Non-executive Board Member of Covent Garden Market Authority (Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chain)
£9,864 for 18 days per year plus per diem rate for further days
Non-executive Board Member of Covent Garden Market Authority (Business Development and Support)
£8,220 for 15 days per year plus per diem rate for further days
New Covent Garden Market (NCGM) is the largest fruit, vegetable and flower market in the UK. Located in the heart of the capital, the Market is the choice of many leading chefs, florists, restaurants, hotels, schools and hospitals. The Fruit and Vegetable Market provides around 40% of the fresh produce served outside the home within the M25, and NCGM has a turnover of £600m. With 160 types of fruit, 180 different vegetables from samphire to mangoes, mizuna to courgette flowers, NGCM has the pick of the world’s best produce. The Market is the launch pad for new varieties and new businesses, whether in food wholesale or distribution.
The Market is owned and run by the Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA), a statutory corporation sponsored by Defra. As landlord the Authority is responsible for managing the assets and providing the infrastructure and services to run a 57-acre wholesale horticulture market at Nine Elms, Vauxhall. The 200 businesses based here range from micro-businesses employing just one individual to multi-million pound businesses for whom the Market is just one outlet: together they employ approximately 2500 people on the site. The Market has strong links with many organisations across the food chain such as wholesalers, distributors, retailers, restaurants and caterers. It also works actively to support and promote its tenants’ businesses and provides a dedicated Business Development Manager to connect local, UK and international producers with the Market.
This is an exciting time at the Authority as it embarks on an ambitious redevelopment project, at the heart of the Nine Elms Vauxhall regeneration scheme, aimed at putting the Market on a sounder commercial footing and enabling it to operate autonomously of Government oversight. Defra’s vision for the future of New Covent Garden Market is for a sustainable food and floristry centre that meets the needs of London and its visitors.
The Board of CGMA comprises a Chair and up to 7 other non-executive Directors or Members of the Authority. We are looking for two new Members to join the Authority. The focus of the Authority is on the effective operation and redevelopment of the Market, working in partnership with Government, and leading the Market though a period of transformational change and into a sustainable future. Members will be expected to prepare for and attend Board meetings and to draw on their specific expertise as appropriate, as well as contributing fully to discussions on all aspects of the work of the Authority. Members will be required to represent the Board on committees and with stakeholders and tenants and will be expected to attend occasional Market functions. They will need to develop good working relationships with the Authority’s executive and operational staff as well as the market traders.
Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chain Member
The successful candidate will be an experienced director, or equivalent, with a proven record of developing opportunities and responding to changes in supply and demand in the food industry. He or she will have an in depth knowledge of the fruit and vegetable supply chain and trade. Knowledge of the UK horticulture trade, particularly wholesale, independent retail and food service, and its challenges would be a real benefit. Some understanding of international trade would be of value but not essential. The Board does not get involved in the trade or commercial deals undertaken by its tenants but performs more of a facilitator role, introducing suppliers and customers to the market and its traders. However, understanding the challenges facing both suppliers and customers will be important as the Board shapes the future strategic direction of the market; defines the support required (in particular for the smaller companies on the market); and targets the communication of the core benefits of the market to opinion formers and decision makers as well as potential and existing tenants, suppliers and customers. He or she will have demonstrated an innovative approach and vision that will help to build the Market and link it to its surrounding neighbourhoods, including a new Garden Heart, as the focus for food and flowers in London.
Business Development and Support Member
The successful candidate for this role will be highly skilled in delivering business development and support programmes, specifically for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). He or she will have strong commercial acumen and experience at a senior level of identifying potential growth opportunities and developing support strategies to help businesses exploit these. The successful candidate will have the ability to apply business models, systems and approaches to deliver greater commerciality and sustainability. He or she will have strong communication and analytical skills, including the ability to examine issues in an impartial way as well as stakeholder management experience. The successful candidate will draw on his or her business support skills and experience to help the businesses of the Market flourish, and to develop NCGM to become an exciting new focus for food and flowers in London.
The Government has announced its intention to disengage from public ownership of NCGM at some point in the future. In parallel with the redevelopment project to secure the long term future of the market, over the next few years Defra and the CGMA Board will consider and assess various exit strategies. Therefore, whilst not essential, experience in growing and shaping a business with a view to public disengagement, an understanding of different exit routes and experience of taking a business through such an exit process would all be valuable in either position.
For further information on either position and how to apply, please email Jacqui.email@example.com
The closing date for applications for both positions is noon on Monday 3 June.
Interviews are expected to be held in mid June.