John Clague Former head of Quality and Compliance, private and exclusive brands, at both Waitrose and Asda in the UK
An experienced Compliance and Senior Retail Technical Manager with over 30 years in the retail food industry, holding a number of senior roles within both Asda and Waitrose, the food retail arm of the John Lewis Partnership. In these roles, his prime focus was in developing retail quality and compliance strategies, intercompany processes and global food safety standards and to innovate to meet demanding short-term and long-term goals. John’s success in his roles involved building strong external strategic relationships with key supply chain partners.
Pioneered third-party supply chain audits with Private Label suppliers which became the BRC (British Retail Consortium) Global Food Safety audit and laterally internationally recognized with other standards through the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
Played a pivotal role between a UK retailer (Asda) and a US retailer (Walmart) in ensuring a smooth transition of all brand and product due diligence processes including the technical product life cycle portal.
Led Asda to be the first retailer in the world to introduce a truly integrated web-enabled due diligence system fully integrated with suppliers.
Transformed Waitrose technical compliance systems, and implemented responsible sourcing strategies delivering fully sustainable supply chains in palm oil and soya.
Implemented Quality and Compliance across the international business to business activity between Waitrose and buying teams across the globe including Dubai and China.