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, Dave Crapnell and Sarah Atkins.
In 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.