Lord Digby Jones has joined the board of cider maker Thatchers in a non-executive role.

Lord Jones was Director General of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) for six years and also served as Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment.

Martin Thatcher, managing director of Thatchers, said: “I have known Lord Jones for a number of years and have the utmost respect for his enthusiasm, knowledge, experience and business insight. At a time when our business is undergoing a period of sustained growth, I am confident that he will bring a new dynamic to Thatchers that will enable us to continue our development, mindful of the family values at the heart of the company.”

Lord Jones said: “I am thrilled to be joining such a fabulous family business at such an exciting time. Thatchers is expanding both in the specialist lines they deliver and in the markets they sell to, especially new export markets around the world. I look forward to helping them as they go from strength to strength.”