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Our Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board is responsible for the governance of GS1 UK and the Board members perform a high level representational function

They also provide strategic guidance to the Operating Board. The elected industry experts keeping GS1 UK on track for the future are voted in at the GS1 UK Annual General Meeting.

The GS1 UK strategy, annual operating plan and budget are determined by the Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board is responsible for the governance of the Association including:

  • Establishing the strategic direction
  • Advising the Chief Executive and staff
  • Making sure that all members are properly represented
  • Promoting the organisation to influencers and stakeholders

The Supervisory Board offers significant value to the organisation and its goals, helping GS1 UK to offer members best-of-breed solutions to the problems they face. 

Executive Directors of the GS1 UK supervisory board include Gary Lynch, Harshal Gore and Dave Crapnell.

Our current Supervisory Board members

Chris Tyas - Chair

Chris Tyas Headshot

A former global Supply Chain leader now focused on shaping key industry initiatives. Chris joins GS1 UK as chair since retiring in 2018 after 36 years with the world’s largest food and drinks company, Nestlé.

He is a former vice chairman of GS1 UK and, more recently, the co-chair of the Consumer Goods Forum group, helping to shape the organisation’s Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative. He was named as the Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH) region’s top-ranking supply chain executive in June 2018.

Patrick Pondaven - Vice Chair


Patrick leads one of the fastest growing divisions at Amazon UK, his role as Senior Director of Consumables oversees and drives areas such as Health & Personal Care, Beauty, Baby, Pets, Grocery, Beer, Wine and Spirits product categories. He joined Amazon in 2009 in Germany where he led the Audio Video department before serving there as Director, Consumer Electronics.

Before Amazon, Patrick held senior management roles at Philips in Belgium, USA, Canada and finally in Czech Republic, where he led the Central & Eastern Europe business for Philips Consumer Lifestyle.

He holds an engineering diploma from INPG and an MBA from INSEAD.

Patrick brings a wealth of industry knowledge and an international experience to GS1 UK.

Neal Austin - Mayborn Group


Neal is Global Supply Chain Director at Mayborn Group, proud owner of leading baby essentials brand tommee tippee® and his distinguished career in retail spans over 25 years.

After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in Retail Management and Marketing, Neal joined Tesco as a graduate trainee. He spent 10 years at Asda, where he rose through the ranks to Director of Supply, before joining MFI where, as Logistics Director, he was part of a small team involved in the sale of the retail business into private equity ownership.

He went on to join supermarket chain Morrisons, where he was Group Logistics and Supply Chain Director.

Neal joined Mayborn Group in July 2015 and has direct responsibility for all global warehousing and logistics operations in the growing global business.

Graham Biggart - Sainsbury’s


Graham is Director of Commercial Operations at Sainsbury’s Group, with accountability for Sainsbury's and Argos Formats; Space; Central Range, Price & Promotions; Trading Operations, Planning & Systems; Commercial Strategy and Transformation; and the trading P&Ls for Sainsbury's Convenience, Group Clearance, and Argos Republic of Ireland.

Graham joined Sainsbury’s in 2015 from McKinsey & Company, where he was a leader in its EMEA Consumer & Leisure practice. Prior to that he worked at Brunswick Group, covering media, investor and government relations, again specialising primarily in the Retail and Consumer sectors. He has a first-class honours degree from Cambridge University, where he read Classics.

Gavin Boyle - University Hospitals of Derby & Burton


Gavin joined the NHS just over 20 years ago and has 10 years’ experience as a Foundation Trust Chief Executive.

He has held Board level posts as Director of Operations at the Oxford Radcliffe Trust, the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Prior to joining Derby Teaching Hospitals in March 2016 as Chief Executive, Gavin has held the position of Chief Executive at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District NHS Foundation Trust.

Gavin is also Chair of the East Midlands Acute Hospitals Chief Executive Forum.

Andrew Cairns - Mammy Jamia’s


Originally from the Wirral Andrew now lives in Huntington Chester. His career has been in pharmaceutical and medical device sales working for a variety of large companies over the last 20 years. After leaving his role as a Sales Business Manager with US company Stryker in October last year, Andrew has now set up his own Medical Device Sales venture and is currently contracted as a Commercial Agent to a company called Lawmed. 

Andrew and his wife Sajmira also own A&S Cairns Ltd and the brand of Premium Preserves and Salad Dressings called Mammy Jamia’s. The brand has been trading for the last 7 years with a variety of multiple retailers in the UK, US, Spain and the UAE. Andrew has learned so much as an SME in this market during this time. A real rollercoaster ride but Andrew has enjoyed the many challenges he has faced as the owner of an SME and he continues to put everything he has learned into further developing the now 2 small businesses he has in both the grocery and health sectors. Representing SME’s on the GS1 UK Supervisory Board is a real honour for Andrew.

David Hix – Nestlé


David joined Nestlé in 1988 on the graduate scheme with a degree in transport and distribution from the University of Huddersfield. He worked for 15 years in Nestlé UK in a variety of supply chain and commercial roles before moving to become Head of Supply Chain at Nestlé Canada for 5 years, then Nestle Oceania for 3 years – where he was also a GS1 board member.

David is currently Director of Supply Chain for Nestlé UK and Ireland, with accountability for procurement, logistics, demand and supply planning and customer service. He lives in Reigate, Surrey with his wife and two children and is based at the Nestlé UK head office in Gatwick.

Andrew Hughes - Tesco

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Andrew joined Tesco in 1990. He responsible for leading the development of the Tesco operating model for the Food, General Merchandise and Clothing businesses across the Tesco Group. His accountabilities include numerous change programmes and the development of technology systems to support them. In addition, he is accountable for the commercial operations both in the UK and Shared Service centre in India and the ongoing development of change capacity in colleagues.

His real-world experience working in stores, supply chain, distribution, commercial and technology, combined with his passion for lean (a lean 6 sigma black belt) means Andrew has rich legacy of major business change activities a Tesco spanning a 29-year career.

Murray Lambell - eBay

Murray Lambell profile picMurray Lambell is the General Manager at eBay UK, responsible for sales and operations across one of eBay’s strongest markets worldwide.

Attracting over 24 million British buyers a month, Murray oversees each of’s 11 key verticals, from Fashion to Electronics and Home & Garden, ensuring that the sites 200,000 small businesses have the tools they need to thrive in today’s digital landscape.

Previously at British Airways, Murray started working at eBay Europe in 2008 managing customer loyalty and retention before moving into business selling strategy.

Wendy Manning - Boots

Wendy Manning profile picWendy joined Boots UK in 2018 and is currently head of retail supply, where she is accountable for the stock and service to Boots stores and their online business.

Wendy started her career at P&G as a graduate trainee, which led to several years in senior sales and marketing roles for large FMCG companies. During this time, Wendy worked as the first “supplier implant” in Tesco and learnt the importance of strong supply chains in supporting customer-led commercial ambitions.

Later, the opportunity to Join Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) within their supply-chain team seemed a natural career move. Wendy held various positions at Coca-Cola, latterly as vice president, customer logistics. During her 16 years at CCE she was fortunate to work with some of the best manufacturing and operations teams in the industry, and led high-performing logistics teams across Northern Europe.

Wendy has been involved with the Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) board (Supply Chain Leadership Forum) for over a decade and is proud of the work this group has done to promote talent - especially female - within the supply chain industry.

Richard Sadler - Unilever


Richard has 23 years of experience in Unilever, mainly based in the UK. He was originally part of the Unilever foods business in the UK, but his roles have involved working with key customers in the UK, Australia and Europe.

From 2010, Richard was Customer Operations Director for Europe, developing systems, process and capability for sales teams across Western and Eastern Europe.

This included overall responsibility for adherence to GS1 standards in Europe. In April 2013, Richard rejoined the UK business as Customer Operations Director. This role involves overseeing all operations with customers including information (e.g. EPOS, packaging waste), standards, capability, performance and process (e.g. on shelf availability etc).

Richard is currently Customer Director responsible for Unilever’s business with Sainsbury’s, Waitrose & Coop alongside being the Foods Division Sales Director for the UK. 



Mark Watson - Ocado


Mark joined Ocado in 2001 as a Business Development Manager working on a variety of projects during the start-up phase of the business. During his time at Ocado Mark has held a variety of supply chain roles before becoming the Supply Chain and Planning Director.  

He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Supply Chain and Planning division, looking after sales and capacity planning, vendor ordering and network optimisation. Mark graduated from Aston University with a degree in Logistics.