The Prime Minister has appointed Sir David Lewis, former chief executive of Tesco, as the UK Government’s supply chain adviser.
Dave Lewis will advise the Prime Minister and Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on UK supply chains, 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.
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 come under sustained pressures in recent months including labour shortages. The Government said it had responded by introducing a series of measures to relieve pressure on vital supply chains, including by streamlining the testing process for HGV drivers, as well as introducing short-term visas for fuel drivers, food haulage drivers and poultry workers.
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.
Boris Johnson, said: “I’m 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.”