The Sustain alliance is governed by its membership, which is open to national organisations that do not distribute profits to private shareholders and thus operate in the public interest.
Members must be wholly or partly interested in food and/or farming issues and support the general aims and work of the alliance. Sustain’s membership usually meets once a year in a general session at the Annual General Meeting, and many members also attend a range of specialist policy and project working party meetings, which are usually chaired by a member of Sustain's Council of Trustees, as well as specialist events tackling issues of common concern.
The current members of Sustain's Council of Trustees are listed below - highly experienced and much valued advisors on Sustain's governance and strategic direction. They are elected by Sustain's membership (and a minimum of one third of the Council must stand down each year) to form a governing body of up to 15 Trustees.
All Trustees declare any relevant interests when they are elected, and at the beginning of each quarterly meeting, and these interests are publicly available on Sustain’s website (see below). Sustain’s Council of Trustees meets quarterly to guide the work of the alliance, subject to approval by the members.
Cobi-Jane Akinrele is a member of the Support Team for the Open Food Network. She is a founder of the AKÉ Collective, a small community-focused start-up based in Nigeria committed to ensuring smallholder farmers in the global South are paid equitably for their produce. She also works in the support team at the Open Food Network (OFN), where she works closely with small- to medium-scale...
Open Food Network
Lucy Bjorck is a Senior Policy Officer with RSPB. As part the Food and Farming team, she works to ensure that the importance of nature is recognised in the development of more sustainable land-use policies, recognising that nature-based solutions are a crucial part of the response needed to tackle the problems which currently plague the food and farming system. Her background in...
Josie Cohen joined Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) in June 2017 to head up the organisation's UK campaigning, policy and communications work. She studied politics at university and has spent the last fifteen years working as a campaigner for a range of organisations including the League Against Cruel Sports and Save the Children UK. For the past decade she has focused on social,...
Pesticide Action Network UK
Deirdre ‘Dee’ Woods is an award-winning cook, community food educator, urban agroecologist, organiser and researcher, with over 25 years’ experience of working in diverse communities. In 2016 she was awarded BBC Food and Farming Awards, Cook of the Year. Dee is co-founder of Granville Community Kitchen and co-chair of the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN). She is a director of...
Deirdre Dee Woods
Independent Food Aid Network
David Edwards is Director of WWF-UK's new strategic focus on Food Systems transformation. He believes the coming years present the UK with a unique opportunity to accelerate transformation in global food systems through the development of exemplar policy, corporate action and food citizenship. His professional focus is to develop the research, advocacy and communications required to...
The Landworkers Alliance is a union of farmers, growers, foresters and land-based workers whose mission is to improve the livelihoods of LWA members and create a better food and land-use system for everyone. Jyoti Fernandes is part of the LWA’s Coordinating Group and an agroecological smallholder farmer. Jyoti says, “I have worked closely with Sustain on many campaigns to build a...
Mollie Gupta is Forest Commodities Manager for WWF-UK. WWF is currently working to bend the curve on biodiversity loss so that both people and nature can thrive. To achieve this, WWF is working to address the triple challenge of tackling climate change, restoring nature, and ensuring that a healthy, sustainable diet is accessible to all. Mollie Gupta joined the Food Commodities team at...
Dr Kawther Hashem BSc MSc PhD RNutr (Public Health) is a Registered Nutritionist. She currently holds the position of researcher at Queen Mary University of London and the Campaign Lead at the Consensus Action on Salt, Sugar and Health (CASSH), a charity organisation concerned with the effects of salt and sugar on health. Kawther studied for a BSc in Nutrition at King’s College London....
Consensus Action on Salt, Sugar and Health (CASSH)
Bridget Henderson is the research officer for the food, drink and agriculture sector represented by Unite, the union. Unite has more than 100,000 members in its food, drink and agriculture sector, and thousands more across all industrial sectors linked to the food chain, such as those in logistics and transport, printing and packaging, and the public sector. Formerly the editor of Landworker, the...
Unite, the union
Katharine Jenner is a Registered Public Health Nutritionist and the Campaign Director of the award-winning salt reduction charity Action on Salt (CASH), its international arm World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) and Action on Sugar, which aims to reduce unnecessary sugars in the population's diet. She also runs the only charity dedicated to lowering the nation's...
Action on Salt; Action on Sugar
As Head of Activism for Feedback Global, Andre Kpodonu leads on broadening and deepening participation within Feedback’s work to regenerate nature by transforming the food system. His portfolio of project includes EcoTalent, an Our Bright Future funded project which works to diversify entrance into the sector. The INTERREG funded FLAVOUR project also works to broaden economic participation...
Jo Lewis is Policy and Strategy Director at the Soil Association, leading their policy unit and organisational strategy development. Jo led the development of the Soil Association’s Food for Life Served Here scheme for healthy and sustainable menus, which now certifies 2 million meals every day in schools, hospitals, universities and visitor attractions. Jo has worked...
Shefalee Loth is Principal Researcher and Writer at Which?, the UK’s largest independent, not-for-profit consumer organisation which aims to tackle consumer harm and make consumers as powerful as the organisations they deal with in their daily lives. Shefalee produces consumer focused food and nutrition content for Which? covering nutrition and health, food safety and authenticity, and...
Raksha Mistry is the Soil Association Food for Life Programme Manager in Leicestershire. She is currently leading over 180 schools to develop a generation of conscious food citizens within a growing culture of good food. That extends across communities, caterers, food producers, and farmers. Raksha developed and established the national Grandparent Gardening Week, a campaign that enables...
Food for Life, Soil Association
Mike Rayner is Chair of Sustain. He is a Professor of Population Health and Director of the Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention at the Nuffield Department of Population Health of the University of Oxford. The Centre, which Mike founded in 1993, is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease...
Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention
Stephanie Slater is Vice-Chair of Sustain. Stephanie is Founder/Chief Executive of the charity School Food Matters, set up in 2007 to campaign for fresh, sustainable school food and to promote food education. In 2012 she joined the School Food Plan's Expert Panel, tasked by the Department for Education to create an action plan to support head teachers to improve food in their...
School Food Matters
Alison Swan Parente studied social anthropology at LSE a very long time ago. She trained and worked as a child and adolescent psychotherapist in various settings in the USA and then the NHS for 35 years. She was Chair of the Trustees of the Women's Therapy Centre for many years and has sat on several Charity boards, both grant-giving and receiving.She founded the Welbeck Bakehouse in 2008 and...
Alison Swan Parente
School of Artisan Food
Keith Tyrell is Sustain's Treasurer. He became Pesticide Action Network UK Director in May 2010. Keith has over 20 years' environmental experience. Prior to joining PAN UK he was the Director of Programmes and Research at the Koru Foundation - a charity that supports community scale renewable energy projects in poor countries. He also spent eight years working on UK and EU...
Pesticide Action Network UK
Nick Weir is Community Facilitator for the Open Food Network. He is a founder of Stroud Community Agriculture and Stroudco Food Hub. He helped to bring the Open Food Network (OFN) to the UK and now works as Community Facilitator with OFN UK and a Global Gardener supporting new countries to deploy OFN. As a Plunkett specialist advisor, a Co-ops UK consultant and a DTA Wales mentor, Nick has...
Open Food Network
Victoria is co-founder and Director at Food Matters, a charity working to make healthy, sustainable, fair food become a reality for everybody, every day. Victoria’s expertise centres on food poverty and access issues particularly the effect of national policies on local food initiatives. Victoria has been working on sustainability and food poverty for over 20 years and her current...
Please note that under the terms of UK law, it is not legal for anyone with an unspent criminal conviction to serve as a senior member of staff, finance lead or charity trustee (without special waiver); and it is not legal for anyone with a criminal conviction, spent or unspent, to serve as a senior member of staff, finance lead or charity trustee if that individual is on the sex offenders register. All Sustain trustees, senior management team and the head of finance have confirmed that they are eligible to serve in their roles.
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