The British Coffee Association (BCA) has appointed Thomas Blackwall as its new chairperson.
Mr Blackwall, who is Global Head of Coffee at Finlays, has stepped into the leadership role in the UK coffee industry to help continue the association’s sustainability mission and drive new initiatives. He will also support the industry through the next phase of Brexit negotiations.
The challenges faced by UK industry from Brexit are significant, and include issues around trade, imposition of tariffs, and labour movement. For these reasons the BCA has taken a leading stance, calling on the government to take ‘no deal’ off the table and provide greater certainty for UK businesses who currently have very little guidance on how Brexit will impact the UK.
Mr Blackwall said, “I am honoured to take up this leadership position for the UK coffee industry and BCA. The BCA is the voice of our industry, actively promoting and defending all tiers of the coffee sector.
“The BCA has made huge strides fostering a collaborative environment for the industry on sustainability and technical issues and I look forward to continuing and furthering that important work whilst driving us forward into new strategic areas to grow the association.
“I am also passionate about bringing more young, dynamic, and innovative businesses into the association as many of these companies represent the future of coffee and collaboration with them is paramount.”