CFA’s Kaarin Goodburn presented with the Leadership Award at 2009 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards (13 August 2009)

CFA’s Secretary General, Kaarin Goodburn, has been awarded the Leadership Award at the 2009 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards.

In awarding the Leadership award to Kaarin the Judges recognised that, from being involved in the establishment of the organisation 20 years ago, she has led the sector in which she operates as much as the organisation itself. Over that period she has advised and supported the sector at the UK, European and international level (where she is an advisor on a UN WHO expert group) as it has rapidly grown and evolved to be worth £8,500m to the UK economy.

Her nationally and internationally recognised expertise in developing best practice guideline for the sector and her ability to co-ordinate the actions of members has meant that the sector has been highly successful in achieving appropriate risk-based regulation that has encouraged growth and development in the industry.

With only 23 members this is a remarkable achievement, and is a credit to Kaarin’s leadership abilities which she has used to maximise the organisation’s resources by forging relationships across industry, academia and government. By pulling all parties together, she has been able to achieve outcomes that are beneficial to both her members and consumers. An achievement which was recognised last year when she was awarded an MBE for services to the Food Industry.

Kaarin was presented with her Leadership Award by John Sergeant at the Trade Association Forum’s black tie event at London’s Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane.

CFA was also a finalist in the “Sector Representation” category which recognises success in representing the sector overall. To be short-listed as a finalist is a real accolade in itself as the sifting panel only put forward those entries they consider to be potential winners.


The Trade Association Forum (TAF) is an unincorporated body of UK Trade Associations funded by its members and administered by the Confederation of British Industry. The Forum provides its members with a range of services and activities designed to help them in the strategic development and day to day running of their organisations. Since its formation in 1997, TAF has been encouraging the development and sharing of best practice amongst UK Trade Associations and promoting the role of effective trade associations to government, industry and the wider public.

The TAF Best Practice Awards were launched in 2003 to foster the search for excellence, to recognise and reward achievement and to encourage the communication and adoption of best practice amongst Trade Association Forum members. They are the only awards of their kind in the UK.