Tim SmithAdvisor, Tesco

Tim is currently acting as an advisor to Tesco on food policy, including health, agriculture and food waste. In October 2012 Tim joined Tesco as the Group Quality Director, prior to this he was the Chief Executive of the UK’s Food Standards Agency for five years. Tim graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Microbiology and Zoology.

Before his spell as a regulator he had spent his entire career in the food business: from 1979 to 1994 he was at Northern Foods, finishing his career there as a Divisional Director. After five years at Sara Lee Corporation, where he was President of the UK business he joined Express Dairies PLC as Executive Director. Express Dairies merged with Arla Foods in October 2003, where he was appointed Chief Executive in early 2005. Tim holds a number of external advisory and charity roles.