A new Friend of the Guild, John Giles, is a divisional director of Promar International, the agri food value chain consulting subsidiary of Genus plc.
Educated at University College Swansea in the early 1980s, he has been with the company for over 18 years, carrying out supply chain analyses, business planning, evaluation and feasibility assignments across a wide range of areas within the agri food sector.
“I’ve also worked throughout the UK and on assignments in some 40 other countries, including Continental EU markets, Russia and other countries in Eastern Europe, as well as further afield from Brazil to China and Australasia,” says John. “Mainly, this has involved work in the dairy, meat, fish, horticultural, cereals, soya bean, rice and processed foods and drink sectors.”
In his spare time, he runs a youth football team and is a keen follower of Reading FC as a resident of the Berkshire town.
He is current chairman of the Food, Drink & Agriculture Group of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and past activities include being appointed Visiting Fellow at the School of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, Cranfield University.