Christine Tacon CBE keynote speaker at Chamber event to celebrate International Women’s Day


Wednesday 6 February 2019



Delegates are encouraged to debate ‘Balance for Better’ to celebrate International Women’s Day at Peterborough Cathedral on Friday 8 March.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Opening the event will be keynote speaker Christine Tacon OBE who has been the Groceries Code Adjudicator since 2013, regulating the largest grocery retailers in the way they treat their suppliers.

We will also hear from Linda Fogarty-Smith, Director at Talkspace, and Canon Sarah Brown at Peterborough Cathedral who will share their experiences and lessons learnt from working in male dominated sectors.

A debate on the International Women’s Day theme ‘Balance for Better’ will allow delegates to focus on the part we can all play in building a gender balanced world.

Commenting on her involvement, Christine Tacon CBE said: “This event is a fabulous opportunity to celebrate past and present generations of women who have done so much to bring food to the tables of families in Cambridgeshire and the wider UK.

“As the Groceries Code Adjudicator I find it really exciting to meet increasing numbers of young women who see jobs in farming and the food industry as great career prospects. Today there are no longer jobs reserved for men or women; it is about who is right for the particular job and who has the right skills and knowledge.”

International Women’s Day: #BalanceforBetter
Friday 8 March, 9.30am-1.00pm
Peterborough Cathedral, Minster Precincts, Peterborough, PE1 1XS


This event is sponsored by Hunt and Coombs Solicitors, Management Development Services and Talkspace.


About Christine Tacon CBE
Christine Tacon has been the Groceries Code Adjudicator since 2013, regulating the largest grocery retailers in the way they treat their suppliers. She is working to achieve behaviour change and a more equitable relationship between retailers and suppliers through persuasion and the promotion of good practices.

She is also a non-executive director of the AF Group, a co-operative procurement business for agricultural members, and Chair of MDS Limited, a training provider for graduates in the fresh food and produce industry.

Christine’s professional background is as a Chartered Engineer with 12 years’ experience in sales and marketing. Her early career was with Coats Viyella, Mars Confectionery, Anchor and Vodafone. For 11 years, until 2012, she ran the Co-op’s farming business and was awarded a CBE for services to agriculture in 2004.