Gillian Barker, Director General of GroceryAid, is to retire later this year.
Barker has been with GroceryAid for 14 years. In this time the charity has grown from a benevolent fund with a turnover of £1.4m and 1,100 beneficiaries to an organisation with a net turnover in excess of £4.5m that supports more than 10,000 current and former industry associates.
“It is not without sadness that the time has come for me to say goodbye,” said Barker. “It has been so rewarding to work within this great industry on increasing the awareness of the charity and promoting the work that GroceryAid does. Every working day at GroceryAid has been a pleasure, thanks to the support of my great colleagues and Trustees.”
Barker has spent her entire career in the industry, from her early beginning working as a Saturday girl in a local corner shop through her time at Sainsbury’s and then at Safeway before joining the charity.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed all my years working in the grocery trade. All that has been achieved here at GroceryAid would not have been possible without the support of all those individuals who make this such a fantastic industry,” she concluded.