John Woods Nurseries has announced the appointment of Tim Cooper Jones as non-executive chairman. Tim’s appointment provides valuable insight into the retail and consumer markets, bringing with him 30 years of Board experience in the FMCG and fresh produce sectors within Birds Eye Walls and other parts of Unilever; Geo. Adams & Sons; QV Foods; William Jackson Food Group and J F Edwards (Smithfield).
Tim, who was awarded an OBE for services to the food industry, has extensive UK and international experience of financial management, customer relations, IT, purchasing and planning gained across both branded and retailer own label consumer product businesses.
John Lord, John Woods Nurseries Managing Director said, “After bringing Tim in to work on a number of specific projects, we felt his experience would really benefit the company on an ongoing basis. We were delighted when Tim accepted our invitation to join the Board. We are extremely lucky to have someone with Tim’s in depth knowledge of the retail sector and fresh produce joining the team.’’
“As this year has highlighted, for the industry to thrive retailers and nurseries need to work together ever more closely and Tim brings valuable insights from other sectors.”
Tim Cooper Jones said, “I very much enjoyed helping the team and am delighted now to remain closely involved as the business moves forward. My visit to the National Plant show reinforced my view that this is a vibrant industry, which is very much customer and consumer focussed. Although this is a particularly tough year for allUKsuppliers, John Woods have strong plans in place to build on in 2013. Let's hope for a year of more favourable weather!”