Judith Batchelar awarded OBE for services to Food and Farming
Director of Sainsbury’s Brand has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours list, published today
Judith has been Director of Sainsbury’s brand for 10 years and is responsible for all aspects of Sainsbury’s product offer – from policy formation on aspects such as Animal Welfare, Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing, through to Product Technology, Product Development, Product Safety, and Packaging.
Judith Batchelar OBE said: “I am absolutely delighted and feel truly honoured by this recognition. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved at Sainsbury’s so this is testament to the work of my team and everything we’re doing to drive innovation and quality for our customers. We’re committed to our values and sourcing, as well as supporting our farmers and always looking for new, sustainable ways of working.”
Judith has worked in the food and drink industry for over 30 years and is a Biochemist and Registered Nutritionist. She has a particular interest and expertise in building resilient and sustainable farming and food systems.
Prior to Sainsbury’s, Judith held a similar role at Safeway, spent twelve years in the Food Division at Marks & Spencer, most latterly driving their Health and Well-being strategy, and prior to this worked in manufacturing for Mars and Bass.
In addition to her work at Sainsbury’s, Judith sits on the Executive Board of the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, the Board of Trustees for Farm Africa and The Matt Hampson Foundation, is a member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is also an ambassador for the Woodland Trust and Co Chairs the Governments Industrial Leadership Council working on the implementation of the UK’s first Agri-Tech Strategy.