GS1 UK, the not-for-profit supply chain and data standards organisation, has today announced that Graham Biggart, Director of Commercial Operations at Sainsbury’s, has joined its Supervisory Board.
Graham joins at a time when GS1 UK is working closely with leading retailers and suppliers in grocery to implement productDNA – an industry-wide solution for managing product data, which will improve efficiency and the experience for shoppers.
Graham joined Sainsbury’s in 2015 and has responsibility for space, range & price, formats & design, trading operations, and the trading P&L for Sainsbury’s Convenience business, as Director of Commercial Operations. His previous experience includes McKinsey & Company, as a leader in its EMEA Consumer practice focusing on strategy and transformation, and also Brunswick Group where he supported large retail and consumer businesses with media, government and investor relations.
Biggart said: “It’s exciting to be joining GS1 UK’s Supervisory Board and being able to contribute to the breadth of initiatives that GS1 UK is working on with industry. The organisation’s role in facilitating positive collaboration between retailers and suppliers is a vital one – and will ultimately lead to better value for UK consumers. Similarly, there are huge opportunities to support the UK healthcare drive for greater efficiency and patient safety.”
Jim Spittle, Chairman of GS1 UK, said: “Graham’s experience and insight will be invaluable to GS1 UK at a time when we are shaping our strategic direction for the next three years and looking to add value to our members through trusted data services based on GS1 standards. Working collaboratively with different stakeholders in industry will ensure that we can agree common ways of working, harmonise processes and improve data quality for the benefit of everyone.”
The Supervisory Board is responsible for the governance of GS1 UK and determines the organisation’s strategy, the annual operating plan and budget.
Its members represent GS1 UK’s wide membership base and include senior directors from Tesco, Ocado, John Lewis, Amazon, the Department of Health, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Unilever, Nestle, Mondelez and Mammy Jamias.