Traidcraft appoints interim Chief Executive

May 01, 2015

Traidcraft is proud to announce that Andy Biggs has agreed to take on the role of Chief Executive, on an interim basis, as the process of identifying a permanent appointment continues.

Andy, who sits on the Traidcraft Board as a Non-Executive Director, has been interim Managing Director of the commercial arm of Traidcraft since January, following the departure of the previous Chief Executive Mags Vaughan. He will now take on the wider remit of overseeing both Traidcraft’s trading and charity operations.

 Ram Gidoomal, chairman of Traidcraft said: “We want to be sure that whoever we appoint into the permanent role of Chief Executive is here for the long-term, giving Traidcraft continuity and stability in the years ahead. There are a number of individuals who we are speaking to and our work will continue to identify a long term successor. It’s a decision we do not wish to rush into. In the immediate term though, we are anxious to provide Traidcraft with continued, strong leadership and I am extremely pleased that Andy, who has made a strong contribution over the last four months as interim Managing Director, has agreed to stay on and take up the fuller Chief Executive role for the coming year. Andy brings commercial experience from the private sector. He has huge passion and commitment for Traidcraft and we are extremely grateful that he has accepted the role.”

 Andy Biggs said: “Traidcraft is an inspirational organisation, making an incredible impact on the lives of so many people across the developing world. That’s why it’s truly important that we protect Traidcraft and ensure it’s here for many years to come. But tough trading conditions, particularly last year, impacted us significantly and as a result we are making some big and important changes to the way we operate. I’m proud to have an extremely dedicated workforce around me, and together we are committed to ensure Traidcraft continues to be known across the world for its pioneering and life-transforming work.”

 Traidcraft sells a unique and wide range of the best fair trade products, runs life changing development projects in developing countries across the world and campaigns hard to bring about trade justice.