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20 September 2018

FDF Appoints Tim Rycroft as Chief Operating Officer

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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has today announced the appointment of Tim Rycroft to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Tim joined FDF in September 2015 as Director of Corporate Affairs.

In this new role, Tim will provide direct support to FDF Chief Executive Ian Wright CBE. He will lead for FDF on strategy and industry affairs. He will also retain oversight of the corporate affairs function and continue to be a lead spokesperson for the Federation across a range of issues including Brexit, diet & obesity and industry affairs.

The new role takes effect immediately.

FDF Chief Executive Ian Wright CBE said:

“Over the last three years, Tim has made a huge contribution to the reputation of FDF and our impact in the public arena. He is trusted by members, by FDF staff and by our external stakeholders. He is also a widely respected commentator on the food and drink industry.

“Right now the FDF is representing the industry across a very significant waterfront. Our ability to deliver across this very wide range of issues will determine our success for our members. This move recognises the increasing contribution Tim makes to that endeavour and to the leadership of FDF and allows us to access and deploy his great skills across a much wider agenda.”

Tim Rycroft said:

“At a time when food and drink faces such a wide range of challenges, I'm very excited at the prospect of playing a bigger role in shaping FDF's strategy and external reputation.”

Notes to Editors

* Tim Rycroft was appointed as Director of Corporate Affairs by the Food and Drink Federation in September 2015. Prior to joining FDF, Tim held senior corporate affairs positions for InterContinental Hotels Group, Diageo plc and Boots. He has also worked in communications consultancy and spent three years as a Special (political) Adviser in government.

More Information

Contact Ella Stanbrook, Corporate Affairs Division, at:, or 02074207131.

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