4C Advisory Board
Nigel H. Croft, Chair of the Board
Nigel Croft has been actively involved in Quality Management since 1974, when he began his career in the British steel industry as a student apprentice. Among his many professional activities, Nigel has held senior management positions and served as non-executive board member of a number of commercial and non-profit organizations in the quality and sustainability arena. He currently Chairs the ISO Technical Sub-committee TC176/SC2, responsible for the ISO 9001 and ISO 9004 Quality standards.
He was a member of the FLOCERT Supervisory Board in Bonn from 2010 – 2016, serving as its Chair from 2012-2016, and a Member of the Board of SAAS (Social Accountability Accreditation Services) in New York, from 2010 – 2017. Nigel is a quality and sustainability consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and an Adjunct Professor of Quality Management at the College of Business, University of Northern Malaysia.
Melanie Landthaler, Vice-Chair of the Board
Melanie began working on coffee sustainability in 2008 with the 4C Association, a baseline coffee sustainability standard. She later joined green coffee merchant ECOM Trading as Sustainability Manager in Indonesia, responsible for building the company’s Arabica supply chains with an emphasis on productivity and quality, as well as on improving the livelihoods of over 6,000 smallholder farmers. In 2013, she moved back to Europe to take up a job with the UN International Trade Centre in Geneva (WTO/UNCTAD), where she focused on fostering sustainable trade and SME competitiveness in developing countries.
A freelance consultant since 2014, Melanie supports clients on different social sustainability issues. She developed the Global Gender Equality Strategy 2017–2020 for Nespresso’s AAA Program, which works with 75,000 coffee farmers in 12 countries, and managed the development and field testing of the AAA Gender Assessment Tool for smallholder coffee farmers.
Melanie holds a Master Degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Bonn as well as an IPA in Gender and Social Inequality from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.
David Clayton-Smith, Member of the Board
David Clayton-Smith is Chairman of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Academic Health Science Network responsible for pulling together health science/tech commercial and academic partners to work with the National Health Service to develop and spread innovation in health and social care whilst supporting wealth creation in the UK.
He also Chairs East Sussex Healthcare NHS trust which operates Eastbourne and Hastings General Hospitals and community Services, the Trust employs 6000+David spent 25 years in senior board commercial roles in the brewing industry and as a Board Director of three large UK Retailers including Boots and Halfords. He has also been Chair of MBO start-ups and UK listed media businesses.
He was Chair of The Fairtrade Foundation, in the UK for 6 yrs. and served on the International Board of Fairtrade based in Bonn.
He has held a number of Non-Executive Director roles in the commercial public and not for profit sectors, most recently as Chair of Thames Valley Housing operating 15,000 houses in the private rental and affordable housing sectors.
Michael von Luehrte, Member of the Board
Michael von Luehrte – currently Secretary General of the SCTA (Swiss Coffee Trade Association) – started his career in commodities 1981 with Jacobs Suchard in Germany/Switzerland and spent four years in Brazil, managing the local Taloca trading and procurement office. After Jacobs Suchard was acquired by Kraft Foods in 1990, Michael worked across different agricultural commodities.
After 25 years in various procurement, market research and risk management roles in Switzerland and the US, Michael joined Noble Group as Global Head of Agricultural Research in 2007 for coffee, cocoa, sugar+ethanol, oilseeds+grains and cotton as an integrated part of the Lausanne/Geneva based trading teams.
After COFCO took over Noble Agri in 2014, Michael helped to set up the Corporate Responsibility function as an additional responsibility. In addition to his current position as Secretary General of SCTA and board member of 4C, he is also involved in commodity consultancy projects.