Our 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 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 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 Anne Godfrey and Dave Crapnell.

Chris Tyas OBE

Chris Tyas OBE


Chris has a globally recognised pedigree in the consumer goods industry, as a result of his careers at Mars and Nestlé. During his time at Nestlé, he held a wide range of executive supply chain roles concluding his time there as Senior VP and Global Supply Chain Head.

He had an extensive track record of participation with GS1, before joining GS1 UK as chair in December 2018. He is committed to ensuring the team demonstrates the consumer and patient benefits of solving industry challenges through collaboration.

In March 2020, at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Chris was asked to by the UK Government to chair the Food Resilience Industry Forum (FRIF) bringing together all parts of the Agrifood supply chain including retailers, manufacturers, logistics providers and growers to ensure that food security and consumer needs were proactively addressed.

This work is a perfect example of how collaboration can resolve industry challenges at pace in order to protect consumers. The forum continues to provide industry intelligence both nationally and globally to the DEFRA leadership and has now increased its scope to include the challenges of Brexit. In his role of GS1 UK chair he is focused on ensuring that their purpose of harnessing the power of standards to transform the way people work and live, is realised.

Patrick Pondaven

Patrick Pondaven

Vice chair

Patrick leads one of the fastest growing divisions at Amazon UK, his role as senior director of consumables oversees and drives areas such as health & personal care, beauty, baby, pets, grocery, beer, wine and spirits product categories. He joined Amazon in 2009 in Germany where he led the audio video department before serving there as director, consumer electronics.

Before Amazon, Patrick held senior management roles at Philips in Belgium, USA, Canada and finally in Czech Republic, where he led the Central & Eastern Europe business for Philips Consumer Lifestyle.

He holds an engineering diploma from INPG and an MBA from INSEAD.

Patrick brings a wealth of industry knowledge and an international experience to GS1 UK.

Thea Alexander

Theadora Alexander

Young Foodies

Thea’s background as the operations and strategy director at Propercorn, paved the way for her vision of empowering young brands serious about growth. In 2017 she co-founded Young Foodies, fostering the UK's fastest growing community of consumer brands by providing expert knowledge, experience, and growth services to enable them to thrive.

Thea, now a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, has a keen on eye on strategic direction, business success and affecting positive change within the FMCG industry, particularly towards SMEs. She is an industry influencer with a leading voice on driving a more level playing field. She is a regular media commentator, panellist, awards judge, and podcaster on these areas.

Graham Biggart

Graham Biggart


Graham is Chief Transformation Officer at Sainsbury's, responsible for end-to-end change across Sainsbury’s, Argos, Habitat and Tu, as well as Supply Chain, Logistics & Transport Operations, and Central Business Services.

He has been at Sainsbury’s since 2015, and has led a number of different areas of the business in that time, across commercial, operations and channels, including Fresh Food & Foodservices, Sainsbury’s Local, and Argos Republic of Ireland.

Prior to Sainsbury’s, Graham was a leader in the EMEA Consumer practice of McKinsey & Company, focused on strategy and transformation for Retail, CPG and Leisure companies. Before that, he worked at Brunswick Group, covering media, investor and government communications.

Gavin Boyle

Gavin Boyle

South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board

Gavin joined the NHS just over 30 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 Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Gavin successfully led Derby Teaching Hospitals through a merger with Burton Hospitals to create University Hospitals of Derby and Burton in 2019 to create one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country.

In 2021 Gavin was appointed as the new chief executive designate of the South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (SYICB).

Andrew Cairns

Andrew Cairns

Mammy Jamia’s

Originally from the Wirral Andrew now lives in Huntington Chester. His career has been in pharmaceutical and medical device sales working for a variety of large companies over the last 20 years. After leaving his role as a sales business manager with US company Stryker, Andrew has now set up his own medical device sales venture and is currently contracted as a commercial agent to a company called Lawmed.

Andrew and his wife Sajmira also own A&S Cairns Ltd and the brand of premium preserves and salad dressings called Mammy Jamia’s. The brand has been trading for the last seven years with a variety of multiple retailers in the UK, US, Spain and the UAE. Andrew has learned so much as an SME in this market during this time. A real rollercoaster ride but Andrew has enjoyed the many challenges he has faced as the owner of an SME and he continues to put everything he has learned into further developing the now two small businesses he has in both the grocery and health sectors. Representing SME’s on the GS1 UK supervisory board is a real honour for Andrew.

David Hix

David Hix

GAMA Healthcare

David has over 30 years of supply chain and commercial experience and is responsible for GAMA's end-to-end global supply chain to meet current and future requirements.

Prior to joining GAMA, David held various supply chain and commercial roles at Nestlé in the UK and around the globe culminating in being director of supply chain for Nestlé UK and Ireland. David has previous experience of GS1. During his time at Nestlé Oceania, he was heavily involved with GS1 Australia where he also served on their supervisory board for several years.

He lives in Reigate, Surrey with his wife and two children.

Andrew Hughes

Andrew Hughes

Product director, commercial and channels

Andrew is responsible for leading the development of the Tesco operating model for the good, general merchandise and clothing businesses across the Tesco Group. His accountabilities include numerous change programmes and the development of technology systems to support them. In addition, he is accountable for the commercial operations both in the UK and shared service centre in India and the ongoing development of change capacity in colleagues.

His real-world experience working in stores, supply chain, distribution, commercial and technology, combined with his passion for lean (a lean 6 sigma black belt) means Andrew has rich legacy of major business change activities a Tesco spanning a 30-year career.

Melinda Johnson

Melinda Johnson

Department of Health and Social Care

Melinda Johnson joined the Department of Health and Social Care in June 2017 following a period of five years as group commercial director at the Department for Transport. Whilst at Transport Melinda was also director of property, digital, security and information. Melinda joined the Civil Service in 2005 to be a deputy director in commercial at the Department for Education where she held various commercial roles.

Melinda is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and a Chartered Procurement Professional. Melinda’s early career was in IT procurement in organisations such as National Power and British Telecom. Melinda has worked in the wider public sector as well as being head of policy at CIPS for three years. An advocate of CIPS, Melinda served four years on the CIPS board and was chair of CIPS Congress.

Melinda holds an MBA, a BSc Hons in Psychology and has a post graduate qualification in marketing. She is a nonexecutive director of the British Quality Foundation and the NHS SCCL (Supply Chain Coordination Limited).

Melinda is married and lives near Stamford in Lincolnshire.

Murray Lambell

Murray Lambell


Murray is the general manager of eBay UK, which is one of eBay’s strongest markets worldwide.

Prior to becoming general manager, Murray was vice president of trading, and oversaw all of eBay.co.uk’s key verticals, from fashion to electronics and home & garden, ensuring that the site’s 300,000 small business sellers have the tools they need to reach all 27 million active buyers, and to thrive in today’s digital landscape.

Previously at British Airways, Murray started working at eBay Europe in 2008 managing customer loyalty and retention before moving into business selling strategy.

Avi Moor

Avi Moor

Distinctive Retail

Founder and managing director of Distinctive, a fast-growing B2B grocery distribution business. Prior to Distinctive, Avi worked for more than 10 years for Sainsbury's in various senior commercial roles, including leading the UK bakery business, petrol & kiosk, mobile telecoms and heading Sainsbury’s new business development team.

Before Sainsbury’s, Avi worked for IBM Management Consulting Services and Tefen Management Consulting, specialising in supply chain and operations strategy. Avi holds an MBA from London Business School and an MSc in industrial engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

Richard Sadler

Richard Sadler


Richard has 25 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 re-joined 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 responsible for Unilever’s business with several UK customers alongside being the foods division sales director for the UK. He is also the ecommerce director for Unilever UK.

Mark Watson

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.