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Jonathan McWhinney appointed as new Tesco buyer J onathan McWhinney has been appointed as a packaged food buyer for Tesco NI, having joined the business six years ago following a short stint in accounts and sales. A business and marketing graduate of the University of Ulster, McWhinney commenced his career in Tesco as part of the trainee management scheme, working towards a role in stock control and merchandising. Having completed manager training, he worked at Tesco stores in Newtownabbey, Castlereagh Road, Cregagh Road, Lisburn’s Bentrim Road and then the largest store in Northern Ireland at Newtownbreda, where he was appointed lead manager for grocery and general merchandise. In his new role, McWhinney will manage relationships between local suppliers and Tesco to ensure their brands grow locally and nationally. He will report to Tesco NI Commercial Manager Sean Largey. “My experiences of working in shops for six years, getting to know and understand our customers and what they want has given me a great foundation to be able to take into my new role,” said McWhinney. “It is an exciting time for Northern Ireland producers with so many local artisans bringing lots of great new products to the market and I am really excited and privileged to become part of the team that will help them to grow both locally and nationally.”
GroceryAid elects two new trustees H
elen Tucker (human resources leader, Procter & Gamble) and Mark Williamson, (commercial director, Waitrose) have been elected to the Board of GroceryAid Trustees, chaired by Chris Etherington (chief executive, Palmer and Harvey). “GroceryAid plays such an important role throughout the industry and I’m delighted to have the opportunity of joining the Trustees and supporting the future direction of the charity,” said Tucker. As members of the Trustee Board, Tucker and Willaimson will have overall responsibility for the governance of the Charity, and will bring their particular skills to help shape future strategy as well as the way the Charity operates on a day-to-day basis. Their extensive knowledge of the grocery industry will be of great benefit in helping raise awareness within the industry and driving the welfare agenda forward. Williamson has been involved with GroceryAid for many years, taking part in multiple London to Paris Cycle Challenges to help raise money for the charity. “I am thrilled to be appointed as a trustee of GroceryAid,” he said. “The charity has grown considerably over the years and I look forward to helping GroceryAid carry forward this momentum.”
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