The Team

Staff

Mary McGrath

Chief Executive

Mary has been CEO of FoodCycle since September 2013, when FoodCycle was made up of 14 Projects.  She is passionate about building communities and enabling people to connect with each other over good food. She loves talking about FoodCycle and the amazing people she has met during her time at the charity and wakes every day excited about the challenges that FoodCycle will help to tackle.

“I am so privileged to be the CEO of such a fantastic charity. Every day I meet the most amazing people, be it guests or volunteers who walk through our doors or donors who generously donate as they believe in what we are doing. I love the fact we tackle so many challenges, from building communities to food waste. I know first-hand that the power of good food is phenomenal  .”

Sophie Tebbetts

Head of Programmes

As Head of Programmes at FoodCycle, Sophie brings her two passions: helping people and great food. Sophie has worked for a variety of organisations across the charity sector, from managing large teams of volunteers at British Red Cross to supporting research projects for the International Organisation for Migration in Jordan. She supports FoodCycle projects in the north-east in Durham and Chester-le-Street. Most recently she ran operations for a small start-up food company called Salad Days based in East London, where she leads the growth of the company, working with companies such as Nike and Uber.

Sophie is currently on maternity leave.

Victoria Meier

Head of Fundraising

With an extensive background in raising funds for charities large and small, Victoria has a passion for the environment and sustainable food which she is delighted to be bringing to the fore in fundraising for FoodCycle.

She began her career in international development, with roles at Oxfam and Practical Action. She then moved into the environment sector, working at WWF. From there it was a natural progression into the world of farm animal welfare and sustainable food production, securing major gifts for Compassion in World Farming. When not working, Victoria enjoys a spot of Pilates and Zumba.

Carly Shutes

Head of Marketing and Communications

Carly has worked in marketing and communications since graduating from university. She began in travel and tourism then on to retail and in 2013 she made the move into the charity.  Carly is a firm believer in the power of food, has a passion for combatting loneliness, and enjoys rustling up meals from surplus food – key drivers for her joining FoodCycle.  Outside of work she enjoys rifling through vintage and charity shops, swimming and long walks with her dog.

Francesca Selwood

Office Administrator

Francesca joined FoodCycle in February 2020 as an Office Administrator. She has recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in English and Philosophy. Having volunteered at a sustainable eco-farm in Italy, she’s gained first-hand experience of the role that food plays in bringing communities together. She’s keen to get stuck in at the London projects and share her passion for cooking, whilst supporting the FoodCycle team in the Head Office. In her free time she enjoys going hiking, trying new foods and going to see live music.

 

Elizabeth Battle

South and East London Regional Manager

Elizabeth joined the team in January 2019 as a Project Support Officer. Prior to this she completed a degree in Social Anthropology at the LSE. It was her degree which drove her interest in community and the importance of food as a key social tool. Elizabeth has volunteered with charities and projects in and out of the UK, from distributing refugee aid in Northern France to working in Tower Hamlets, supporting women in prostitution. When not working, Elizabeth enjoys Lindy-hopping around London and getting stuck in to community am-dram.

Harry Barham

Regional Manager (North East)

Harry joined us in March 2018 and has always enjoyed working with volunteers to make a positive change in communities, previously for both charities and campaigns around the UK. Most recently he was a community fundraiser at the charity Changing Faces, which supports people with any form of visible difference or disfigurement find a way to live the lives they want. Beyond his work with FoodCycle, Harry enjoys eating veggie lasagne, spending time with his kittens Archie and Ivy and is very proud of his record collection.

Alix Guerber

London Area Regional Manager

Alix joined FoodCycle in August 2019 as Regional Manager for London. Before FoodCycle, she worked for GoodGym, a charity that aims to combine keeping fit and volunteering to reduce social isolation and loneliness. Alix has a passion for volunteering communities and what they can achieve, and when not working can mostly be found running in London parks and volunteering for Bloody Good Period, an organisation that provides period products to refugees and asylum seekers.

Nicola Young

Regional Manager (East Maternity Cover)

Nicola is passionate about volunteering and civil society, most recently managing and supporting volunteers for the Royal Photographic Society and the British Red Cross. Her recent voluntary roles include Countryside Service, Emergency Response, and Girlguide Leader. As an everyday eco-warrior who loves to cook, Nicola is especially excited to be working with FoodCycle to help reduce food waste and bring people together over a healthy, nutritious meal. In her spare time, Nicola enjoys travelling, wild swimming, walking, and generally being active outdoors.

Pamela Walker

West Midlands Regional Manager

Pamela has been supporting volunteers and developing volunteer-led services in the Midlands for over thirty years, most recently with older persons’ charity Re-Engage. Pamela has a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, and lives in Birmingham with her husband and son, and pets Pusscat and Barney.  Pamela spends her spare time trying to find the ultimate gluten and cornflour free pastry recipe, and reading Golden Age detective fiction.

Alex Hatherly

South West Regional Manager

Alex joined the team in November 2019 after studying Nutrition in Leeds and starting her career in food product development as a biscuit designer. She then worked for Tesco, running the community cookery school in partnership with Fareshare and Jamie Oliver, and after hearing about the great work FoodCycle do through the students she was teaching, she got on board! When Alex isn’t running the South West projects, you can find her in the many vintage shops in Bristol or on the netball court.

Frankie Lane

Marketing and Communications Officer

Frankie joined the team in July 2020. With a background in hospitality marketing and previously volunteering on the FoodCycle hosting teams, she has always been passionate about food. It was during the lock-down period however, that she realised just how much of an integral role sharing a nourishing meal has in supporting your local community. She knew she wanted to bring her foodie expertise to a cause that helps people feel less alone. When she’s not at work, you can find her reading, strolling around the city with friends and searching for the best cheap eats!

Jess Phillimore

Fundraising and Corporate Partnerships Manager

Jess joined the FoodCycle team in August 2020. Jess is passionate about the role of communities in supporting the most vulnerable and believes in the power of a shared meal to bring people together. She was previously Corporate Partnerships Manager at children’s charity Coram, developing key partnerships with organisations including McCarthy & Stone. When she’s not working with the brilliant FoodCycle team and supporters, Jess loves exploring London on foot or by bike and going to art galleries. She is also a Trustee for the refugee education charity, refugeeEd.

Helen Campbell

Finance Manager

Helen joined FoodCycle as Finance Manager in September 2017 and is based in our head office in London.  She has worked in charities of various sizes since 1998 in a range of roles, primarily in finance, administration and supporter care.  Helen is passionate about using her skills to help bring an end to poverty.  She loves food as long as she doesn’t have to cook it – though she is a dab hand at baking cheese scones!

Tom Osborne

Trusts and Foundations Manager

Tom joined FoodCycle in November 2019 as Trusts and Foundations Manager. He has spent the last six years (bar an eight-month jaunt around South and Central America) working in Trusts and Foundations fundraising, securing income from all different types of funders. Tom has joined FoodCycle because he is passionate about the environment and loves the unique way the charity brings people together. Outside of work, Tom is a long-suffering Fulham fan, loves running, long walks and is a bit of a politics obsessive.

Ian Winstanley

Regional Manager (North West)

Ian joined FoodCycle as Regional Hubs Manager in February 2017. He manages our projects in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool. Before joining FoodCycle, Ian spent 19 years with the learning disability charity Mencap, working with local groups and organisations at a community level across the North West. Ian enjoys cooking, especially curries, and likes walking and camping in the quiet places.

Sam Disney

Regional Manager (East)

Sam joined FoodCycle in 2019 as the Regional Manager for the East. She has 10 years of experience in public health, covering a wide range of topics including physical activity, smoking cessation and sexual health. Sam’s passion for health and wellbeing aligns with our commitment to bring people together and provide a healthy nutritious meal. In her spare time she loves to bake at home and is an avid GBBO and Australian Masterchef fan.

Andrea Romero O’Brien

Check-in and Chat Coordinator

Originally from Spain (and half-Scottish), Andrea completed her degree in Humanities at the University of Alcalá in Madrid after her year “abroad” at the University of St. Andrews. She joined FoodCycle as soon as she moved back to the UK in 2018 to give back to her local community by sharing her love for cooking, supporting our Greater Manchester Projects and the Marketing Team with social media in the NW. Andrea now coordinates our new COVID-19 response Check-in and Chat service, providing vital support to our guests during these challenging times. Outside of work you can find Andrea illustrating, hanging out in her favourite cat café and bargain hunting in her local charity shops!

Jody Beswick

Warehouse Manager

I started with Food cycle at the start of May 2020, 2 months into the Covid-19 lockdown, My Role is warehouse supervisor at the south Birmingham food hub, Sourcing, arranging collection and redistribution of surplus food to those in need are some of my responsibilities.

Having previously worked at 3 big supermarket chains in a management role, I have seen first hand the levels of food waste.

In my spare time I enjoy nothing more than riding my motorcycle into the north of Wales and taking in the scenic routes.

 

Pip

FoodCycle Mascot

Pip is FoodCycle’s superhero, working tirelessly to save perfectly edible surplus food and it into healthy meals for vulnerable people. He bursts with pride when he sees all the amazing work in FoodCycle projects across the country.

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