jim Paice who stepped down at the company’s AGM in September. Mr Sharpe has spent 35 years in the food manufacturing sector, and is a former chairman of Quorn Foods and Burtons Biscuits; a previous non-executive director of Duerr’s jams and Tangerine Confectionery and the former chief executive of WT Foods, Golden Wonder and Homepride Foods. He currently chairs Peters Foods.
"Clive is a highly experienced commercial leader with a track record of leading transformational change across a variety of branded and private label businesses,” notes First Milk interim chair and farmer director Nigel Evans. “He is highly regarded and well connected across UK Retail and has substantial experience as a chairman, executive, and non-executive. This is a key appointment as we implement a leaner and more commercial structure as part of the transformation of First Milk.”
Mr Sharpe adds: “Chief executive Mike Gallacher and the First Milk board have set a clear direction for the business, and a huge amount of progress has been made over the last nine months. I am attracted by the potential of First Milk and the opportunity to get the company working well for its farmer owners.”