Peer mentors

Our team of peer mentors are drawn from local areas across the UK who have pioneered food poverty alliances.

They are available to all members of Food Power to offer advice and support, as well as facilitate peer learning in their region. Meet our mentors by video below or click on the links to get in touch and join a Regional Learning Network. Most RLNs meet quarterly and all upcoming key dates are available online.

Lucy Antal
North West

Lucy is the NW project manager for Feedback Global’s Regional Food Economy, developing new networks of sustainable food projects and promoting a circular economy approach to food surplus – using it to feed people, animals and the soil, with a particular focus on the North West of England.

Pearl Costello
Food Cardiff

Pearl Costello is a sustainability change-maker and is leading Cardiff’s Sustainable Food City programme through Food Cardiff. Pearl also sits on the Peas Please Project Board to support local place-based action through Veg Cities and facilitate and empower the people’s voice on veg.

Nicola Cowell
North East and Yorkshire
Food Nation

Nicola is the Food Partnerships Manager at Food Nation, leading as a partnership co-ordinator, facilitator and connector. She has been rooted within Newcastle’s community and voluntary sector for last 20 years with a focus on reducing health inequalities.

Sam Dyer
East of England
Cambridge Sustainable Food

Sam is the Food Partnership Co-ordinator and Director of Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) CIC, the not-for-profit company which implements the projects recommended by the CSF Partnership Board.

Emily O’Brien
South East and London
Brighton and Hove Food Partnership

Emily is the Policy & Partnerships Manager at Brighton & Hove Food Partnership. This was probably the first food partnership in the UK, and is a national and international trailblazer, pushing the boundaries on local food work both as a service provider running for example a successful Community Kitchen, and at a strategic level via a city-wide cross-sector food strategy and action plan, the most recent of which has 200 actions, and nearly 100 partners including 26 separate city council departments.

Katie Palmer
Food Sense Wales

Katie founded Food Sense Wales in 2018, (part of the Cardiff and Vale Health charity). She has an MSc in Nutrition from Kings College London and in Food Policy from City University. She has worked in the world of food for over 20 years with experience in the private, public and third sector.

Bev Parker
Rural Action Derbyshire

Bev was appointed to the post of CEO of Rural Action Derbyshire in April 2017 having worked as Policy and Partnerships Manager with the charity since 2014.  She is a keen advocate of rural issues, having grown up in a South Derbyshire village with very few services even then.

Jamie Sadler
North East and Yorkshire
Food Nation

Jamie is the Managing Director and founder of Food Nation, an award winning and nationally recognised social enterprise creating learning experiences and environments that inspire people about healthy and sustainable food. He has also led the development of Food Newcastle, which led to the development of Newcastle’s first ever food focused city plan, and Harissa, an award winning sustainable restaurant. He was born and bred in a pub in North Yorks, then went on to study Nutrition at Newcastle University and Food Policy at London City University. He is passionate...

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