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Borough Market welcomes new chair of trustees

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The Trustees of Borough Market are delighted to announce the appointment of Christine Elliott as Chair of the Board of Trustees, who will commence her role on 27th September 2018.

Christine will bring to Borough Market, London’s oldest and most influential food market, a wealth of leadership experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors. During her eight years as Director of World War Two code-breaking centre Bletchley Park, she gained ownership of the historic site for its charitable trust, led its regeneration and made it nationally and internationally renowned. Christine has held high profile roles as the CEO of a professional body and of a 135,000 strong membership organisation. For the last 15 years, she has specialised in building and growing organisations at strategic and operational levels and her portfolio currently includes a directorship at Collaborate CIC, a hands-on think tank that tackles complex social challenges.

Christine is also a seasoned Chair and Non-Executive Director, including being Senior Independent Director on the College of Policing board in London, having chaired its College Regulatory Consultative Group and Audit and Risk Committees. She is an Independent Lay Member of the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee, whose Code is the foundation for the UK press regulatory system, which is enforced by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) and others.

Working closely with Managing Director Darren Henaghan, the Trustees, staff and traders, Christine will be responsible for strategic direction and taking Borough Market to the next stage in its evolution.

Christine Elliott, new Chair of Trustees, Borough Market said: “I am honoured and energised by the chance to support the Borough Market community and to curate a board of such wide ranging talents. We are implementing and developing innovative plans to ensure that Borough Market continues to be the best produce market in the world. It will be my privilege to work with all concerned to ensure that the Market remains authentic, exciting, sustainable and at the very heart of this great city.”

Christine will replace Donald Hyslop, whose term of office comes to an end in September. In his eleven-year service with Borough Market, firstly as a Board of Trustees member in 2007, and then as Chair from 2011, Donald has overseen a period of major change at the 1,000 year-old market. This includes the successful delivery of major projects including the reopening of Three Crown Square, the establishing the Market Hall and a significant strengthening of the Market’s commitment to sustainable food production, waste reduction and community. He was also asked to serve an additional year as Chair to help manage the recovery of the market after the terrorist attack of June 2017.

Donald has also been instrumental in forging links with leading international food markets with the launch of the ‘M7’ market alliance in July this year, with whom he will continue to work.  His work in Borough and Bankside continues with his ongoing roles as Head of Regeneration and Community Partnerships at Tate Modern and Chair of Better Bankside BID. He also remains an influential voice on the global markets stage.

Donald Hyslop, retiring Chair of Trustees, Borough Market, said: “It has been a privilege to have served my two terms as a Trustee and the Chair of Borough Market for the last 11 years. I’ve been fortunate and excited to work in one of London’s most iconic institutions; a remarkable place with creative, intelligent and committed traders and staff. We have faced, and risen to, many challenges over the years. The many things we do here at Borough: in terms of our community, London and globally, is more important now than ever before, in an increasingly inward-looking world. The market has a reputation for “the best” and the affection people feel for Borough is something to be nurtured and built on, keeping the independent spirit and thinking which makes it different from anywhere else in the world.”