GroceryAid’s board of trustees has appointed Morrisons chairman Andy Higginson as its new president, and Booker chief executive Charles Wilson as vice-president.

Higginson said he was “honoured and humbled” to take on the role from 1 July.

“I am thrilled to be working with the GroceryAid team and the trade to drive the charity forward as we build on the excellent progress made by my predecessors.”

Andrew Moore will step down as fundraising president, with GroceryAid chief executive Steve Barnes paying tribute to Moore.

“Andrew has provided attentive, thoughtful and calm leadership for GroceryAid at a time of great change in our organisation and challenging trading in the industry,” said Barnes. “This is exactly what we needed and means we now assist more grocery people in need than ever before.”

Wilson said he was delighted to support GroceryAid and Higginson, describing the charity as very dear to his heart.

“I am excited about working with colleagues across the supply chain to ensure we support grocery people in need as effectively as possible,” he said.

Wilson has recently steered Booker to a £3.7bn merger deal with Tesco.