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Our Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board is responsible for the governance of GS1 UK and the Board members perform a high level representational function

They also provide strategic guidance to the Operating Board. The elected industry experts keeping GS1 UK on track for the future are voted in at the GS1 UK Annual General Meeting.

The GS1 UK strategy, annual operating plan and budget are determined by the Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board is responsible for the governance of the Association including:

  • Establishing the strategic direction
  • Advising the Chief Executive and staff
  • Making sure that all members are properly represented
  • Promoting the organisation to influencers and stakeholders

The Supervisory Board offers significant value to the organisation and its goals, helping GS1 UK to offer members best-of-breed solutions to the problems they face. 

Executive Directors of the GS1 UK supervisory board include Gary Lynch, Dave Crapnell and Holly Porter.

Our current GS1 UK board members

James Spittle - Chairman
Jim Spittle

James has 30 years’ experience in retailing, manufacturing and supply chain management. He has held senior executive positions with DSGI, Whitbread, Kingfisher and Tesco stores.

James is also:

  • A board member of G-ILS
  • President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
  • An advisory board member and external examiner at Cranfield University in supply chain and logistics
  • Chairman of The Qube
  • An advisory board member for De Poel Consulting Limited
Marcus Dunsmore - Vice Chairman
Marcus Dunsmore

Marcus is Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain (Chocolate) for Mondelēz International Europe.

Marcus graduated from Nottingham University with an engineering degree. He has held senior management roles with Unilever, Cadbury Schweppes, Kraft and Mondelēz International.

Marcus has worked across the spectrum of the Supply Chain with key roles in blue-chip corporations in Manufacturing, Logistics, Change Management and Strategy. Marcus has extensive international experience and is currently based in Switzerland.

He brings a wealth of knowledge and industry experience to the GS1 UK Supervisory Board.

Neal Austin - Mayborn Group
Neal Austin

Neal is Global Supply Chain Director at Mayborn Group, proud owner of leading baby essentials brand tommee tippee® and his distinguished career in retail spans over 25 years.

After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in Retail Management and Marketing, Neal joined Tesco as a graduate trainee. He spent 10 years at Asda, where he rose through the ranks to Director of Supply, before joining MFI where, as Logistics Director, he was part of a small team involved in the sale of the retail business into private equity ownership.

He went on to join supermarket chain Morrisons, where he was Group Logistics and Supply Chain Director.

Neal joined Mayborn Group in July 2015 and has direct responsibility for all global warehousing and logistics operations in the growing global business.

Gavin Boyle - Derby Teaching Hospitals
Gavin Boyle

Gavin joined the NHS just over 20 years ago and has 10 years’ experience as a Foundation Trust Chief Executive.

He has held Board level posts as Director of Operations at the Oxford Radcliffe Trust, the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Prior to joining Derby Teaching Hospitals in March 2016 as Chief Executive, Gavin has held the position of Chief Executive at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District NHS Foundation Trust.

Gavin became Chair of East Midlands Leadership Academy in November 2013 and is Chair of the East Midlands Acute Hospitals Chief Executives forum.

Andrew Cairns - Mammy Jamia’s
Andrew Cairns

Originally from the Wirral, Andrew now lives in Huntington, Chester. His career has been in pharmaceutical and medical device sales with companies including Sankyo Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Karl Storz Endoscopy. Currently he is with the largest sports medicine company in the US, Arthrex.

Andrew owns Mammy Jamia’s, which he started with his wife Sajmira. This is a range of premium quality preserves originally sold in an indoor market in Cheshire and is now in listed in Waitrose, Booths, El Corte Ingles Hypermarkets in Spain, and Lulu Hypermarkets in the UAE. Mammy Jamia’s fig and plum flavours were awarded Gold at this year’s Great Taste Awards. Andrew and Sajmira are also about to launch a range of premium Mammy Jamia's table dressings that will be sold in Waitrose from January 2016.

David Hix – Nestlé
David Hix

David joined Nestlé in 1988 on the graduate scheme with a degree in transport and distribution from the University of Huddersfield. He worked for 15 years in Nestlé UK in a variety of supply chain and commercial roles before moving to become Head of Supply Chain at Nestlé Canada for 5 years, then Nestle Oceania for 3 years – where he was also a GS1 board member.

David is currently Director of Supply Chain for Nestlé UK and Ireland, with accountability for procurement, logistics, demand and supply planning and customer service. He lives in Reigate, Surrey with his wife and two children and is based at the Nestlé UK head office in Gatwick.

Terry Murphy - John Lewis
Terry Murphy

Terry Murphy has been employed in the logistics and supply chain industry for three decades. After graduating from Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University) he worked for many years in the Brewing Industry, latterly with Whitbread, where he was employed in both the drinks and food logistics businesses.

Following this, since 2000, he has concentrated predominantly on non-food retail supply chains, initially with Argos and formerly with DSG (Dixons), where he was Distribution Director for the Home Delivery operation, responsible for the stockholding and delivery of circa 1.8 million customer orders per annum.

Since joining John Lewis 10 years ago, he has assumed accountability for the national distribution network, which supports both the replenishment of the retailer’s 48 shops as well as the significant and ever changing demands of

Patrick Pondaven - Amazon

Patrick PondavenPatrick joined Amazon in 2009. Starting in Germany, he led the Audio Video department before serving in 2011 as Director, Consumer Electronics division. In Jan 2016, he moved to the UK where he now leads the Consumables division which includes Health & Personal Care, Beauty, Baby, Pets, Grocery, Beer, Wine and Spirits product categories.

Before Amazon, Patrick worked for 14 years at Philips in Belgium, USA, Canada and Czech Republic. In his last role, he led the Central & Eastern Europe business for Philips Consumer Lifestyle (brown & white goods) division.

Patrick holds an engineering diploma from INPG (France) and an MBA from INSEAD.

Richard Sadler - Unilever
Richard Sadler

Richard has 19 years of experience in Unilever, mainly based in the UK. He was originally part of the Unilever Foods business in the UK, but his roles have involved working with key customers in the UK, Australia and Europe.

From 2010, Richard was Customer Operations Director for Europe, developing systems, process and capability for sales teams across Western and Eastern Europe. This included overall responsibility for adherence to GS1 standards in Europe.

In April 2013, Richard rejoined the UK business as Customer Operations Director. This role involves overseeing all operations with customers including information (e.g. EPOS, packaging waste), standards, capability, performance and process (e.g. on shelf availability etc).

Richard is currently Customer Director responsible for Unilever’s business with Sainsbury’s and Waitrose in the UK.

Jin Sahota - Department of Health
Jin Sahota

Jin Sahota recently joined the Department of Health as a Senior Civil Servant managing the Supply Chain, Supplier Relationship Management and Supply Chain Resilience.


Jin has over 25 years of experience in leading Global Operations and Sourcing and has lived and worked in London, Ireland, Germany and France.

Prior to joining DH, Jin was the Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations at Technicolor Connected Home, based in Paris, France. He held senior leadership positions within three global business divisions of the Technicolor Group, including Connected Home, Broadcast & Media Services and Home Entertainment Services.

Jin has a MSc in Operations Management from London University. He is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and the Chartered Management Institute. He has attended a number of executive programmes at Harvard Business School, IESE New York, London Business School and recently Stanford Business School.

Mark Watson - Ocado
Mark Watson

Mark joined Ocado in 2001 as a Business Development Manager working on a variety of projects during the start-up phase of the business. During his time at Ocado Mark has held a variety of supply chain roles before becoming the Supply Chain and Planning Director.  

He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Supply Chain and Planning division, looking after sales and capacity planning, vendor ordering and network optimisation. Mark graduated from Aston University with a degree in Logistics.

George Wright - Tesco PLC
George Wright

George spent the early part of his career in food manufacturing, working for Unilever, Goodman Fielder Australia, and RHM. This involved building factories and running businesses across a wide range of ambient, fresh and chilled categories - both branded and private label – as well as working in a number of global markets.

He switched to retail in 2004, and has since worked for John Lewis, Phones 4u, and Coles Supermarkets Australia in a number of commercial and buying director roles. He joined Tesco in 2014, originally as Commercial Director, Convenience, Frozen and Emerging Markets, and now heads up the Commercial Strategy and Operations function within the Product Division.