Executive Committees

FDF is structured so that it is focused on delivering results in the areas that have the biggest impact on our members' businesses.


Council is the main policy making and managerial body of FDF and comprises of:

  • Elected officers: President, Deputy, Vice Presidents, and Chairman of the Finance Committee.
  • FDF Members: Nominated representatives of full FDF member associations.
  • Ex-officio members: Chairmen of the main FDF committees and groups.
  • FDF permanent officials: FDF's Director General and directors of the main FDF divisions attend Council as appropriate.


Executive Committee

The Committee consists of FDF's President, Deputy Presidents and Vice-Presidents (one of whom will also be the Chairman of the Finance Committee); members of the Food Association, the Director General of FDF and any other members that Council appoints or co-opts.

The Chairman of the Committee is the FDF President. His alternate will be one of the other FDF Officers.

The role of the Executive Committee is to:

  • recommend policies and action to Council;
  • where necessary, e.g. in emergency, take action subject to consultation with and approval of Council as soon as possible afterwards.


Finance Committee

The officers and (members) of Council are the statutory directors of FDF and the powers and proceedings of Council are governed by FDF's Articles of Association.

FDF's Finance Committee oversees and manages FDF's finances and comprises:

  • the Council officers; Chairman of the Finance Committee; President, and Deputy President(s);
  • FDF permanent officials: Director General and Finance Controller.


Elected Officers Group

The Elected Officers Group comprises the President, Treasurer, Steering Group Chairs, SME Forum Chair, and the Director General of the Food and Drink Federation. The Chairman of the Group is the FDF President.

The role of the Elected Officers Group is to:

  • provide support to, and advise, the President in his role, and to the Executive Committee on policies and courses of action
  • provide strategic leadership to support the delivery of FDF's Business Plan priorities.


Corporate Affairs Group

The Chairman of the Group is FDF's Director of Communications reflecting the consultative role of the group in assisting FDF's Communications Division in the effective presentation of FDF policies, aims and values. The Communications Division reports to the Group on expenditure on FDF communications activities.

Membership of the Group comprises Corporate Affairs Directors or equivalents drawn from companies represented on FDF's Executive Committee, although it is for each company to nominate its most appropriate representative. Additional members may be co-opted by the Chairman as appropriate.

The Group operates in two ways:

  • via scheduled meetings of the same group, timed to enable input to agenda items for FDF's Executive Committee;
  • via e-mail to ensure speedy dissemination of information and advice to and from members.

The role of the Corporate Affairs Group is to:

  • advise FDF's communications team;
  • enable rapid (electronic) dissemination of information between FDF and its member companies;
  • provide networking opportunities for communications professionals across the industry.

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