Sustain staff profiles
Nihad Alfulaij (Finance Assistant)
Nihad Alfulaij joined Sustain in March 2009 as finance assistant. After finishing her degree in Latin American studies she went on to work in the charity sector. Her career in charity finance developed whilst working in Mencap’s fundraising department for four years. She then went on to work in a delicatessen/café in south London where she was in charge of the kitchen and sourcing local produce for the shop. At that time she also helped to set up a farmers' market in the local area, which she ran for the next 12 months. She then returned to the charity/public sector where she resumed her career in charity finance, initially as finance manager in a Green Start nursery and more recently in a local secondary school. She has also dedicated time to small-scale catering and has a real passion for cooking.
Malcolm Clark (Children's Food Campaign)
Malcolm Clark is co-ordinator of the Children’s Food Campaign. He has a Masters in British Parliamentary Politics and is an alumni of the British Council's Interaction Leadership programme. He has spent the past decade working for, and running, a number of campaign organisations, on issues ranging from fair trade, to fair votes to a fair and more equal society. He continues to help co-ordinate the Fairtrade London campaign. He is also active locally in Streatham where he lives, assisting the MP with his advice surgeries and taking up local casework. Malcolm's passion is campaigning: not only getting stuck in to doing it, but also facilitating grassroots activists and giving people the knowledge and tools to make the most of their political voice.
Kath Dalmeny (Coordinator) Currently on maternity leave
Kath Dalmeny is Coordinator of Sustain. Her background is as a food campaigner and consultant to organisations such as the Food Commission, National Consumer Council, National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Food Climate Research Network and the London Development Agency. She has a special interest in food, sustainability and climate change – especially how local food systems can help create resilient local economies that reduce their impact on the environment. She is also interested in how the benefits of healthier food can be enjoyed more equitably by people living on a low income. In 2009, she became a member of the Food Advisory Group to the London Organising Committee of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and was recently appointed as a member of the London Food Board Executive. On a voluntary basis, Kath is a trustee of a community-run box scheme and farmers' market that is launching an exciting new start-up support programme (Growing Communities); and a food consultancy that helps individuals and organisations working towards more sustainable, equitable food systems (Food Matters). Kath has a Masters in Food Policy from the Centre for Food Policy.
Maria Deveraux (Growing Health - part of London Food Link)
With a background in marketing and PR, Maria is and always has been passionate about sustainable food. At Sustain, she is the project officer for Growing Health, run by Garden Organic and Sustain, looking at how community food growing can be routinely used by the health and social care services as a way of promoting health and wellbeing for a range of individuals and population groups. Outside her Sustain work, Maria is also helping to set up a local veg bag scheme (www.localgreens.org) supported by the Growing Communities Start-up programme, and was formerly chief executive officer of Slow Food UK. She is also a keen food grower and as a Master Gardener, she works with the local community to help them to grow their own. As an avid cook, she also has three plots that she gardens herself, to grow delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs to eat. Great-tasting real food is pivotal in every facet of Maria's life - she even uses her kayak to go foraging!
Gavin Dupee (IT/Design)
Gavin Dupee creates print media including a number of magazines, and designs and develops web applications for a number of charities, research groups, companies and private individuals. In addition he designs courses and lectures in web and graphical design, and has a degree in Environmental Science.
Catherine Fookes (Organic food and farming)
Catherine is the Organic Trade Board’s Campaign Manager for the Organic Naturally Different consumer campaign whose finances are managed by Sustain. Her career started at an advertising agency, then she campaigned at ActionAid and the Soil Association before joining Sustain. At Sustain, she was Co-ordinator of the Organic Targets Bill Campaign which resulted in an Action Plan for Organic Farming and greater financial support for organic farmers. In 2008, she wrote a major report "Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie" investigating nursery school food for Organix and the Soil Association. She was a Government adviser on Defra's "Advisory Committee on Organic Standards." She also organised the Children's Food Academy at Abergavenny Food Festival giving free cookery workshops to children, and worked at the Wye Valley AONB campaigning for better school meals and the use of local produce in public catering in the area. She lives in Wales on a small holding where she raises chickens and sheep and two young boys and takes an active part in the community, including as a school governor.
Vicki Hird (Acting Policy Director)
Vicki Hird is an award winning author, expert, strategist and senior manager who has been working on environment, food and farming issues for over 20 years. As Acting Policy Director at Sustain Vicki manages many of Sustain’s programmes and provides guidance on critical food issues. She is also the Senior Campaigner heading up the Land use, Food and Water Programme for Friends of the Earth and previously was Policy Director of Sustain, 1999 - 2004. She has been an expert consultant for NGOs and institutions (including for RSPB, WSPA, The Sustainable Development Commission, Greenpeace, The Plunkett Foundation and HEAL). She has launched many major food and environment campaigns, from local to global in scope, has published numerous reports and articles on the sustainability of food systems and published Perfectly Safe to Eat? (Women’s Press 2000). She has an academic background in pest management and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and the RSA. Vicki is on the board of Pesticides Action Network, and the Keo Foundation, is chair of the Eating Better alliance and has sat on numerous government advisory groups over the years.
Alex Jackson (Campaign for Better Hospital Food)
Alex works for Sustain as a project officer on the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, which developed from the ‘Good Food for Our Money’ campaign. Both campaigns aim to improve procurement of sustainable food in the public sector. Before joining Sustain, Alex worked as a lead campaigner on a number of projects in the skills sector – establishing a network of ‘skills academies’ for people who are unemployed and from disadvantaged backgrounds. Alex is a passionate supporter of local, seasonal and resilient food chains and how they can contribute to tackling climate change. Alex is also a local political activist in south London, where he has campaigned to demonstrate the link between sustainable food and healthy and vibrant communities.
Charlotte Jarman (FoodSave - part of London Food Link)
Charlotte coordinates FoodSave, helping businesses in London to reduce food waste and divert surplus to charities or animal feed. Charlotte previously ran London Food Link's Ethical Eats network, encouraging London's community cafés, restaurants and other catering businesses to incorporate more sustainable ingredients into their menus. Before joining London Food Link, Charlotte worked for a Fairtrade fruit importer, ran smoothie stalls at music festivals, helped to develop tourism projects with coffee-growing communities in Peru and Tanzania, and waitressed in a lot of restaurants. She studied Anthropology at University College London.
Becky Joynt (Design and Online Communications Officer)
Becky joined Sustain in March 2009. She helps develop the Sustain website and designs materials for print, including our Jellied Eel and True Loaf magazines. Becky has worked in the environmental charity sector since 2002, initally on the Good Beach Guide for the Marine Conservation Society and then on rural policy for the Campaign to Protect Rural England. More recently she was the IT and publishing manager for Pesticide Action Network UK before becoming freelance in 2007. In addition to her work with Sustain Becky also works for Pesticide Action Network Europe.
Ben Reynolds (Acting Co-ordinator)
Ben has been working at Sustain since 2004, and is currently stepping up from Deputy Coordinator. In 2005/06 Ben and his team successfully ran the consultation on the Mayor of London's Food Strategy. In 2007, After authoring the report Edible Cities,Ben came up with the idea for the Capital Growth project, supported by the Mayor of London, to create 2,012 food growing spaces in London by 2012. Between 2004 – 2013, Ben editted the free ethical London food magazine The Jellied Eel, and increased the distribution to 20,000 copies. Ben was a founding member of the Sustainable Food Cities network launched in 2013. Ben is a trustee of the charity School Food Matters. He has also been a member of the London Food Board, chair of Growing Greenwich, and between 2008 -2012 was a member of the selection panel for the Big Lottery Fund’s local food grants programme.
Julie Riehl (Capital Growth and Ethical Eats - both part of London Food Link)
Julie Riehl is a project officer for Ethical Eats, a network of London restaurants and caterers who are interested in improving the sustainability and ethics of their food. She focuses on reducing food waste among restaurants and caterers, as part of the transnational GreenCook project. Julie also works with Sustain's Capital Growth campaign helping people start growing their own food in London. She runs the project's show garden in London’s Regent’s Park. Before joining Sustain, Julie travelled in Australia where she studied mangrove bird communities in Darwin, grew sweet potatoes on a farm in Bundaberg and worked as a chef in a local café. She studied Ecology & Sustainable Development Project Management in Strasbourg, France.
Quoc-anh Tran (Finance Manager)
Following graduation with a degree in Accounting and Business Information Technology, Quoc-anh Tran joined Sustain in February 2002. Quoc-anh is continuing his professional development by working towards becoming a full member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). As Sustain's Finance Manager, Quoc-anh works closely with the project officers in managing budgets, prepares management accounts for finance and board meetings, and produces Sustain's annual accounts ready for the audit. Among other duties Quoc-anh is responsible for are developing project budgets for grant applications as well as reporting to funders.
Ruth Westcott (Sustainable Fish City - part of London Food Link, and working with Sustainable Food Cities)
Ruth Westcott co-ordinates Sustainable Fish City, a campaign which encourages businesses to adopt a fully sustainable fish policy, and thereby help transform the way the world's oceans are fished. The campaign began in London, inspired by the Food Vision of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and is now being adopted by cities across the UK. Ruth joined Sustain from the Marine Stewardship Council, and is a graduate of the University of Oxford and Imperial College, London, where she was awarded the Fishmongers' Company Scholarship.
Sarah Williams (Food Growing Programme Manager, also Capital Growth - part of London Food Link)
Sarah Williams is Programme Director for Sustain having joined in in 2009, as part of the Capital Growth team who successfully supported 2,012 new community food growing spaces in London. Sarah has developed new areas of work at Sustain including the national Big Dig programme and work on our Growing Health project. She currently oversees most of the London programme of work, run under the London Food Link umbrella and represents Sustain on the London Food Board. Prior to Sustain her roles have included running community regeneration projects, including at Groundwork East London where she lead on a series of environment based projects. Sarah was also the Strategic Manager of the Newham Food Access Partnership, where years she coordinated the implementation a Food and Nutrition Strategic Plan. Sarah has a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development, achieved through the Forum for the Future programme.
Chris Young (Real Bread Campaign; and London Food Link)
Chris Young has coordinated the Real Bread Campaign since 2009, running initiatives including Sourdough September, Real Bread Week, and the Lessons in Loaf and Bake Your Law programmes for schools. He is the editor of the Campaign’s Knead to Know book and international supporter network magazine True Loaf. In 2014, Chris became editor of The Jellied Eel, the magazine for ethical eating in London, coordinator of the London Food Link supporter network, and co-organiser of the Urban Food Awards.