New Food Surplus and Waste Champion announced

The Environment Secretary Michael Gove has appointed the UK’s first Food Surplus and Waste Champion. Philanthropist Ben Elliot, who co-founded the luxury concierge service Quintessentially Group, will be in the unpaid role for one year, aiming to drive forward the government’s efforts to reduce food waste.

Elliot’s responsibilities include advising the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on the distribution of its £15 million food waste fund, which is intended to improve the redistribution of surplus food from producers and retailers.

Elliot said: “My new appointment will allow me to work with Defra and food retailers all over the country to help build out a nationwide strategy that will ensure surplus food is not wasted at the expense of those in our society that truly need it.”