About Me

!mdriscollI am a freelance sustainable food systems consultant with over 25 years experience working with businesses, governments and civil society organisations on solutions that address some of the key social and environmental challenges confronting  our global food system.

I have a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of London ( Wye College). I then worked with the National Trust for 6 years, spent 3 years in Thailand working as an Enviornmental Education Advisor with the Royal Forestry Department ( as a VSO volunteer) and then led a County based sustinability charity for 6 years.

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 then leading  their One Planet Food Programme. My work included developing an implementing a number of international collboartive 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 around plant based diets, sustainable diets, protein, food waste, value chains  and sustainable 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 in our own consumption patterns. Producers, businesses, NGO’s investors, the R&D community, governments and citizens all have a role to play.

I live in Worcestershire with my wife and 3 children. I have a small-holding where my passion is restoring traditional fruit orchards and growing my own veg. This allows me to connect my heart and head with my hands!

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 services including research & food systems trends analysis, strategy development for the food and beverage sector, project design and management, policy development and a variety of presentations at workshops/conferences. Please see My Services  for further details