Supermarket watchdog boss is star guest at latest in series of lectures
THE head of the supermarket watchdog will give a talk to continue an impressive line-up of guest speakers at this year’s Langley Lectures.
Christine Tacon is the head of the Groceries Code Adjudicator, which acts as the watchdog overseeing practices by the supermarkets.
She found herself in various news reports earlier this year after ruling that Tesco had breached the industry’s code of conduct by delaying payments to suppliers to protect its own finances.
Christine lives in Sutton and is lined up to be the next speaker at Langley Lectures, a series of talks on a variety of subjects for people to learn about the local area and wider world.
Christine has also been a non-executive director of the Met Office for 11 years and previously ran Anglia Farmers, a £250m farm-purchasing co-operative.
A chartered engineer with 12 year’s experience in sales and marketing, Christine was awarded a CBE for services to agriculture in 2004.
Heather Self, from Langley Lectures, said: “We’re very lucky to have Christine Tacon as our next speaker. People may have seen her all over the news with her report into Tesco.
“Christine will speak about her role overseeing the code of practice between the ten large supermarkets and their direct suppliers.”
The third Langley lecture was by MP David Rutley who talked about his life in politics.
Heather said: “One of David’s great passions is the outdoors and he loves the countryside around Langley. He believes that promoting outdoor activity is good not only for people’s health but also for the rural economy and even took the Health Minister up nearby Shining Tor.
“As a teenager David did voluntary work in Toxteth and Moss Side in 1981, just as rioting broke out. He made a commitment to making a contribution, initially via business and then through politics.”
The talk ‘How Should Supermarkets Behave?’ is on Wednesday, March 2 at 7.45pm, at Langley Chapel, on Main Road, Langley.
●● Christine Tacon is to talk about her work at the next Langley Lecture