Duncan Swift

R3 President

In my view R3’s key challenges are to gain government and public understanding and acceptance of the good work performed by its members.
 
I lead Moore Stephens UK’s Restructuring & Insolvency team. I have over 30 years' experience in all types of restructurings and insolvencies introduced by owners, management, professional advisers, banks and other financial stakeholders. I have been an R3 member for almost as long!
 
Besides significant sector experience in nursing and care home, charity and not-for-profit organisations I am a nationally recognised food supply sector specialist. I have an MSc degree in Agricultural Business Management and extensive experience assisting financially challenged food production (agriculture, horticulture) and food processing businesses across the UK.
 
I advocate good corporate governance in supermarket/supplier dealings with particular emphasis on challenging the sector’s late-payment culture. I was cited in the Competition Commission’s Groceries Market Review 2006-2008 and ‘Tescopoly’ by Andrew Simms, 2007. More recently I have been widely quoted in the media in relation to Tesco’s accounts and the Groceries Code Adjudicator’s investigation findings reported in 2016.

Prior to joining R3’s Executive team I was a director of an organic meat processing company and a trustee of a community transport charity.