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
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gardening and Training Coordinator
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.
Senior Individual Giving Coordinator
Miriam joined Sustain in June 2019. She manages strategy for supporter fundraising, and works to raise the public profile of Sustain. She studied Environmental Science and helped initiate a campus-wide sustainability project through her student union. Her other experience includes communications and fundraising roles at Soil Association and International Tree Foundation.
Project support officer
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.
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.
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.
Sustainable Food Cities
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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