Our chair: Adam Starkey
Adam is the founder and CEO of award-winning food innovation company, Green Gourmet Ltd. Starting out as a one-man business in 1988, it now employs 38 people from its base in Gloucestershire. He is a director of the Local Economic Partnership for Gloucestershire supporting growth in the county. For ten years he has been a non-executive director of Tarnside Consulting Ltd, the UK’s leading consultancy for large charitable gift giving. He tries to repay the help he was given when starting his company by being a director of Stroud Brewery, Rod and Bens Organic foods, Batata Comunicações, Before and After and Gilbey Films.
Will began his career working with the business organisation London First, before roles as a political researcher and journalist. Will led communications activity for the likes of the Prison Reform Trust and Demos before taking on his first director-level role at Tech UK and becoming Director for UK Child Poverty at Save the Children. During his time at Save the Children, Will brought together the strategy for the Read On. Get On. social impact campaign.
Following roles in audit, Chris moved into the further education sector in 1995 as Finance Director of Huddersfield Technical College and then onto Sheffield College (one of the largest further education colleges in the country). At Sheffield College he wrote and delivered the five-year financial recovery plan taking the organisation out of insolvency. From 2008 he was Principal of Calderdale College, leading it through transformation from average to good. Chris is currently a further education advisor with the Department of Business, Industry and Skills, providing short consultancy interventions for colleges with issues with finances or quality.
Tim has led the development and implementation of brand marketing and communications strategies including at Renault UK and National Savings and Investments. He was voted “m
arketer of the year” for the renaissance of National Savings and Investments and Premium Bonds, while his achievements at Renault UK include the renowned “Nicole and Papa” campaign for the Clio. He chaired the government’s heads of marketing for three years and was on the government Strategic Marketing and Advertising Board. Now a freelance consultant, he was formerly governor of an infants and junior school, a founding trustee of an environmental trust and a General Election candidate.
Caroline started her career as a statistician in academia before moving into IT and corporate finance management. With an MBA focusing on corporate fina
nce and strategy, she joined BNFL and was seconded to Bain to work on a strategic review of a US subsidiary and then a strategic project in Australia. In 1999, Caroline moved into her first director role, with Dunlop CRG Limited. Consultancy projects with private and voluntary sector clients followed, before Caroline joined the Big Life Group as a director. There, she has led on the turnaround of the Big Issue in the North and her remit includes Big Life Employment, the mental health charity, a social care operation in Grimsby and most recently nursery provision.
Jonathan built a successful career in the drinks industry for well known brands like Scottish Courage and John Smiths, holding a range of executive roles. As Managing Director for Waverley TBS (part of the Heineken Group), he drove a complete turnaround of a loss-making business. Jonathan became Director North of England for the Prince’s Trust in 2012. Since then he has been developing the northern operation to reach more young people and evolve the education, development, employment and enterprise programmes. He is responsible for managing multiple stakeholders including funders (across private and public sectors) and corporate partners.
Meg is a registered Food and Public Health Nutritionist with extensive experience in the school meals industry at FTSE 100 food service provider, Compass Group. She spent three years working with schools and local authorities to ensure compliance with government guidelines. More recently, Meg has been responsible for the strategic direction of Nutrition Team in Compass Group’s education sector. She wrote and implemented their Health and Wellbeing strategy for 2020 which aims to give every student and pupil the best possible start in life. She sits on the All Party Parliamentary Group for School Food and represents Compass Group UK and Ireland on an EU platform working group which aims to establish a European-wide approach to food policy for countries without legislation in place to govern school food.
With a background in local authority school catering and the restaurant trade, Linda joined us in 2007 to lead our work with schools, caterers, local authorities and others involved in delivering good food at school to build long term capacity and sustainability in the sector.
Linda became our Chief Executive Officer two years ago and is driving our mission to get every child eating well at school, at home and beyond. She is passionate about ensuring malnutrition, food poverty and health inequalities have no place in modern Britain and campaigns to help protect every child’s right to eat better – and so, to do better.
She is an advisor to government, a member of the national expert panel advising the School Food Plan, and the expert reference group on universal free school meals for infants. Follow Linda on Twitter @lindacregancft
Garry has gained more than 40 years of financial experience working for a range of companies, including Welcome Break Ltd, Trust House Forte Ltd, Granada Service Areas and Management and Retail Services Ltd. Before joining us he led on management information processes for Connexions, supporting more than 150 advisors and providing information for the Department for Education and other stakeholders. He has also led on Health and Safety, Data Protection and IT.
With 25 years experience in PR, marketing and communications Darshana has delivered comprehensive communications and media services alongside engagement programmes and integrated national marketing campaigns for the likes of the probation service, Learndirect and the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. Part of the executive teams at national criminal justice charity Sova and the Restorative Justice Council, she led on strategic rebranding projects, web and intranet development programmes, publications and events, as well as managing national media and public affairs campaigns.
Darshana is thrilled to be part of the Children’s Food Trust and seeing the positive impact of our work every day