Ex-Morrisons boss takes the thrill of ‘Chicken King’

A former Wm Morrison executive touted for years as its next boss is joining the business empire of the entrepreneur known informally as the ‘chicken king’.

Sky News understands Trevor Strain, who left Morrisons last year, has become portfolio director at Ranjit Singh Boparan’s private office.

Sir. Strain will oversee assets including poultry supplier Bernard Matthews and restaurant chains Carluccio’s and Giraffe.

Among the other brands owned by Mr. Boparan’s private office, is Elke’s Biscuits and casual dining establishments Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Slim Chicken, Ed’s Easy Diner, Fishworks and the London-based Cinnamon Collection.

Mr Strain will not be focused on the day-to-day running of the companies, but on growth opportunities for the portfolio of companies.

His role is separate from 2 Sisters Food Group, Mr Boparan’s poultry empire, which supplies the major UK grocery chains.

Mr Strain is the latest supermarket manager to work with Mr. Boparan, after Justin King, the former J Sainsbury boss, and Laurie McIlwee, the former Tesco director.

A former Tesco employee, Mr Strain stepped down from his position at Morrisons in September 2022 after 13 years with the company, where he has worked as operations director since October 2019.

Sir. Boparan said: “I am delighted that Trevor has joined the Boparan Private Office.

“This is a full-time appointment and as part of the BPO senior executive team he will be focused on growth opportunities for our portfolio of businesses.”

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