CGMA is the public statutory corporation established to provide and run the bulk horticulture wholesale market at New Covent Garden in Nine Elms, south London.
New Board members Fiona Fell and Sarah Calcutt will be starting immediately, with David Fison joining in June.
Fiona has 25-years' experience providing independent non-executive leadership across organisations with multiple stakeholders and an impact on wider society.
She is currently developing business-led innovation in the Agri-Food supply chain as Deputy Chairman of the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) a newly formed Agri-Tech consortium delivering collaborative investment in UK capabilities. Fiona worked to deliver value to growers, farmers and the wider food supply chain as a member of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), and with potato-levy payers as a member of the Potato Council during restructuring, becoming Chair of AHDB Potatoes.
Sarah is a sixth-generation farmer from the Weald of Kent and has spent the last 20 years working within the UK’s vibrant food and farming community.
She is in the unique position of having grown, picked, packed and marketed British produce and - through her business Partners in Produce Ltd - she has also worked with some of the big players in production, retail and wholesale. Sarah is also the Operations Director of British Apples and Pears Ltd, Chair of the National Fruit Show, SE Chair of the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust, Vice-Chair of the Rural Policy Group and a Non-Executive Director for Tech fresh produce start-up business COGZ.
David is the Chairman of Hampshire based Humphrey Farms Ltd, a family-owned business. He’s also a Governor at the University of the Arts, London, and a Non-Executive Director at London City Airport. He chairs the Estates and Capital Projects committees on the latter two, both of which have major development programmes. David has more than 35 years’ experience working in the construction sector. He was Chief Executive Officer of Skanska UK plc, the UK arm of one of the world’s leading construction services groups, from 2002 until 2008.
He spent 10 years at Skanska, managing multi-discipline businesses involving very large construction projects and support service operations. David previously held senior management positions at Skanska and construction firm Balfour Beatty.
The recruitment was carried out in accordance with the Ministerial Code of Practice for Appointments to Public Bodies and the appointments will be for between 3 and 4 years. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, there is a requirement for the political activities of appointees to be made public. Fiona, Sarah and David have declared no political activity.
CGMA is the team that looks after and runs New Covent Garden Market. Set up by Acts of Parliament in 1961, CGMA is accountable to Defra, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and led by the Board, members of which are appointed by the Defra Secretary of State. The CGMA Board is chaired by David Frankish.
In partnership with Vinci St Modwen, CGMA is rebuilding the iconic market on its existing site. The future vision is of a flourishing, modern wholesale market for London alongside a new cluster of food-related businesses.