Policy, Research and Food Trends
Using a wide variety of stakeholder led techniques, I have extensive experience in writing policy position papers, research briefings and white papers for a wide variety of organisations. I focus on research using robust evidence and primary, credible data sources to help organisations develop position/policy papers and other actionable insights that can be used to help meet their needs, whilst underpinning the need to move towards more sustainable food systems. I combine research with unique insights from a huge network of food system stakeholders, across a wide range of stakeholders groups (business, governments, producers and civil society) with whom I have access, as well as my own deep experience of sustainable food system challenges around the world.
Examples have included food policy position papers for WWF-UK, an Investor white paper on meat taxes for FAIRR, papers exploring the benefits of plant based eating and trends papers exploring the implications of the rise of flexitarian diets for the food and beverage sector.
i) Protein Challenge 2040 – Consultant leading the development of a protein policy briefing paper with the aim of identifying options for national level policy interventions, in Europe, that will accelerate the transition to a sustainable & resilient protein system ( Ongoing: June – November 2018)
ii) Global Alliance for the Future of Food – A stakeholder led engagement programme aimed at identifying systemic solutions that promote healthy food systems. Through this work the Global Alliance seeks to amplify the fundamental role that food systems play in creating health and well-being in all ecosystems, human and non-human. Work involves stakeholder interviews, research and a series of global stakeholder workshops, webinars and seminars. ( Ongoing: October 2018 – September 2019)
iii) ENSA: Advisor to the European Natural Soy and Plant Based Food Manufacturers Association Scientific Committee ( Ongoing)
iii) Alpro Food Company : Contribution towards ‘Plant Power’ briefing paper ( March 18)
iv) Beyond the Box – White Paper on sustainable packaging in the context of the plastics debate & panel member in a House of Parliament debate ( June 2018)
Organisational Strategies for sustainable food systems
I provide advice to a variety of organisations looking to review their own sustainability strategies in relation to sustainable food systems, bringing a food systems approach to their thinking and diagnosis.
I particularly believe that sustainable nutrition, addressing the need for action across the food system, is a powerful tool which can be used to deliver on a range of social, health and environmental outcomes. It brings together thinking and action, from field to fork, to deliver better overall outcomes across the whole food system, both for human health and for the ecosystems that people and food production depend on. It is a powerful lens through which to embed sustainability across many businesses across the food and beverage sector at a senior level, as well as using the framing to explore how organisations can collaborate to deliver on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
I have worked with a variety of businesses, funding bodies and civil society organisations and have sit on a number of food company business advisory boards.
i) Quorn Foods – Sustainability consultant supporting Quorn foods with policy development ( August 18 – ongoing)
ii) Big Lottery Fund – Stakeholder engagement Sustainable Food landscape mapping work and facilitating workshops with the aim of helping the BLF identify future sustainable food funding priorities ( Ongoing: July – October 2018)
iii) Sainsburys – Workshop /strategy support with a focus on sustainable nutrition (April 18)
iv) M&S – Workshop/strategy development on the ‘regenerative agriculture’ ( May 18)
Project Management & Facilitation
I am an experienced Project Manager and facilitator having designed and led a variety of national and international collaborative food systems projects aimed at addressing some of the key challenges we confront today.
I have offered advice to existing collaboration initiatives and have identified, through various stakeholder engagement processes, where there can be opportunities to establish new ones.
i) Tea 2030 – Working as an Affiliate for Forum for the future, I have led and supported a wide variety of projects relating to sustainable landscapes, consumer engagement and sustainable market mechanisms. At the moment I am working on a project, in partnership with the Department for International Developments Business Innovation Fund, focussing on sustainable market mechanisms ( improving incomes for small holder tea farmers) in Kenya. Work includes stakeholder engagement, fundraising and project management (April 2018 – ongoing)
Talks, Presentations, Seminars and Media work
I give presentations and talks to conferences both within the UK and internationally.
I cover a wide variety of topics including current and future challenges, future opportunities, innovation in the food system and examples of collaborative action across business, governments and civil society organisations. Specific topics include, but are not limited to sustainable nutrition, sustainable diets, plant based eating, food waste issues and sustainable agriculture.
I have experience of a wide variety of media work including television & radio interviews and written a number of sustainable food system articles for newspapers and trade magazines.
I also have experience of facilitating discussions and other interactive sessions at workshops and seminars.
Recent examples include presentations to the British Nutrition Foundation annual conference, Nutritionists in Industry and the Footprint Forum.
Examples of work for the media:
i) New Food Magazine ( October 18) – A Revolution in Plant Based Eating
ii) CNN Guest Contributor – How to feed 9 billion people?
iii) Food Footprint Magazine – Lets plant the seeds of a revolution in eating