Alistair Gale becomes UK Flour Millers’ Chief Executive

UK Flour Millers has announced the appointment of Alistair Gale as Chief Executive, who will be taking over from Director General Alex Waugh, who has led the organisation (formerly known as nabim) for more than two decades.

Alistair will join UK Flour Millers on 1 June 2023 from the Port of London Authority (PLA), where he is currently Director of Corporate Affairs & Strategy. Prior to the PLA, he worked for the Blue Circle Industries/Lafarge, Cement UK, a UK-based cement manufacturer.

“Flour is an ingredient in about a third of our supermarket foods, and the UK flour milling sector is vital to the nation,” Alistair Gale said. “I’m looking forward to joining in the early summer, continuing the transformation in profile and representation the association has been evolving through over recent years.”

Alex Waugh will be retiring from his role after more than 30 years of service. He has worked across a number of representative organisations, including the UK Rice Association and European Flour Millers, and played a leading role in sectoral committees and organisations advising government and industry.

Commenting on Alex’s retirement, Roger Butler, President of UK Flour Millers and Chairman of Whitworth Bros and Carr’s flour mills said:

“Alex’s passion for the milling industry is evident to all of us as members.  He has helped us address many challenges and changes in his time with the association.  He will leave with our heartfelt thanks for an amazingly well-done job.”

Approximately 2500 people are employed in UK flour milling, working in 51 mills across the country, the UK Flour Millers estimates. As the industry’s representative body, sharing collective views and positions of members is a vital role it plays, speaking on behalf of its members to government, policy makers, the media and other stakeholders.

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