Peas Please Project Board

This board is the main driving force behind Peas Please, consisting of individuals from The Food Foundation, WWF, Nourish Scotland and Food Cardiff.

Amber Wheeler

Amber is a consultant and works closely with Food Cardiff and Food Sense Wales to deliver Peas Please in Wales. After graduating from Oxford with a BA in Human Sciences she moved to Glasgow where she worked in the community to improve diet. During that time, she received a distinction for her MSc in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Glasgow. Back home in Wales she set up an allotment and community orchard project and became involved with Peas Please through her participatory research, on fruit and vegetable requirements and a systemic approach to public health nutrition, for her PhD at the University of South Wales.

Anna Taylor

Anna joined the Food Foundation as its first Executive Director at the beginning of June 2015 after 5 years at the Department for International Development.  At DFID Anna led the policy team on nutrition and supported the delivery of the UK’s global commitments to tackle undernutrition.

Before joining DFID Anna worked for a number of international organisations including Save the Children and UNICEF and has been at the forefront of international leadership on nutrition for several years and supporting programmes in a wide range of contexts in Africa and South Asia.   Anna has also worked for the UK Department of Health. In 2014 she was awarded an OBE for her work to address the global burden of undernutrition.  She did a MSc in Human Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1994.  In May 2017 Anna became a member of the London Food Board to advise the Mayor of London and the GLA on the food matters that affect Londoners.

Celia Nyssens

Celia is Policy Officer at Nourish Scotland, where she leads on Public Health Nutrition policy and advocacy, and delivers the Scottish strand of the Peas Please initiative. Her background is in environmental politics; she first became interested in food and health policy through her M.Sc. thesis on the European Common Agricultural Policy. When not thinking about veg, she is a keen climber, dancer, and traveller – she recently spent five months backpacking and ‘woofing’ in South America.

Dr Courtney Scott

Courtney is a food and nutrition policy expert, who joined the Food Foundation as Research and Policy Advisor in 2017. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was PhD student and Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She previously worked on nutrition policy advocacy in the US for Public Health Advocates, focusing on sugary drink policies, and international non-communicable disease advocacy in Brussels for the International Diabetes Federation and the NCD Alliance. Courtney is a Registered Dietitian (United States) and earned her masters in public health nutrition from the University of California- Berkeley. She is an unabashed vegetable enthusiast, a part-time crusader for recycling and reduced plastic use, and her California roots show often.

Duncan Williamson

Katie Palmer

Pete Ritchie

Pete is a trustee of the Food Ethics Council and a member of the Scottish Food Commission.  His favourite vegetable is celeriac.

He has three children, a moderately dysfunctional (4.3 on the RD Laing scale) family life, and a working sheepdog called Lucy who still hasn’t quite been forgiven for not being Lily who died a year ago.  He has pretty much no hobbies as when he’s not doing his day job he is chasing pigs round a muddy field and wondering how to both pay the wages and get the tractor fixed at his almost but not quite viable organic farming business.  But if he ever did get a job interview he would say how much he likes reading, hillwalking, cooking and cycling.

The Peas Please Strategy board

This board leads on strategy development and delivers the monitoring and evaluation of Peas Please

Atul Patel

Atul is a key member of PwC UK’s Performance Assurance practice, taking a lead role in advising and guiding a variety of organisations in establishing new innovative ways to measure, monitor and report on their performance and impacts – specifically those that go beyond traditional financial metrics.

With over 20 years of experience in governance, risk and control, Atul is leading the development of appropriate frameworks, organisational arrangements and assurance of a diverse range of measures.  He is working with a broad range of clients on the emergence and rising importance of measuring impacts – most recently he has developed the PwC Insight Report that is helping organisations to be more transparent about their evolving performance measures and thereby instilling greater confidence in their stakeholders.

In addition to his client work, Atul has worked with external organisations in an advisory capacity on how they establish pragmatic measurement, reporting and monitoring frameworks for their members.

Richard Swannell

Richard is Development Director for WRAP- a UK charity, at the forefront of the circular economy – thought leaders, champions of action and catalysts for change.

Richard joined WRAP in 2004, leading the team that created and delivered the innovative ‘Courtauld Commitment’ – the first agreement of its kind between WRAP and UK supermarket retailers committed to an ambitious and collaborative approach to packaging and food waste reduction. Between 2007 and 2012 this voluntary agreement, together with WRAP’s internationally-renowned Love Food Hate Waste campaign, helped reduce packaging and food waste by more than 3 million tonnes, reducing carbon emissions by over 8 million tonnes.

As Development Director, Richard leads on developing and delivering WRAP’s international and new product development strategies. A particular focus is on delivering the relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals e.g 12.3 on halving food waste reduction.

Giles Quick, Director of the Kantar Worldpanel

Director of Kantar WorldPanel, Giles has 30 years’ experience in food and drink research (age does not bestow wisdom). Professionally, he is responsible for the Worldpanel consumption services – covering food, drink and personal care, and also health and nutritional tracking.His recent work focuses on health, obesity
and nutrition and includes work with the FSA and FDF on the nutritional composition of UK shopping baskets.

He is a regular contributor to TV and Radio and has given many lectures on food and food consumption in the UK and internationally.

Andrew Stephen, CEO of the Sustainable Restaurant Association

The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) exists to help drive change further and faster within hospitality They help caterers of all kinds, (from restaurants to hotels, cafes, cookery schools, university and workplace canteens) to benchmark, understand and take action on sustainability. Andrew has been CEO of the SRA since 2016. He loves most wild things, and any homo-sapien that helps us live within our ecological means. He knows food can fix it if we learn to use the
power of our appetites wisely.

Martin White

Martin White is programme leader in the Centre for Diet & Activity Research (CEDAR), MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, where he leads research on understanding and changing food systems to improve population health. He has particular interests in: food environments that shape what we eat; and the causes and consequences of, and interventions to reduce, social inequalities in health.

Martin is also Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research Programme, and a visiting professor in the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, where until 2014 he was Director of Fuse, UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.

Martin graduated in Medicine from Birmingham University, from which he also gained an MD, and has an MSc in public health from Newcastle University. He is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health, past President of the UK Society for Social Medicine, and President- of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine.