Career Highlights

2001 - 2003 | Business Development Director

Tesco PLC

1998 - 2001 | World Non Food Sourcing Director

Tesco PLC

1994 - 1997 | Trading Director - Non Food

Tesco PLC

1989 - 1994 | Divisional Director Technical Services

Tesco PLC

1979 - 1989 | Principal Lecturer and Director of BSc (Hons) programme

Bath University

1975 - 1978 | Senior Lecturer in Food Service and Nutrition

Edinburgh University

Aziz Mentor - UK

An experienced FTSE NED, international multi-channel retailer and buying director. Christine brings profound experience as an Exec and Non-Exec Board member in FTSE, ASA, PE and private companies. She has a passion for the consumer from her role as an international buying director. A team player, Christine has supported the development of others to deliver enhanced performance through leading by example; her strong leadership and influencing skills have consistently led to outstanding results in both commerce and academia.

Specific Expertise

  • business transformation
  • high performing teams
  • transition between roles
  • market entry and exit
  • internationalisation
  • organisational design
  • board diversity
  • cross-cultural working
  • situational diagnostics/business planning

Career history

Beginning her career with 15 years in academia at Edinburgh and Bath universities, culminating with the role of Course Director and Principal Lecturer at Bath, Christine then joined Tesco Plc at Operating Board level as Head of Consumer Services. Her broad experience and profound professional insight then accumulated as she progressed through the various Director roles.

She has enjoyed a portfolio career for the last 15 years, which comprises of NED roles for Next Plc, Woolworths AU and Sonae Portugal, alongside her own business. She spent 6 years as Chief Retail and Consumer Advisor with PWC, and brings experience as an Advisor to Apax and Warburg Pincus PE.

Current Portfolio

Since stepping back from full-time corporate life, Christine enjoys a plural portfolio:

  • Director – Christine Cross Ltd. An independent retail management advisor established in 2003
  • NED and Remco Chair – Coca Cola European Partners plc, May 2016 – Present. Euro 12bn T/O bottler operating across Europe and the Nordics
  • NED and Remco Chair – Hilton Food Group PLC, March 2019 – Present. £1.6bn T/O protein processing business in UK, Europe and Australia
  • NED – Pollen Estate, Oct 2016 – Present. £800m property portfolio in Central London
  • NED – Zooplus, Nov 2019 – Present. Euro 1.3bn e-commerce pet business
  • Advisor to the Board of River Island, May 2015 – Present. £1.2bn T/O fashion business
  • Advisor to the Board of Unilever T2, Jan 2015 – Present. Euro 83m T/O
  • Fellow and Mentor – Enterprise Unit, Royal Agricultural University. 2014 – Present

Mentoring Experience

  • mentored on the Partner Programme as part of her PWV role – Paid
  • currently mentors the CEO and CEO-1 team of one of the big 5 food retailers in the UK – Pro Bono
  • mentors an alumni of individuals who have worked for or alongside her in the past – Pro Bono
  • mentors at Royal Agricultural University – Pro Bono

Personal Interests

house renovation

interior design

reading

travel

Key Influencers

“John Gildersleeve who believed in me at Tesco and afforded me opportunities to develop outside of my past experience

Eliza Manningham Buller, as above, plus taught me that working through others is the route to the very best outcomes.”

Awards and recognition

  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal Agricultural University, 2018
  • DIP Man (Distinction), OU, 1990
  • MSc in Food Science, University of Reading, 1983
  • BEd 1st, Food and Nutrition, University of Newcastle, 1973

Locations

London

Cotswolds

Milan

Munich