The APPG on the National Food Strategy brings together parliamentarians from across the political spectrum.  Its aim is to promote cross-party thinking and cross-departmental leadership on food policy, in the run-up to and after the publication of the National Food Strategy in 2021.

The APPG is chaired by Jo Gideon, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central.  The Food Foundation provides Secretariat services.

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Current officers of the group and details of the group’s past open meetings are listed below.

APPG officers

Chair: Jo Gideon MP

Vice-chair: Kerry McCarthy MP

Vice-chair: Selaine Saxby MP

Vice-chair: Ian Byrne MP

Vice-chair: Dean Russell MP

Vice-chair: Sharon Hodgson MP

Vice-chair: The Rt Hon. the Earl of Caithness

Vice-chair: The Lord McColl of Dulwich CBE

Vice-chair: The Lord Curry of Kirkharle CBE

APPG public meetings

Meeting 1: Does a new National Food Strategy require new structures in government?

We met to consider the following questions:

  • What structures are needed in Government to ensure that a new food strategy is effectively delivered?
  • What is needed in terms of leadership?
  • And what are the best ways of achieving accountability for actions in the strategy


  • Moderator: Simon Maxwell, Senior Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute.
  • Andrew Jarvis – Vice-President at ICF International, Previously led a review of UK food policy culminating in the 2008 report, Food Matters: Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century
  • Kelly Parsons – University of Hertfordshire, her research is focused on the role of policy and governance structures in food systems
  • Jane Corbett – Councillor for Liverpool City Council, Assistant Mayor of Liverpool & Mayoral Lead – Fairness & Tackling Poverty
  • Claire Pritchard – Chair of the London Food Board and CEO of Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency, GCD

You can watch a recording of the event here


Meeting 2: What should the National Food Strategy be proposing to tackle obesity?

We met to consider the following questions:

  • What evidence do we have about what works in tackling obesity?
  • To what extent is tackling obesity an individual responsibility?
  • What are the current barriers to tackling obesity?
  • How could the National Food Strategy help?


  • Moderator: Baroness Jenkin of Kennington, Vice-Chair of the APPG on Obesity and Peer in the House of Lords
  • Professor Martin White, Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
  • Sarah Hickey, Programme Director – Childhood Obesity, Impact on Urban Health
  • Stefano Agostini, Chair of Food and Drink Sector Council Working Group on the National Food Strategy, andCEO, Nestlé UK & Ireland
  • Caroline Cerny, Alliance Lead at Obesity Health Alliance

You can watch a recording of the event here 


Meeting 3: What should the National Food Strategy be proposing to tackle dietary inequalities?

We met to consider the following questions:

  • What does the evidence show about the dietary outcomes that different demographic groups experience?
  • What do we know about what works in reducing dietary inequalities and food insecurity?
  • How could the National Food Strategy help?


  • Moderator: Lord Curry of Kirkharle CBE, Peer and former chair of the 2001-2 Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food
  • Lord Krebs, Crossbench Peer since 2007 and Emeritus Professor at Oxford University. Chaired the House of Lords Select Committee Inquiry into Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment in 2019-2020.  The Committee’s report, entitled “Hungry for Change: Fixing the Failures in Food”, was published last summer.
  • Dr Maria Bryant, Reader in Public Health Nutrition at the University of York, Director of Nutrition Research for the Born in Bradford study, and Chair of the Board of Trustees for the UK Study of Obesity
  • Deidre Woods, Visiting research associate, Coventry University, member of the London Food Board, and co-founder of Granville Community Kitchen
  • Simon Shaw, Head of Food Poverty Programme, Sustain and Churchill Fellow

You can watch a recording of the event here