Who we are

We are a registered charity working in partnership with researchers, campaigners, community bodies, industry, Government and citizens to galvanise the UK’s diverse agents of change.

Our vision

is a sustainable food system which delivers health and wellbeing for all.

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Our mission

is changing food policy and business practice to ensure everyone, across the UK nations, can afford and access a healthy and sustainable diet.

We use surprising and inventive ideas to catalyse and deliver fundamental change in the food system by building and synthesising strong evidence, shaping powerful coalitions, harnessing citizens’ voices and driving progress with impactful communications. We continually identify new opportunities for action, and trial new levers for change.

Staff

Anna
Anna Taylor
Executive Director

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, 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. She is a Board member for Veg Power and an advisor to the International Food Policy Research Institute. She served as Chief Independent Adviser to Henry Dimbleby for the development of the National Food Strategy published in 2021.

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Jo
Jo Ralling
Head of Communications

Jo joined The Food Foundation as Head of Communications in April 2018. Jo is passionate Media & Campaigns Executive specialising consumer health and public advocacy campaigns with over 20 years’ experience working across all areas of Broadcast, Digital and Print Media.

In the past 11 years Jo has held leadership positions in the Jamie Oliver Group driving growth for the media group, overseeing all television production and distribution of over 300 hours of programming, creating the global digital strategy and setting up the hugely successful Multi Channel Network Food and Drinks Tube. She launched the SUGAR SMART campaign for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and played a pivotal role in delivering the UK and global advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of sugar to long term public health and lobbying the Government to urgently introduce a Childhood Obesity Strategy and Sugar Tax.

In October 2017 Jo launched RISING TIDE FILMS, an Independent Production Company based in Brighton and set up the Brighton Production Hub to connect production talent and broadcasters across the city.​

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Roz
Roz Salik
Events Manager

Roz joined as The Food Foundation’s Events Manager from the Sustainable Restaurant Association. She is an experienced events and campaigns project manager specialising in public and stakeholder engagement and awareness-raising events across the not for profit, public and corporate sector.

Roz has held event management positions at Plan International UK, The Centre for Social Justice, Crisis, JTI and London 2012. Prior to this, Roz was the first Marketing Manager at the GLA from 2001-2009 overseeing public campaigns and events at City Hall for the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

Roz grew up in her parents’ Polish/Italian delicatessen and has had a lifelong passion for food, food education and food related community activities in her south London neighbourhood.

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Isabel
Isabel Hughes
Policy Engagement Manager

Isabel joined The Food Foundation as Policy Engagement Manager in April 2020 from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, where she worked on domestic and EU policy development. For the past 6 years she has worked in a variety of roles across Government, spanning EU policy implementation at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, auditing the value for money of Cabinet Office programmes, and coordination of Defra’s no deal planning at the Department for Exiting the EU. She has also previously project managed large-scale digital campaigns at AgeUK.

Isabel is interested in the links between different parts of the food system, and the possibilities for really ambitious, joined-up policy thinking to address poor environmental, social, health and economic outcomes. Over the past 2 years she has completed a part-time MSc in Food Policy from City University, using her final thesis to analyse and critique the influencing strategies adopted by NGOs working on palm oil consumption in India. She is a professionally trained cook, and has recently discovered the joys of growing her own fruit and veg!

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Will
Will Nicholson
Project Lead – Plating Up Progress

Will is leading our Plating Up Progress work on food industry metrics for sustainable and healthy diets and the multi-partner initiative to further their uptake with investors and businesses.

He has spent the last 6 years in Scandinavia, integrating food sustainability metrics into business practices in the food industry, working with a range of operators including contract caterers, hotels, independent restaurants and retailers. This work primarily involved using research data to evidence climate change contributions, food waste impacts and the balance between servings of plant-based and animal-based products in foodservice.

Prior to that he studied Green Economy at Bournemouth University, where his MSc focused on the development of “footprint tools” for use in the food industry. He has a diverse work background in data analysis, business consultancy, social enterprise initiatives around food and social impact, and in the restaurant industry.

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Rebecca
Rebecca Tobi
Project Manager – Peas Please

Rebecca joined The Food Foundation in January 2020, leading on the Peas Please initiative. Rebecca is a registered associate nutritionist with a background in science communication and public affairs and joins The Food Foundation from the Nutrition Society.

In a previous life, Rebecca worked for a number of years in strategic account management and business development in the marketing and tech sectors before deciding to move into nutrition, obtaining a MSc in Nutrition for Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Medicine.

Rebecca is a lover of veg (peas really are one her favourite vegetables), a staunch advocate for evidence-based nutrition communication, and is particularly interested in food policy-making and sustainable diets having previously conducted research into eco-labelling with the SHEFS research consortium.

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Zoe
Zoe McIntyre
Campaign Manager – Children's Right2Food

Zoe joined the Food Foundation in April 2020 as Project Manager of the Children’s Right2Food Campaign. She was previously employed at the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) where she worked in the agri-food strategic communications team. Before Defra, Zoe worked for the Italy-based NGO Food for Soul focussing on raising awareness about food waste and food poverty through creating a network of community kitchens in cities around the world. Zoe helped to launch their London project, Refettorio Felix, where she saw first-hand the diet-related health disparities and food security challenges experienced by vulnerable London communities. Zoe also completed an MSc in Food Culture and Communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, writing her final thesis on the health-enhancing role of community gardens.

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Chloe
Chloe Mackean
Project Manager – Global Food Systems

Chloe joined the team in August 2020 as Global Food Systems Project Manager, leading on The Food Foundations’ international work and in particularly bringing together young people, city authorities and the private sector to develop cross-cutting, innovative solutions for food systems transformation.

Before joining The Food Foundation she worked for the National Trust, where she set up a knowledge sharing network for climate change professionals. “Fit for the Future network” worked with around 100 organisations from third, public and private sector and was all about collaboration and sharing practical solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

She also spent a year managing an organic farm and community centre in Worcestershire and a further 2 years were spent working on a range of sustainability and community projects in East and Central Africa, and India.

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Amber
Amber Wheeler
People's Engagement Manager

Amber joined The Food Foundation as People’s Engagement Manager in September 2019 having recently completed her PhD at the University of South Wales. The PhD looked at population fruit and vegetable requirements, and barriers and enablers to consumption. Through Participatory Action Research she was involved in developing the Peas Please initiative. For the last 10 years she also worked as a research consultant linking food production to health.

Previously, she worked in the community food movement in Wales, helping to establish allotments and community orchards. Before this she spent 5 years working in communities in Glasgow to improve diets and in 2004 gained an MSc, with distinction, in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Glasgow.

She is incredibly positive about vegetables and passionate about working with people to solve the problems of health inequality.

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Shona
Shona Goudie
Policy Research Manager

Shona joined The Food Foundation as a Project Officer in 2019. She has completed a MSc in Human Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen specialising in clinical nutrition. She then went on to work in dietetic departments in NHS hospitals before joining The Food Foundation. She is particularly passionate about the promotion of child health and wellbeing, and minimising health and dietary inequalities.

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Dan
Daniel Stimpson
Office Manager

Daniel has joined The Food Foundation as Office Manager. With experience in administration and operations management across several sectors, his work focuses on supporting the team on various projects and organisation compliance.

Daniel holds a degree in Physical Education and Sport and has a passion for the promotion of education around physical activity and healthy relationships with food. He has gained his experience through supporting and managing operations and administration in both public and private sector organisations.

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Annie Connolly
Research Engagement Manager

Annie joined the Food Foundation’s Children’s Right2Food team in August 2021 as Research Engagement Manager.  She works on the school food element of the Fix Our Food research programme of which Food Foundation is a partner, focussing on policy and stakeholder engagement.

Annie has been involved in advocating for change in our food system on different scales for many years, from growing vegetables with primary school children and volunteering in food banks to campaigning for national policy change with End Hunger UK.

She did an MSc in Food Policy and is in the final stages of her PhD at the University of Leeds on primary school children’s lived experiences of food insecurity.

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Raf
Raf Bogan
Communications Manager

Raf joined The Food Foundation in August 2020 as the Communications Manager. He has worked in charity communications for over 5 years, notably leading on a capital funding campaign to secure over £1.8 million in investment, saving an alternative education provision for at risk children in Leeds from luxury flat redevelopment. He has worked extensively with marginalised communities and vulnerable young people, helping to champion the voices of those often not heard.

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Indu
Indu Gurung
Policy Officer

Indu joined The Food Foundation in 2019 as part of the Rank Foundation’s Time to Shine scheme, moving into a Project Officer role in 2020. She works on the Peas Please and Plating up Progress projects. Prior to joining The Food Foundation, Indu completed a MSc in Public Health and a BSc in Human Nutrition. She is interested in reducing health inequalities, children’s health and wellbeing, and sustainable and nutritious food system/diets. Indu is also a lover of veg, having recently taken up urban gardening.

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Sophie
Sophie Peters
Veg Advocate Support Officer

Sophie joined The Food Foundation in August 2020 as the Veg Advocate Support Officer for England, working within our Peas Please project. Sophie is passionate about people and behaviour change with previous experience in managing communities and running successful engagement programmes. With continued interest in how we can change our systems, Sophie is studying a part time MSc in Sustainability and Behaviour Change.

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Florence
Florence Pardoe
City Food Policy Officer

Florence joined The Food Foundation in September 2020 as Youth Engagement Project Manager. For the past 8 years she has worked with a number of food organisations in Bristol, including as a researcher into food insecurity, project managing community food initiatives and delivering food and sustainability workshops in schools. She also works with Bristol Food Network as Public Engagement coordinator on their Sustainable Food Places bid.

Before her career in food began, Florence was working as Science Communicator at Bristol’s science centre. She is particularly passionate about youth education and engagement in food systems transformation and bringing concepts to life in creative ways. She loves to cook, eat, learn about and talk about food!

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Trustees

Laura
Laura Sandys CBE
Chair and Founder

Laura Sandys founded The Food Foundation in 2014 as an independent policy think tank to challenge the current food system and how it was impacting the public’s health, and the affordability of healthy food, particularly focused on lower income families – here and aboard.   

Former Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency, she has been a long-standing campaigner on food issues, focused on system wide solutions and evaluating success through real public outcomes. She is an active contributor to public policy in climate change, energy policy and resource management accelerating action towards a net zero economy.

Previously she was an MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Energy & Climate Change Minister. Described by The Times as “one of the sanest of all MPs” and by Conservative Home as “lateral-minded, original and free-thinking”, she has brought her political and business experience to calls for innovation in food systems policy. 

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Rosie
Baroness Rosie Boycott

Baroness Rosie Boycott is a member of the House of Lords and has had a long and distinguished career as a journalist, publisher and author, including having been the editor of several national newspapers in the UK.

In 2008 she was appointed as Chair of the London Food Board to advise the Mayor of London on sustainable food policy implementation in the capital. In October 2016, the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, asked Rosie to lead the development of a new London Food Strategy to help the food system to work better to meet the needs of everyone who lives and works in London.

In 2018 Rosie became a member of the House of Lords after leaving the London Food Board and she continues to write regularly and speak all over the world about the role of cities, and the importance of food in combating hunger and food insecurity, improving health, tackling childhood obesity and helping to reduce carbon emissions contributing to climate change.  

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Michael
Prof Sir Michael Marmot

Sir Michael Marmot has been Professor of Epidemiology at University College London since 1985.  Professor Marmot is the Advisor to the WHO Director-General, on social determinants of health, in the new WHO Division of Healthier Populations; Distinguished Visiting Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong (2019-); and Co-Director of the of the CUHK Institute of Health Equity. He is the recipient of the WHO Global Hero Award; the Harvard Lown Professorship (2014-2017); the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health (2015); and 19 honorary doctorates. Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for nearly 50 years.  

He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities. Professor Marmot is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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Charles
Prof Sir Charles Godfray

Charles is a population biologist with broad interests in science and the interplay of science and policy.  He has spent his career at Oxford University and Imperial College and is currently Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Population Biology at Oxford. His research has involved experimental and theoretical studies in population and community ecology, epidemiology and evolutionary biology. He is particularly interested in food security and leads the Future of Food Programme at Oxford. He chaired the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government Office of Science’s Foresight project on the Future of Food and Farming, and was until 2021 chair of Defra’s (the UK’s farming and environment ministry) Science Advisory Council. 

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David
David Edwards

David Edwards is the Assistant Director of The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit.  David oversees the ISU’s natural capital risks team and heads the Unit’s work on food security. This work seeks to use HRH’s neutral convening power to help build consensus on the need for transformations in food systems and to accelerate international action on this agenda. David’s work focuses on illuminating the economic arguments for transformations in food systems and centres on the developing consensus around policy changes that can help level the playing field for the evolution of healthier, more sustainable food-systems.

David’s work with the ISU is currently focused on accelerating ICT innovation to support sustainable smallholder agriculture, and on developing a collaboration among international organisations, city leaders and the private sector to help mainstream healthier city regional food systems. Prior to his current role David was Project Manager of the Princes’ Rainforest Project (PRP) and worked previously both as a development consultant in Africa and as a market research executive with TNS-Global, where he advised a number of major food and drinks companies working in the UK. David has a BA in History and an MSc in International Development.

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Essie
Essie North

Essie is the CEO of Big Change – a charity acting as a catalyst for system change in how we support the next generation. Essie leads Big Change’s work backing pioneering people and projects who are rethinking how we can set up all young people in the UK to thrive in life, not just in exams. It takes a collective approach, activating a network of global and national partners to make change around its “10 hopes for change” a reality, and looking at the intersections between education, health, wellbeing and the future of work.

Essie’s focus has been on change and transformation in different iterations throughout her career. Building on her background in psychology as the field shifted from fixing problems to understanding human thriving, she spent 10 years advising a network of 500 leading global businesses on best practice in leadership and approaches to drive change in how they engage their employees and create positive impact with the communities and societies they operate in.  Essie is a qualified business coach and a big believer in supporting the people in all parts of the system to make change a reality.

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Mehroosh
Dr Mehroosh Tak

Dr. Mehroosh Tak is a lecturer at Royal Veterinary College. She is an applied economist researching how to make food systems sustainable and nutritious. Mehroosh has a background in international development as a monitoring and evaluation expert. She is passionate about making economics language accessible to the public and diversifying the discipline. She sits on the Board of Trustees for two UK charities: Economy and Rethinking Economics.

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Andrew
Andrew Hobbs

Andrew leads EY’s EMEIA Public Policy team which works with key stakeholders to strengthen the working relationship between the public and private sectors in policy and regulatory matters on topics such as corporate governance, including reporting and audit, technology and sustainability.

Andrew is a member of the Disclosure and Transparency Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network, the Asia Corporate Governance Association India Working Group and the Corporate Governance Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee at the OECD. He chairs the Corporate Governance Working Group of the European Contact Group whose members comprise the six largest accounting networks across the EU.  He regularly blogs about the role of corporate governance in trust.

He is an experienced charity trustee having spent 8 years on the Board of Bliss where he chaired their Risk & Evaluation Committee for 3 years.  He also co-developed the FT course “So you want to be a charity trustee?”

He is a father of four and in his spare time likes cycling, cooking and making homebrew.

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Pat Biggers

Pat Biggers is a Portfolio Manager and Director at Lazard Asset Management in London. She is a Trustee of Morgan Stanley’s Global Impact Funding Trust and Secretary and Board member of the Trust’s Cures Fund. Pat also serves on the Advisory Board of the Mayor’s Fund for London. Previously she was an adviser for the Mayor’s Fund’s “Kitchen Social” project addressing children’s holiday hunger, and also has been an active volunteer for several food rescue/redistribution projects. 

 

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Expert Advisers

Tim Lob
Prof Tim Lobstein
Chair

Tim Lobstein is Senior Policy Advisor to the World Obesity Federation based in London, UK, and is an Honorary Professor at the Boden Obesity Collaboration, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia. He was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Rudd Food Policy Center, Yale University, and a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, and for many years was a director of the UK Food Commission and editor of its journal, The Food Magazine. Tim has been the lead author of papers on children’s health in several journals including Obesity Reviews and Lancet and a member of the Lancet Commission on Obesity, contributing to its report on The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change. Tim has written several chapters for standard textbooks on obesity in childhood and obesity prevention, and has undertaken consultancies for the European Commission, the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

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Harry
Prof Harry Rutter

Harry is a public health physician based in Oxford. He is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Senior Strategic Adviser to Public Health England, an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Oxford, and an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at both University College Cork, Ireland, and the Sogn og Fjordane University College, Norway. He was the Founder Director of the National Obesity Observatory for England and led the development of the National Child Measurement Programme childhood obesity surveillance system. Harry was a founder member of the steering committee of the European Health Enhancing Physical Activity network. He has a broad interest in the evaluation of public health approaches and interventions within complex systems and the development of tools to support evidence-based public health policy and actions.

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Martin
Prof 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, as well as 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.

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Emma
Emma Coles

Emma is a co-founder and partner of Food Smart Advisors, a boutique consultancy working on solutions for a healthier world. In addition, Emma is working with Voeding Leeft, a Dutch NGO that develops innovative food programs including a program to use lifestyle changes to reverse type 2 diabetes.

Previously Emma was head of Sustainable Retailing at Albert Heijn, the largest supermarket in the Netherlands and part of the Ahold Delhaize group. Emma was responsible for health and sustainability, with an interest in the link between diet and health and the opportunities for the food retail industry to support consumer health. While at Ahold Emma was Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Forum Health and Wellness pillar.

Before joining Ahold Emma was Director of the Health Insurance Fund, a foundation supporting low-cost health insurance delivered through the private sector in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Three years running Emma has been included in the Dutch Food100 list: 100 people changing the food system in the Netherlands. Emma is a member of the Tuft’s Nutrition Council.

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Rachel
Dr Rachel Loopstra

Rachel Loopstra is a Lecturer in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London. She is a quantitative researcher, and her research explores the impact of social policies on nutrition, household food insecurity and health. Recent projects include a nationwide survey of people using food banks in The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network, conducted in collaboration with The Trussell Trust. She is currently working on an ESRC-funded project exploring the rise of food bank use and food insecurity over the period of economic recession and austerity in the UK. She completed her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto.

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Corinna
Prof Corinna Hawkes

Corinna is the incoming Professor of Food Policy at the Centre for Food Policy, City University London. She is a specialist in food policy, food systems, diet and health whose work involves research, advocacy, and advising Governments and international agencies. She has worked for the World Health Organization, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the School of Public Health at the University of Sao Paulo and New York University. Between 2012 and 2015 she was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at World Cancer Research Fund International. Her research interests focus on the impact of food systems and food policies on diet, nutrition and non-communicable diseases. She has published widely in academic journals, policy briefs and reports on topics such as food systems globalisation; the links between agricultural policy, trade and nutrition; and policies and regulations to encourage healthier diets. Corinna participates in the World Health Organization’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.

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Katie Gordon
Katie Gordon

Katie is an independent director and adviser. She has spent most of her career in Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) and corporate marketing.  She was Head of SRI at Cazenove Capital Management for 12 years, where she initiated and led the SRI offering. This was followed by 5 years as Director of Responsible Investment and Stewardship at CCLA. Katie spent 5 years in strategic brand management and was a founding director of Swordfish Integrated Marketing. Previous Board positions include 7 years as trustee of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and Board Director of UK Sustainable Investment Forum (UKSIF).  Katie is currently a Non Executive Director (NED) of Thrive Renewables, including being a member of both the Nominations and Remuneration Committees; she is an independent member of the Access Endowment Investment Committee; is a member of the Advisory Board of LEAP – Livestock, Environment and People; and on the Expert Advisory Group for Snowball IM.

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Our Funders

We are extremely grateful to our funders for all their support. We only accept funding which does not compromise our independence. The Food Foundation reviews all financial engagements – assessing whether potential donations are acceptable and in line with the Foundation’s aims.

From January 2016, The Food Foundation adopted the Financial Relationship Policy developed by World Obesity Federation. The Food Foundation adapted the strategy so that its language was consistent with the Foundation’s internal structure. The financial thresholds for low, medium and high risk engagements were also lowered, in recognition of the size and operating budget of The Food Foundation. The Food Foundation’s assessment protocol can be found here. The Food Foundation’s financial engagement strategy will be reviewed on a regular basis.

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