Board of Directors
The work of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is overseen and steered by its Board of Directors.
Who is on the board
The Board is accountable to members of the Food Partnership. Board members are elected each year at the annual general meeting. The Board is made up of up to nine Food Partnership members elected by the membership to represent the membership at Board level. These elected members are the directors of the company and are supported by appointed and co-opted members who add to the extensive range of skills and expertise on the Board. There is an appointed place for representatives from the public health team at NHS Brighton & Hove, the City Council, Food Matters (as founders) and for a Councillor from the Sustainability Cabinet. The elected members retire a third at a time on rotation, unless there are vacancies due to retirement.
What the board does
The Board of Directors meet quarterly to discuss finance, funding, campaigns, services, events, partnership working, membership and strategy. There is also a Finance Sub Committee who meet regularly and make recommendations to the Board based on financial reporting and accounts. Management reports are reviewed at each meeting and both the Director of the Food Partnership and the Chair report on recent activity and relevant business. If you would like a copy of the recent agendas, minutes, company accounts etc, please contact us.
Current board members
Victoria Williams (Chair appointed)
Victoria Williams runs Food Matters, a Brighton-based not-for-profit organisation that offers support and expertise to organisations and individuals working towards creating more sustainable and equitable local, national and global food systems. Food Matters has worked with the Food Partnership since its inception and held a co-opted place on the Board due to their expertise on issues such as organic production, sustainability, GM crops, consumer attitudes, local food systems and food poverty.
Durwin Banks (elected)
Durwin is a long standing member of the board, and a local linseed farmer. His company High Barn Oils sell linseed direct from their Sussex farm. Durwin is a passionate about healthy fats and knows all there is to know about linseed!
Adam Bates (elected)
Adam runs a small business working in the area of conference and business tourism, while providing consultancy to tourist destinations. He is the former Head of Tourism & Leisure for Brighton & Hove City Council; responsible for tourism, leisure, seafront, sports, museums, venues & events. He brings great expertise to the board, particularly in enterprise, strategic development and human resources.
Francesca Iliffe (appointed)
Francesca works at Brighton & Hove City Council as the Sustainability Officer based in Planning. Francesca works to ensure planning policy delivers sustainable development; this includes delivering a sustainable food system. Francesca has worked closely with the Food Partnership since its inception and has played a role in embedding sustainable food into council policy, processes and practices. More recently this has included developing with the Partnership ambitious targets for the city and council's pioneering One Planet Living Plan. The One Planet Food Action Plan aims to reduce the ecological impact of food, currently focusing on procurement and increasing food growing. Whilst the council has proactive food policies for its own services which deliver good and best practice in several areas, there is much further to go. The positive working relationship with the Food Partnership means this work has had a strong and steady forward momentum for over a decade.
Josie Jeffery (elected)
Josie is an active gardener and plant lover and currently runs gardening workshops for all age groups, which focus on making seedbombs www.seedfreedom.net. She has also written a book on seedbombs which focuses on the benefits community gardens and schemes. She is a parent of three sons and believes a healthy diet promotes a healthy mind and a better understanding of how to preserve a healthy environment!
Gill Mitchell (appointed)
Gill is Councillor and Deputy Leader of the Labour & Co-operative Group. Her role on the Food Partnership board is to represent the interest of the local council, whilst acting as an advisor for any issues concerning the council and the Food Partnership. She is also Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee.
Charles Nyereyegona (elected)
Charles is a local food journalist, food critic and small business owner with a fervent passion and interest in food. He trained first as a Chartered Accountant before moving into financial trouble-shooting and project and systems management: specialising in media, I.T and finance. Charles has since moved into catering and training and brings great enthusiasm and networking skills to the board.
John Routledge (elected)
John is a founder member of the Food Partnership and a passionate advocate of the production, distribution and consumption of good quality, sustainably sourced food. Having previously worked as Head of Communities for Brighton & Hove City Council and volunteered as a trustee for the Community Voluntary Sector Forum and Trust for Developing Communities. He has trained as a commis chef and has worked in a co-operative restaurant as cook, server, waiter, book keeper and pot wash. He's a keen gardener and grower of food with a mini allotment at home together with fruit growing, edible flowers and shrubs. John assists the Food Partnership with his knowledge of governance issues, financial management, marketing and fundraising.
Bryn Thomas (elected)
Bryn is one of the founders of Brighton Permaculture Trust and currently manages its fruit projects and course and events programme. He was involved in setting up Stanmer Organics and the Low Carbon Trust and is a trustee in a community owned farm in Cornwall. He offers his expertise in permaculture design, fruit planting and processing and has 20 years experience directing small organisations.
Kim has worked for over 10 years in the NGO sector - in the field of international development with experience in campaigning and advocacy. She has experience of UK campaigning as well as coordinating UK coalitions and international campaigns. For the last 5 years, Kim has worked on hunger, farming, and land issues from an international perspective. A keen organic gardener and with an interest in issues of sustainability, poverty, farming and justice, Kim will bring campaigning, research and advocacy skills to the board along with an international perspective.
Sue Paskins (Treasurer)
Sue is Treasurer at Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and her role involves oversight of the quarterly management accounts and the annual accounts. She is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (FCCA). She has also run a successful hotel in Brighton, The Granville Hotel, and has a proven track record in accountancy and business management. Sue is a keen gardener with a deep interest in “green” issues especially organic growing, food waste, and local production. These interests fit very closely with the Food Partnership ethics.