Sir David Lewis Tapped For UK Government's Supply Chain Adviser Post
October 11, 2021
The UK Prime Minister has appointed Sir David Lewis, former CEO of
Tesco, as the UK Governmentís supply chain adviser.
Dave Lewis brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise
to the new role. He will advise the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the
Duchy of Lancaster on both immediate improvements and any necessary long
term changes to UK supply chains for goods, and will work with
government officials to quickly resolve acute, short term issues.
This includes both identifying the causes of current blockages and
pre-empting potential future ones, and advising on resolutions either
through direct government action or through industry with Government
support. Building on the current government approach, he will work
closely with industry to improve government access to data and build the
most effective methods into future responses to blockages.
Dave Lewis will also co-chair the new Supply Chain Advisory Group,
consisting of external experts in the field, and the new Industry
Taskforce, to ensure those on the ground have the opportunity to voice
their concerns and advise on the most efficient resolutions.
Businesses have faced a range of challenges over recent months as they
recover from the global pandemic which has impacted supply chains across
Europe and around the world. The government has acted quickly to
introduce a series of measures to relieve pressure on vital supply
chains, including by streamlining the testing process for HGV drivers,
creating skills bootcamps to train up HGV drivers, as well as
introducing short-term visas for fuel drivers, food haulage drivers and
poultry workers to ease pressures facing these supply chains.
Dave Lewis will work closely with the Prime Minister, No10 and the
Treasury, and will be based in the Cabinet Office. He has been appointed
until the end of the year, beginning in the role from Monday 11 October.
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said: Iím pleased that Sir David Lewis is
joining the team who have been working on future proofing our supply
chains across the United Kingdom as we recover from the pandemic.
There are currently global supply issues which we are working with
industry to mitigate and Dave brings a wealth of experience which will
help us continue to protect our businesses and supply chains.