Iain Ferguson

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Iain Ferguson CBE is the Honorary Vice President of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF). Ferguson also sits on the Council of Food Policy Advisors, a committee which is part of the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. Ferguson is also active in a number of key industry groups. He is the current President of the Food & Drink Federation, and is Past President of the Institute of Grocery Distribution, as well as having a long history of working with and for key players in the food industry.[1]



Ferguson was appointed CEO of Tate & Lyle in May 2003. Prior to his role at Tate & Lyle, Ferguson worked for Unilever plc for 26 years. [2]. He joined the company in 1977 as a trainee following graduation from St Andrews University.

In 1988 he became chairman of plant breeding international and in 1992 his role expanded to include chairmanship of the Unilever Plantation Group. He moved to be chairman of Birds Eye Walls in 1995 and then senior vice president corporate development for Unilever in April 2001. [3]

In May 2009, Ferguson stood down as chief executive of Tate & Lyle after a spate of profits warnings that forced the Golden Syrup maker out of the FTSE-100 [4]

Ferguson is also a Board member of Greggs plc [5]


Food Lobbyist


Tate & Lyle


British Nutrition Foundation

Food & Drink Federation

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


  1. DEFRA Council of Food Policy Advisors: Members, Page last modified: 26 June 2009. Page published: 6 November 2008. Date accessed 5th February 2010.
  2. Bloomberg.com Tate & Lyle plc - Executive Profile of Iain Ferguson C.B.E., Page last modified: 10th February 2010. Date accessed: 10th February 2010
  3. Food Navigator.com Tate & Lyle CEO to be voice of UK's food sector, Page published: 26th September 2006. Date accessed: 5th February 2010.
  4. Daily Mail Online Tate & Lyle boss Iain Ferguson to stand down, Page last modified: 19th May 2009. Page published: 19th May 2009. Date accessed: 10th February 2010.
  5. Greggs plc [1], Date accessed: 19th April 2010.