I am a freelance sustainable food systems consultant with over 25 years experience working on policy and practice with the aim of transforming our food system to one that is sustainable, healthy and fair. I work with a wide range of actors including producers, community groups, businesses, governments and civil society organisations on solutions that address some of the key sustainability challenges confronting our food system.
I have a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of London ( Wye College). I worked as a Countryside Manager with he National Trust for 6 years and 3 years in Thailand working as an Environmental Education Advisor with the Royal Forestry Department ( Voluntary Services Overseas). Returning from Thailand I got a post as Director for a sustainability charity in Worcestershire.
For five years ( 2013- 2018) I worked as Associate Director of Sustainable Nutrition and Food Systems with Forum for the Future, an international non-profit organisation. I still undertake consultancy work for Forum as an affiliate. I also worked for WWF-UK for 8 years setting up and leading their One Planet Food Programme. My work included developing an implementing a number of international collaborative projects including the Protein Challenge 2040 initiative, Livewell Sustainable diets programme, Tea 2030 initiative and a wide variety of agricultural programmes. For further information on my background and experience please visit my LinkedIn account here.
I have experience working on a number of global food system challenges including organisational strategies, policy work, sustainable proteins, healthy sustainable diets, food waste, value chains and regenerative agriculture.
I have been involved in advising governments, civil society organisations and businesses and continue to work with these organisations on a variety of issues including work that will enable us to meet global ambitions that underpin the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change Commitments.
I am a passionate advocate for solutions that change our relationship with food, to ensure we, as citizens, reconnect with our food, pay farmers a fair price for food and ensure we restore our own health and that of our planet. This requires new business models, new products and services and changes to our production and consumption patterns. Producers, businesses, NGO’s, investors, the R&D community, governments and citizens all have a role to play.
In me, you will find someone who listens to, understands and will commit to your needs, ensuring I deliver excellence in everything that I do. I am well networked with key stakeholders working in sustainable food systems and solutions globally and will bring in other experts if I need to. I offer a range of services including food systems trends analysis, strategy development, project design and management, policy development and a variety of presentations at workshops/conferences. Please see My Services for further details.