Council of Trustees

Sustain staff and trustees take part in a Strategy Day, 2018

Sustain staff and trustees take part in a Strategy Day, 2018

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.

David Barling
CAFEM, University of Hertfordshire

Professor David Barling has supported Sustain’s work in a number of capacities over the years as – for example – one of the instigators of the Agri-Food Network; chair of Sustain’s Good Food on the Public Plate working party; chair of Sustain’s Good Food for our Money Campaign that won mandatory standards for food served in Central...

Lucy Bjorck

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
Pesticides Action Network UK

Josie Cohen joined Pesticides 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,...

Deirdre Dee Woods
Independent Food Aid Network

Deidre ‘Dee’ Woods is an award-winning cook, community food educator, urban agroecologist, broadcaster, 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). Dee...

Bridget Henderson
Unite, the union

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...

Clare Horrell
Campaign for Real Farming

Over the past 10 years, Clare Horrell has been working directly with food and farming enterprises around the UK developing funding, mentoring and impact programmes to support their development. A particular focus of her current work is developing new ideas and programmes to fill the “black hole” that exists between grant funding and commercial lending that leaves many food and farming...

Katharine Jenner
Action on Salt; Action on Sugar

Katharine 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 blood...

Joanna Lewis
Soil Association

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...

Mike Rayner
Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention

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...

Stephanie Slater
School Food Matters

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...

Shaun Spiers
Green Alliance

Shaun Spiers is executive director of the environmental think-tank Green Alliance, with which Sustain works in close cooperation on Brexit-related farming and environmental policy. Prior to this appointment, he was chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) since 2004. Before joining the CPRE, Spiers was chief executive of the credit union trade association Abcul, and...

Christopher Stopes
Organic Farmers & Growers

Christopher Stopes has been working in food and farming - largely organic - for 30 years, the past two decades as a freelance consultant working with European institutions, national governments, NGOs and business clients. Prior to that, as Head of Research at the Organic Research Centre, he was responsible for scientific agronomic and livestock organic research. He has substantial...

Alison Swan Parente
School of Artisan Foods

Alison Swan Parente studied social anthropology at the London School of Economics a very long time ago. She then did a child psychotherapy training and worked for 4 years at Rutgers Medical School in the USA, coming back to the UK in the late 70s and working variously at Hoxton Child Guidance clinic and the Royal London Hospital. She was Chair of the Trustees of the Women's Therapy Centre in...

Keith Tyrell
Pesticides Action Network UK

Keith Tyrell is Sustain's Treasurer. He became Pesticides 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...

Victoria Williams
Food Matters

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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