Steve Barnes, Commercial and Membership Director at the Food & Drink Federation (FDF), has been appointed the new Director General of GroceryAid. He will officially start in September 2016.
Barnes (pictured) has spent his entire career in the grocery industry. He replaces Gillian Barker who has been at the helm for the last 14 years and will be retiring at the end of November.
Starting his career in location planning – evaluating sites for Safeway, Presto and Lo-Cost stores – Barnes then spent 17 years at IGD and the last four years as Commercial and Membership Director at the industry’s largest trade association, the FDF.
“While I’m disappointed to be leaving FDF, this is a hugely exciting role to take on in the grocery arena. I am privileged and humbled to inherit a fantastic team in a supportive industry to serve the beneficiaries of GroceryAid,” Steve Barnes commented. “The assistance given from the industry to those in need is inspiring and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to drive even greater awareness of the Charity.”
Gillian Barker, who announced her retirement in February, added: “I am delighted that Steve has been appointed as my successor. I am more than confident that GroceryAid will continue to support our industry colleagues under his stewardship.”