Su­per­mar­ket watch­dog boss is star guest at lat­est in se­ries of lec­tures

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

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

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