Bidvest Foodservice CEO Andrew Selley is the new chairman of FWD, taking over from Martin Williams of Landmark Wholesale, whose extended three-year turn at the helm comes to an end in December. He's the first Chairman to come from a foodservice distributor although previous Presidents in the Federation's 98-year history have come from foodservice backgrounds.
His priorities over the next two years will be helping steer the industry through the issues and opportunities that emerge from the brexit process, and ensuring that the interests of the wholesale industry are at the forefront of government decision making.
FWD represents food and drink wholesalers which together supply and support 72,000 retail and 330,000 foodservice customers. The appointment of a chairman from a foodservice background reflects the evolving and expanding Federation, which has added foodservice distributors Caterforce and Country Range to its membership in the last few years.
FWD Chief Executive James Bielby said: “There’s no doubt that the next few years will be politically and economically turbulent, and FWD will be playing a key role in guiding the industry through the changing legislative landscape, speaking to government on behalf of our members as the impact of brexit on our sector become clear. FWD is built on strong co-operation between members and other supply chain stakeholders, and thanks to Martin’s efforts as chairman we are in a great position to face whatever challenges come our way. We’re delighted that Andrew has agreed to bring his experience and enthusiasm to the task of carrying on this work.
“It has been a real pleasure working with Martin over the last three years and we have made great progress in that time in our public affairs work, promoting the sector and bringing wholesale together. I look forward to working with Andrew and wish Martin all the best for the future. We haven’t seen the last of him.”
Martin Williams, who is also leaving his role as Managing Director of Landmark, said: “I have enjoyed every minute of my time as FWD chairman and I’m very proud of what we have achieved together, particularly our engagement with supplier companies. We have got the whole industry talking, and that will be vital to the future success of our routes to market.
“I wish Andrew the best in his new position and want to thank everyone in the wholesale sector for their support and friendship over my time in office.”
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