Sustain staff profiles

Kath Dalmeny
Chief Executive

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 the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Kath has been the alliance lead on Food and Vulnerability, serving on numerous liaison and coordination groups to support the emergency food response at local and national level. She was instrumental with the Good Law Project and Doughty Street Chambers in launching...

Ben Reynolds
Deputy Chief Executive

Since joining Sustain in 2004, Ben has helped launch the Food Power network and was a founding member of the Sustainable Food Cities network. Most recently he came up with the 50 Fountains Challenge (run in partnership with Refill), born out of the Sugar Smart campaign which he developed with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. He worked with Jamie Oliver’s team to get the government to adopt a sugary drinks tax, and set up the award winning Children’s Health Fund which piloted the levy with restaurants.

Sarah Williams
Programmes Director

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.

Gavin Dupee
Head of Digital & Design

Gavin manages Sustain's online and print presence, and develops technologies to help engage with Sustain’s audiences. Gavin has 20 years of experience developing web solutions predominantly for the charity sector. A comprehensive knowledge of PHP, Javascript and MySql forms the backbone to numerous bespoke solutions he has developed for Sustain and partners ranging from Jamie Oliver to the Mayor of London.

Quoc-anh Tran
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).

Fran Bernhardt
Campaign coordinator
Children's Food Campaign

Fran Bernhardt is a Children's Food Campaign Coordinator where she specialises in restricting the sales and marketing of unhealthy food to children. Since 2018 she has been advising the Mayor of London's team to write and implement their groundbreaking Healthier Food Advertising Policy across the Transport for London network (AKA "the junk food ad ban"). In addition, she now supports London boroughs to change their advertising policies.

Janelle Conn
Project support officer
Capital Growth

Janelle joined the Capital Growth team in 2017, and works mainly on the London Grows buddy scheme, Big Dig and networking events helping connect community gardens and urban growers across London.

Barbara Crowther
Campaign Coordinator
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.

Orla Delargy
Head of Public Affairs

Orla leads the communications for Sustain’s Brexit campaign. She is working hard to promote the opportunities and threats for food, farming and fishing as we exit the EU so we all have decent food to eat at the end of the process.

Maria Devereaux
Project Coordinator
Growing Health

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.

Hannah Fenton
Buckinghamshire Food Coordinator

Hannah co-ordinates the Buckinghamshire Food Partnership scoping project. The aim of the project is to establish the appetite for a Bucks food partnership, providing the framework to generate and support local action to improve the food system. This is building on the Sustainable Food Cities model, but in the context of a whole county and a largely rural setting.

Maddie Guerlain
Project Coordinator
Food Power

Maddie (currently on maternity leave) 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.

Vicki Hird
Head of Sustainable Farming
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 Jarvis
Project Coordinator
Food co-ops

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.

Alan Karlik
Digital Officer

Alan is a graphic and web designer, with passion for music, multisensory design and sustainability.

Stephanie Kennedy
Communications and Learning Coordinator

Stephanie is leading on Sustain’s communications strategy and website redevelopment as the organisation enters an exciting new phase of growth.

Amy Luck
Policy, research and communications freelancer
London Food Link

Amy joined Sustain in July 2020 to support the London Food Link work. She previously worked at the Health and Environment Alliance in Brussels in communications and advocacy and at the Wellcome Trust in health policy. She has a masters in Public Health for which she focused on health inequalities and land use.

Fiona MacAllister
Project Coordinator
Capital Growth

Fi returned to Sustain in May 2020 to coordinate Capital Growth (having worked on the Food and Mental Health Campaign all the way back in 2008!). She used to coordinate Growing Communities’ veg scheme and  learning programme.

Sara Mekerri
Programme Intern
Food Poverty

Sara joined Sustain as part of Sustain member Feedback’s EcoTalent paid internship scheme, which aims to connect young people with placements in the food and environmental sector.

Gillian Morgan
Planning Lead
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.

Morven Oliver-Larkin
Campaign Coordinator
Food Poverty

Morven 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.

Sofia Parente
Campaigns Coordinator
Sustainable Food Places

Sofia has been working at Sustain since 2015 and now coordinates the Veg Cities campaign, which encourages local areas to grow, cook, sell and save more vegetables.

Ren Piercey
SFP Local Action Officer
Sustainable Food Places

Ren joined Sustain in 2020 and works on Sustainable Food Places and the SUGAR SMART campaign. She previously coordinated Feedback’s Gleaning Network and is a Registered Associate Public Health Nutritionist.

Oliver Ratcliffe
Public Affairs Officer

Oliver joined Sustain in September 2020 and has a background in policy. He will be focusing on Sustain’s Parliamentary work by engaging with key stakeholders and monitoring policy developments.

Imogen Richmond-Bishop
Right to Food Coordinator
Food Poverty

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 Shaw
Head of Food Poverty Programme
Food Power

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.

Merav Shub
Project Support Officer and Executive Assistant
Food and Farming Policy

Merav re-joined Sustain in May 2019 as a Project Officer, working mainly for the Sustainable Farming campaign and Capital Growth (having coordinated Sustain’s module of the IIED Race to the Top project way back in 2002!).

Cecily Spelling
Communications and Events Coordinator
Food Power

Cecily joined Sustain in September 2020 as the Communications and Network Coordinator for the Food Power project and the Food Learning Forum (on maternity cover).

Abi Taylor
Finance & Administration Officer

Abi joined Sustain in July 2019 as the Finance & Administration Officer. She studied Nutrition & Health at university and has previously worked in the fitness industry. She is passionate about health, wellbeing, sustainability and conservation.

Elena Trivelli
Gardening and Training Coordinator
Capital Growth

Elena joined the Capital Growth Team in September 2019, after completing a Level 2 course in Organic Horticulture at OrganicLea and volunteering in various London gardens over the years. Elena has also been working with several charities in the mental health and homelessness sector.

Ruth Westcott
Campaign Coordinator
Sustainable Fish and the Climate and Nature Emergency

Ruth has co-ordinated the Sustainable Fish Cities campaign for over six years. The campaign encourages businesses to adopt a fully sustainable fish policy, and thereby help transform the way the world's oceans are fished.

James Woodward
Sustainable Farming Officer
Food and Farming Policy

James joined Sustain in 2020 and works on sustainable farming policy and campaigns. He previously worked in farming policy at Defra and as a farm adviser at Natural England.

Chris Young
Campaign Coordinator
Real Bread Campaign

Chris Young has coordinated the Real Bread Campaign since March 2009. His work involves running the Campaign’s international supporter network, creating and running initiatives including Sourdough September, Real Bread Week, Together We Rise (therapeutic/social baking), calling for an Honest Crust Act of better loaf labelling and marketing laws, and No Loaf Lost (surplus and waste reduction), as well as the Lessons in Loaf and Bake Your Lawn programmes for schools.

Vera Zakharov
Campaign Coordinator
Sustainable Food Places

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.

Sustainable Food Places

Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.

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