At Forum for the Future, he has advised many of the world’s leading food business on sustainability. He led flagship food projects, including Consumer Futures – which explored how to create consumer pull on sustainable food – and Check-out Carbon, which explored the role of carbon labelling in creating a low-carbon shopping basket.

He has also advised Government, for example in his roles on Defra’s Green Claims Steering Group and Green Food Project. He was a member of the Carbon Trust Reduction and Communications Steering Group, which developed the Code of Good Practice for product greenhouse gas emissions and reduction claims in the UK.

Dan began his career at KPMG where he qualified as an accountant before moving into food: first in manufacturing and then at Forum for the Future, after studying for a Masters in Environmental Technology (specialising in Business and Sustainability) from Imperial College London.

Helen Browning OBE, Food Ethics Council Chair, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Dan to the Food Ethics Council. His strong leadership skills and wealth of knowledge of the food agenda will be key assets to the organisation at an exciting time in its development.

“I am confident that Dan, along with the rest of the Food Ethics Council team, will build on our reputation as champions of a food system where it is easy for people to eat well, and where protecting the environment and animal welfare are the norm.”

Dan, who takes up his post on 12th December, said:

“The Food Ethics Council is an organisation I have long admired. I am passionate about its mission of helping create a better, fairer, greener food system.

“I’m excited and honoured to be taking on the role of Executive Director and to be joining a great team. I look forward to building on the fantastic work it is already doing and to helping it grow its impact and influence still further in the years ahead.”

Dan takes over from Sue Dibb, who stepped down as Executive Director in August this year.

Notes to editors

  1. The Food Ethics Council is a charity that works towards a food system that is fair and healthy for people and the environment. Our independent advice to business, government and civil society helps find a way through controversial issues and supports better choices in food and farming.
  2. We believe that healthy and sustainable food, produced and traded fairly and humanely, should be the norm not the exception. We want to change the food system to make this a reality.
  3. Our fourteen-member Council is the foremost group of experts and opinion formers on ethical issues in food and farming. They work voluntarily and in a personal capacity. Their backgrounds include farming, food businesses and academia.