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

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    Victoria Williams

    Chair (appointed)

    Victoria Williams runs Food Matters, a Brighton-based charity 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.

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    Adam Bates


    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.

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    Bryn Thomas


    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.

  • Sue Paskins


    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.

  • Jeff Howard


    Jeff’s background is as a senior HR leader for large international brands such as Swarovski, The Body Shop, L’Oreal and TP ICAP.  His local experience includes working, volunteering and consulting for the NHS and other voluntary sector organisations in Sussex.  Jeff brings to the Board a strategic and business development orientation, combined with Human resources and business change expertise.

  • Susanna Salts


    Susanna is a senior manager at one of the city’s largest employers (EDF Energy) and is able to offer the food partnership her commercial knowledge, as well as people management, partnerships and marketing experience.  She has a passion for food, local sustainability and is Brighton born and bred.

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