Head of Responsible Sourcing, Marks & Spencer
Louise Nicholls is Head of Responsible Sourcing, with responsibility for setting strategic direction of Marks & Spencer’s Food sustainability plan. Her team work closely with buying teams on a day to day basis with issues as diverse as Ethical Trade, Water stewardship, Global community programmes, Lean manufacturing and sustainable raw material procurement. Louise is a board member of Sedex and a key part of her role is interaction with a wide range of stakeholders and suppliers. In the last 12 months she has travelled to South America, Africa, Asia and Europe meeting with over 1,000 suppliers and local stakeholders to understand their issues and perspectives.