Over 25 years’ experience of leading a diverse range of innovative sustainable food strategies, projects, and programmes
I bring together expert teams of trusted associates to deliver strategies, projects, policy and practice which can drive action for a healthy and sustainable food system.
I have over 25 years experience of leading a diverse range of innovative sustainable food strategies, projects and programmes for a range of organisations, including the National Trust, WWF-UK and Forum for the Future. I champion the concept of ‘sustainable nutrition‘ and manage a number of innovative, collaborative initiatives which catalyse action and innovation, working with funders, innovators, food and beverage businesses and civil society organisations.
I provide a wide variety of services including thought leadership, strategy development, project management, stakeholder led and desktop based research, food trends insights, provide facilitation & workshop services, and provide expert subject matter talks/presentations on a range of sustainability trends and topics.
My current clients include the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, WWF, The World Health Organisation, The European Commission, EIT Food, Quorn Foods and Compassion in World Farming. I am also co-founder of the UK Plant-based Food and Drinks Association, to be launched later in 2021, an association of plant-based food and drinks organisations working to accelerate the shift towards sustainable and healthy food systems.
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Trade policies today are invariably driven by goals that have little to do with our diets, nutrition, environmental standards or animal welfare, instead focusing on issues such as economic growth, incomes, jobs, and export earnings. If the health, social and environmental costs associated with food production and trade are not reflected in the final price of goods, trade is likely to exacerbate the health and planetary crises.
Today, 4th March 2021, marks World Obesity Day. There is mounting evidence that our food system – the way we grow, harvest, process, transport, market, consume, and dispose of food – is making us ill and is contributing towards our ecological crisis. Our food system is negatively impacting on climate change, biodiversity loss and the double burden of obesity and malnutrition. We need a sustainable nutrition transition to shift food systems, so they support nutrient rich foods with governments and the food industry reorienting their policies and practices to support this transition. Without this transition, we will fail to reach the 2030 sustainable development goal ‘to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.’
There is a famous Chinese proverb that says ‘When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills’. 12 months ago who would have foretold of the winds of change, indeed the storm, that has gripped the world in 2020 – a global pandemic which has now brought a global death toll that now stands at over 1.6 million and wrought havoc of global economies and the lives of the 7.8 billion people living on the planet today.