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Eat Somerset working party members

During the first phase of the project, Eat Somerset benefited from the support of a wide range of organisations and individuals, who shared their time, expertise, contacts, and sometimes financial support - either in kind or directly. Eat Somerset also ran a working party to share information and help develop the work of the project. Members in the first phase of the Eat Somerset project (now finished) included:

  • Christina Ballinger, Somerset Organic Link
  • Jonathan Bayne, Londis
  • Alison Belshaw, Sustain, Eat Somerset Project Officer
  • Rosie Blackburn, Sustain, Good Food on the Public Plate Project Officer
  • Steve Bone, Government Office for the South West
  • Alan Bonner, Radstock Cooperative Society
  • Liz Bowles, English Farming and Food Partnership
  • Chris Brannagan, South West Regional Development Agency
  • Shane Brennan, Association of Convenience Stores
  • Sue Chant, Somerset Primary Care Trust
  • John Cotterell, Gundenham Dairies
  • Kath Dalmeny, Sustain, Deputy Co-ordinator
  • Christine Goodall, Natural England
  • Ann Guilding, Agricultural Development Officer, Sedgemoor District Council
  • Chris Head, Envolve
  • Vicki Hird, Friends of the Earth
  • Mary Hughes, Independent consultant
  • Mike Johns, South West Regional Development Agency
  • Dan Keech, New Economics Foundation
  • Andy MacLachlan, Co-op
  • Steve Marriott, Bristol City Council
  • Christine Marshall, South West Food and Drink
  • Andrew Moore, Somerset Food Links (Chair)
  • Sue Morris, Taste of the West
  • Helen Pinnock, Bristol City Council
  • Kirsty Righton, Soil Association
  • Nicky Saunter, Somerset Food Links
  • John Sheaves, Taste of the West
  • Toni Smith, Food Standards Agency South West regional coordinator
  • Veronica Talbot, Long Sutton village store
  • Judith Ward, South West Food and Drink
  • Nick Webber, South West Rural Enterprise Gateway Project Officer
  • Jan Wheatley, Booker
  • John Wilcox, Booker, Taunton
  • Jane Wildblood, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Retailers, producers and producer groups were also invited to join the working party as and when they became involved in project activity.

Eat Somerset: From 2006 to 2009 Sustain co-ordinated a food chain project in south west England that worked to increase trading between producer groups in and around Somerset and independent food retailers in the county, and create new markets in Bristol and Bath.

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