'I work with clients to help them develop their business profitably'
Lydia graduated from Imperial College London with a Master of Science before working as a Senior Buyer at Waitrose for 16 years. She now specialises as an international trade consultant advising clients how to develop their businesses profitably in the food retail sector.
She is an expert negotiator with a proven track record of developing business strategies to create sustainable growth, strong profitability, sales and underlying volume growth.
She is as an international trade consultant for sequa gGmbH (Import Promotion desk, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) on a number of projects with developing and emerging countries to improve trade with the EU.
She advises government trade departments (SIPPO, The Swiss Import Promotion Programme, an initiative of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO); Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, Ministry Agriculture, Food and Marine) and international supermarket groups who want to understand how UK retailers perform and the best practise that they can implement. She was a speaker at CBI (Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries) the agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
Lydia provides detailed advice about supermarket retailing and the food industry to the Banking sector, Investment firms and Management Consulting firms. She was a speaker at Citi Bank’s Pan European Consumer Conference.
An industry expert invited to contribute to a Financial Times article about future food systems, sustainability, security and consumer perceptions and an invited speaker on BBC 5 live Investigates about the responsibility of supermarkets and the food industry regarding healthy food.
After 20 years of working for retailers, Lydia is uniquely positioned to provide a detailed insider perspective as to how supermarket buyers think, what they are looking for and advice on how to fit in and adapt succinctly with a retailer's business model.
Leadership and the ability to deliver success are reinforced by experience as a qualified work coach (City & Guilds). Coaching has been fundamental to managing the development of team and individual’s skills and performance.
A Biology BSc (specialising in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry) from University College London, as well as a MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London, has given an edge in the food industry as an understanding of how food is grown and manufactured strengthens relationships with senior stakeholders when coming from a position of knowledge.
She has a proven track record of developing business strategies to create sustainable growth, strong profitability, sales and underlying volume growth.