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Chairman of Marks & Spencer to speak at Walker Morris Food & Drink Leadership Dinner

Archie Norman to speak at the 7th annual Walker Morris Food & Drink event

Reaffirming its position as a key fixture on the food & drink industry calendar, the Walker Morris Food & Drink Leadership Dinner will return for a 7th year next month.

This year the Chairman of Marks & Spencer, Archie Norman, will lead a discussion after dinner, continuing the event’s reputation for after dinner speakers drawn from the highest levels in the industry.

Over 70 leading figures from the world of food & drink are expected to attend the event, which will be held in York on Thursday 4 October.

Archie Norman was appointed as Chairman to Marks & Spencer in September 2017. He has extensive retail experience having been instrumental in transforming a number of major British businesses including: Kingfisher, Asda and Energis. He is Chairman of Lazard UK and has served as Chairman of ITV and Hobbycraft. He was the first and only FTSE 100 Chairman to be elected a Member of Parliament, where he served for eight years.

Richard Naish, Head of the Food & Drink Group said:

“We are delighted to announce Archie Norman as our speaker at the dinner. He is renowned as a pillar of the retail and political world and we are extremely grateful to have someone of his calibre share his insight and experience.  It will undoubtedly make for a very interesting evening.”

Previous speakers at the Dinner have included: Heather Hancock, chair of the Food Standards Agency, Mike Coupe, Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s, David Salkeld former CEO of Symington’s, Tim Smith, former Tesco Group Technical Director, Jim McCarthy former Chief Executive of Poundland Group plc and Andrew Higginson, Chairman of Morrisons.

Read about our 2017 dinner with Heather Hancock, chair of the Food Standards Agency Board, here:

Read about our 2016 dinner with the Chairman of Morrisons here.

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