Food industry charity GroceryAid has added Waitrose’s Mark Williamson and Procter & Gamble’s Helen Tucker to its board of trustees.

Mark Williamson, commercial director at Waitrose, and Helen Tucker (human resources leader, Procter & Gamble, have been elected to the board of GroceryAid trustees, which is chaired by Chris Etherington, chief executive, Palmer and Harvey.

Tucker said of the appointment, “GroceryAid plays such an important role throughout the industry and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to join the trustees and support the future direction of the charity.”

Williamson (pictured) and Tucker will have overall responsibility for the governance of the charity, and will help shape future strategy, as well as the way it operates day to day.

The charity said in a statement: “Their extensive knowledge of the grocery industry will be of great benefit in helping raise awareness within the industry and driving the welfare agenda forward.”

Williamson has been involved with GroceryAid for a number of years, and has taken part in multiple London-to-Paris cycle challenges to fundraise for the charity. He said: “I am thrilled to be appointed as a trustee of GroceryAid. The charity has grown considerably over the years and I look forward to helping it carry forward this momentum.”

Last month 33 cyclists undertook a 333km expedition from Whitehaven to Whitby to raise funds for GroceryAid.