Colin Smith

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"Colin has been Chairman of Poundland since June 2002. He has more than twenty years experience of food retailing, wholesaling and manufacturing, principally with Safeway plc where he was CEO from 1993 to 1999 and before that its Finance Director.

"Currently he also has Non-Executive or Board Advisory roles with McBride plc, Hilton Food Group plc and Natures Way Foods Ltd. Until December 2009 he was Chairman of Assured Food Standards, the food industry organisation responsible for administering and promoting food assurance standards using the Red Tractor logo.

"Colin won the award for the Non-Executive Chairman of the Year for Unlisted/Private Equity Backed companies in the NED Awards 2010 for his Chairmanship of Poundland. He was also appointed an OBE in the 2011 New Years Honours List for services to Assured Food Standards."[1] He has 'been involved with not for profit organisations as a past President of the Food Industry Charity, Caravan, and a trustee of" Save the Children UK.[1]


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  1. Poundland Board, organizational web page, accessed June 26, 2012.
  2. The Challenge Network Trustees, organizational web page, accessed June 26, 2012.