July, 2024

ETP announces appointment of Martin Short as Interim Executive Director

Martin’s appointment underscores ETP’s commitment to support the sector to respond to rising human rights due diligence legislation.

ETP’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Short as Interim Executive Director. Martin’s appointment comes as ETP’s Executive Director, Jenny Costelloe, is stepping aside whilst on medical leave.

Martin, who currently serves as the Managing Partner of Thea Advisory Ltd., brings with him extensive strategic leadership and sustainable development experience in both the private and public sectors, and will step into his new role effective immediately.

Martin’s career has been marked by transformative initiatives and a commitment to systemic change that leads to long lasting impact. His experience spans diverse industries and roles focused on lives and livelihoods in the global south. Martin has held leadership positions as President of World Cocoa Foundation, CEO of The Power of Nutrition, and at UBS Group AG, a Swiss multinational investment bank.

“Martin’s track record of guiding organisations and business through periods of growth and innovation makes him an ideal fit for ETP at this time,” said Tom Franks, Chair of ETP’s Board of Directors.

“His expertise will be instrumental to advance our mission to catalyse long-term, systemic change, to benefit everybody who works in tea – especially people in tea-producing regions.”

Tom Franks Chair of ETP’s Board of Directors

As the Interim Executive Director, Martin will be at the forefront of ETP’s strategic initiatives, convening the sector and facilitating collaboration between our members, businesses, governments, and civil society, enabling us to mobilise resources to deliver our transformational strategy. Martin’s appointment underscores ETP’s commitment to support the sector to respond to rising human rights due diligence legislation and urgent actions required to mitigate and respond to human rights risks.

“I’m honoured to join ETP at such a critical juncture,” said Martin. “I look forward to working with the team and build on the impact that has been forged under Jenny’s leadership to drive impactful change and support the tea industry’s journey towards a thriving, socially just and environmentally sustainable sector.”

ETP welcomes Martin and looks forward to the positive transformation his leadership will bring.

About ETP

ETP is a global membership organisation working to catalyse long-term, systemic change, to benefit everybody who works in tea – especially people in tea-producing regions.

ETP’s work addresses the key issues within economics, equality, and the environment. It focuses on delivering locally-led projects that involve communities, supporting the private sector to pioneer new business models, and engaging stakeholders to support policies that positively impact people in tea.

ETP’s members include a range of tea companies, from the sector’s start-ups to the biggest multi-nationals. ETP convenes and facilitates collaboration between its members, businesses, governments, and civil society which enable it to mobilise its resources and deliver its broad range of work.

Founded in 1997, ETP is a non-profit organisation and is supported by both its international members and other private and public sector donors.

Visit www.etp-global.org for further information.