ETP’s vision of a thriving tea sector that is socially just and environmentally sustainable is ambitious, and the organisation wants to tackle deep-rooted, complex issues and create lasting change for the global tea sector. Tom’s 20 plus years’ experience, providing strategic and operational leadership for multi-national organisations, will provide insight and guidance to ETP as it implements its Strategy2030.
From 2015 to 2022, Tom was Group CEO of Camellia Plc, the world’s largest private tea producer. During his time at Camellia, Tom led the organisation in its adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, a transformational step for the sector. He acted as a co-Chair of the Global Tea Coalition, a producer-packer CEO forum where leaders from the sector discuss living wages and incomes, equality, and environmental sustainability.
“The tea sector faces incredible challenges today and difficult times ahead,” said Franks.
“I believe that the Ethical Tea Partnership and its members can catalyse long-term, systemic change, to benefit everybody who works in tea. I can’t wait to get started and to work with my fellow Directors and ETP staff to address the sector’s key issues within economics, equality, and the environment.”
Following an open recruitment process independently managed and screened by a sub-committee of the Board of Directors, Keith Writer, ETP’s Interim Chair and Supply Director at Taylors of Harrogate, welcomed Tom into his new role.
“Tom brings leadership and passion to the role,” said Writer. “I am delighted to welcome Tom to the Board.