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. I have worked with a wide range of actors including producers, community groups 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 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 where I led the development of two large projects – The establishment of the Pump-house Environment Centre ( converting a Victorian pumping station on the banks of the river Severn) and the Worcestershire Resource Exchange ( taking business waste and passing it for use to a wide range of community organisations).
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 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 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.
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.