Sustain staff profiles
Kath is Chief Executive of Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming, since 2016 leading the alliance's response to Brexit and its profound implications for healthy and sustainable food, farming and fishing and developing the Campaign for a Better Food Britain. During 2018 she became a Commissioner for the RSA's Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, after having served on the steering group that led to its establishment.
Deputy Chief Executive
Ben has been working at Sustain since 2004, and as Acting Coordinator (2014 – 2015) developed Sustain’s first overarching strategy. Recently, Ben has worked with Jamie Oliver’s team to get the government to adopt a sugary drinks tax, and set up of the Children’s Health Fund which distributes money from a 10p voluntary sugary drinks levy from restaurants.
Sarah 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.
Head of Digital & Design
Head of Finance
Following graduation with a degree in Accounting and Business Information Technology, Quoc-anh 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).
Save Our Antibiotics
Katherine is one of the team that runs the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics. She has a Social and Political Studies BA from the University of Sheffield, a Magazine Journalism MA from City University and a CIPR Advanced Certificate in PR. Katherine believes passionately in the links between food, health and wellbeing.
Southwark Good Food Project Officer
Sam is working to further embed the good food agenda in Southwark, with an emphasis on tackling food poverty, promoting SUGAR SMART and bringing water fountains to the borough.
Children's Food Campaign
Barbara joined Sustain in 2018 and manages the Children’s Food Campaign, which champions children’s rights, parent power and government action to improve the food environment children grow up in. This includes campaigning for tighter regulations of junk food marketing to children, better school food and reducing children’s consumption of sugary or unhealthy food.
With a background in marketing and PR, Maria is and always has been passionate about sustainable food. As project officer for Growing Health, Maria is 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.
Maddie coordinates the annual Good Food for London report and the national Food Power network, which supports local food poverty alliances across the UK. She previously managed Capital Growth at Sustain from 2015-2017.
Food and Farming Policy
Vicki Hird is an award winning author, expert, strategist and senior manager who has been working on environment, food and farming issues for over 25 years. As part- time Sustainable Farm Campaign Coordinator at Sustain, Vicki manages the farm policy and related campaigning and provides comment and guidance on these issues.
Tilly coordinates the Food Co-op project at Sustain, building on previous work to create the largest network of community food co-ops and food buying groups across the UK; her main focus is working in partnership with the National Union of Students to train and mentor students setting up new food co-ops and food preserving enterprises.
Design & Online Communications
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.
Planning Food Cities
Gillian is supporting Sustainable Food Cities engage in the plan-making process to ensure that community food growing has been taken into account in their local plans.
Lailah coordinates Sustain’s London Food Poverty Campaign which highlights and encourages sustainable responses to food poverty, particularly where they address the root causes of food poverty.
Right to Food Coordinator
Imogen joined Sustain at the end of 2017 as the coordinator for the new Right to Food project. The Right to Food Project is a collaboration between Sustain, Just Fair, Nourish Scotland, and the Institute of Health and Society of the University of Newcastle. Sustain’s work on this project is funded by the Baring Foundation.
Simon coordinates Food Power, a four-year programme supporting food poverty alliances to tackle food poverty in their areas. The programme focuses on highlighting and encouraging sustainable responses to food poverty, particularly where they address the root causes of food poverty.
Gardening and Training Coordinator
Julie is the Garden and Training Coordinator for Capital Growth, London's food growing network. She manages the Capital Growth show garden in Regent’s Park, whose purpose is to inspire people to grow food and to demonstrate organic growing practices.
Chris coordinates Capital Growth, London’s Food Growing Network of over 2,700 community food growing spaces. He joined Sustain in September 2017, following previous roles with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), developing Green Gyms across the UK, and a career in IT and telecommunications.
Emma Weatherill is an award winning journalist who specialises in food and farming news. Before working as the News Editor for Sustain she spent 10 years as a broadcast journalist at the BBC. She began her career on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour before going on to produce and report for The Food Programme, Farming Today, On Your Farm and other Radio 4 programmes.
Sustainable Fish Cities
Ruth 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.
Real Bread Campaign
Chris Young has coordinated the Real Bread Campaign since March 2009. His work involves running the Campaign’s international supporter network, devising and running initiatives including Sourdough September, Real Bread Week, Together We Rise (therapeutic/social baking), calling for an Honest Crust Act, No Loaf Lost (surplus and waste reduction) as well as the Lessons in Loaf and Bake Your Law programmes for schools.
Sustainable Food Cities
Vera joined the team in 2017 and works on Sustainable Food Cities supporting cities with their Sugar Smart campaigns. She has previously coordinated the Love Food Hate Waste campaign at the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, which included a very successful Feeding the 5000 Brighton event. She has also coordinated the Sussex Gleaning Network with Feedback, and co-founded the Food Waste Collective.