Governance Group

Governance is ensured by a Governance Group representative of the entire food supply chain. The composition of the Governance Group reflects the different interests of the chain. The number of representatives for each interest group reflects its diversity. Companies’ representatives may not be appointed as representatives in the Governance Group to avoid conflicts of interest. The interest groups and maximum number of representatives are:

Farmers and agri-cooperatives 4*
Agricultural traders 1
Food and drink industry 4
Brands 1
Retail 4
A cross-cutting group representing SMEs 1

The Governance Group is responsible for coordinating the actions of The Supply Chain Initiative, following the procedures foreseen in the Rules of Procedure, adopted unanimously in January 2013.





Gibbons, Michelle Director General  

AIM – European Brands Association

Rouhier, Pascale 

Secretary General   Celcaa - the European Liaison Committee for Agricultural and Agri-Food Trade
Czech, Susanne Director General  

ERRT - European Retail Round Table

Verschueren, Christian Director General   EuroCommerce

Delberghe, Christel

Director   EuroCommerce
Frewen, Mella  Director General  


Dollet, Evelyne Director, Economic Affairs   FoodDrinkEurope
Kelly, Paul Director  

FDII – Food and Drink Industry of Ireland

Groen, Else Director General  

Independent Retail Europe

Willems, Véronique Secretary General   SMEunited (observer)
Farmers and agri-cooperatives These seats have been reserved for the associations representing farmers and agri-cooperatives if and when they join the framework. 

Independent Chair

Michael Hutchings, appointed October 2017

The role of the Independent Chair is to chair the meetings of the Governance Group, act as a recipient for confidential complaints, issue guidance and recommendations of general interest, and promote good practice. 


For any questions on the Principles of Good Practice or past activities of the SCI, please contact the organisations.