IFST appoints new chief executive

By Gwen Ridler

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Tim McLachlan has been named the next chief executive of IFST
Tim McLachlan has been named the next chief executive of IFST

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The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) has appointed Tim McLachlan as its new chief executive.

McLachlan will start with the Institute on 12 September and, following an introduction and handover with current chief executive Jon Poole, will formally take up his new role from 12 October. 

Commenting on McLachlan’s appointment, IFST president Helen Munday said: We are delighted to have Tim starting as our new chief executive.  

“IFST is in good health thanks to Jon Poole’s strong leadership and I am very confident that Tim is the right person to lead the Institute through the next phase in its growth.” 

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McLachlan has more than 14 years’ experience working in senior roles in the charity sector, most recently serving as chief executive of The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation. Prior to that, Tim was national director of services for Alzheimer’s Society. 

He added: This is an exciting new opportunity for me. The breadth of activities that I can see the Institute is involved in, is impressive and I am really looking forward to working with the board, the executive team and IFST’s active members to deliver the Institute’s ambitious plans.” 

Poole steps down from the role after spending 12 years leading the institute with the intention to focus full-time on the consultancy role that he has been managing on a part time basis alongside his leadership position. 

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Commenting on his time in the role, Poole said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time leading IFST and working with such committed colleagues in the executive team, our Board of Trustees, our members and all of our stakeholders.  

“The Institute continues to thrive and now is a good time to hand over the baton to a new chief executive to drive our strategy forward. I would like to thank all of those who I have had the pleasure of working with over these years for your wonderful support”   

In other food and drink appointment news, last month saw Marks & Spencer chief financial officer Eoin Tonge is to leave the retailer to join Associated British Foods as finance director.​ 

Meanwhile, Food Manufacture Editor Rod Addy has been named the next director general of the Provision Trade Federation.​ 

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