The Team


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  .”

Karen Hamilton

Head of Programmes (Maternity Cover)

Karen joined FoodCycle in August 2021. She has worked in the voluntary sector for 25 years, developing and leading policy and programmes, including work with older people, young care leavers, people with mental health support needs and disabled people. Every project she has developed has involved volunteers.

Most recently she developed Dance to Health, a national falls prevention programme for older people. Previous organisations include Age UK and Volunteering Matters.

She is passionate about volunteering and user-led community development – giving people a say in how to improve their local communities and supporting them to have a role in doing so. When Karen’s not working, it’s highly likely you’ll find her in the cinema!

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

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 sector.  Carly is a firm believer in the power of food, has a passion for combating 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.

Becca Ketley

Regional Manager - South & East London

Becca joined FoodCycle in January 2021, after being a volunteer Project Leader at the FoodCycle Hackney project since May 2018. Becca has experience in the charity sector providing information management support to emergencies in the UK and oversees and coordinating volunteer response. She most recently worked on the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership with the British Red Cross in response to Covid-19. Outside of work she can be found crafting, cooking and facilitating cooking classes with Migrateful, an organisation that supports refugees, migrants and asylum seekers to teach cooking classes.

Francesca Selwood

Regional Manager - North and West London

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.


Emily Wilcox

London Project Support Officer

Emily joined FoodCycle in July 2021 as London Project Support Officer. As an experienced community volunteer, she knows the huge impact volunteering communities can have. Recently, she’s been helping out at The Lewisham Donation Hub and Sitopia Farm, an urban regenerative agriculture project. Emily studied French History at university in Paris, and since returning to London has worked in programme support for global health and development organisations.

In her spare time, you’ll find her in the kitchen learning new vegan recipes, taking long walks along the Thames, and learning to sew her own clothes (very badly!)

Stella Skye

London Project Support Officer

Stella joined FoodCycle in October 2021 to support the London team. They graduated from University of Sussex after completing their Postgraduate Degree in Environment, Development and Policy where they completed a module on Food and Development. During their studies, they learnt about food poverty, the issues with the global supply chain and the challenges of eradicating world hunger. Their experience in hospitality made them realize the huge issues with food waste and made them solidify their decision to work for a food charity. In their spare time they enjoy reading literature, being active and going to musicals.

Harry Barham

Northern Area Manager and Systems Development Coordinator

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.

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.

Mathew Milner

Regional Manager - Yorkshire & Teesside

Mathew joined the team in June 2021 as Regional Manager in Yorkshire & Teesside. As a Business Management graduate, he has also had experience working with community focused projects such as NCS and Census 2021. He is passionate about the difference volunteers can make in their communities and outside of work volunteers with Central Yorkshire Scouts to support the delivery of Skills for Life to Young People in Leeds & Wakefield. He can always be found outside, be that the garden, a campsite or the Dales. A lover of good walks & great coffee!

Zahra Borji Pour

Project Support Administrator (North)

My name is Zara and I joined FoodCycle in May 2021 as Project Support Administrator for the North of England. I studied accounting and have a passion for helping others. During the pandemic I volunteered at the COVID-19 vaccination clinics. I am looking forward to supporting the FoodCycle team with current and upcoming projects. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym and cooking/baking.

Lisa Jessup

Project Support Officer (North)

Lisa joined FoodCycle in September 2021 as North Project Support Officer. She’ll be putting her 20 years of Food Retail experience with the likes of Co-op to great use, to continue fighting food waste. She’s very much looking forward to working in the charity sector, as it’ll bring her closer to people and allow her to connect more with local communities. Lisa is also a baby massage instructor one morning a week, which shares lots of the same values as Foodcycle – bringing local people together for a natter and a brew! She’s also an ambassador for Tropic skincare, which has not only totally transformed her skin, but encourages her to step out of her comfort zone and go live to her Facebook community.

In her spare time, she loves looking after her mini zoo (currently two tortoises and two cats – soon to be a puppy if her husband comes round to the idea!) and baking with the kids, usually taking inspiration from her mum, who does the best lemon drizzle cake ever!  

Elena Kassis

Project Support Officer (North)

I joined FoodCycle during the lockdown as a volunteer helping packing food parcels. Then shortly after that, I started volunteering at a project in the North East cooking meals for cook and collect sessions. After that, I became a Project Leader, and I have been leading for a year. Now I am a Project Support Officer in the North East. Outside FoodCycle, I work as a support worker for a charity supporting asylum seekers and refugees. My dog and I spend most of our time in my allotment, growing stuff and going on long bus rides to lovely places!

Lucy Self

Marketing and Communications

With almost 15 years of experience in lifestyle brand communications, Lucy started her career as a journalist before moving into PR, social media management and marketing. Working with award-winning agencies across the world, she has done everything from lead communications for major brands such as Giraffe, Hakkasan, One&Only Resorts and Radisson Hotel Group to raise the profile of celebrity chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Dominque Ansel and Giorgio Locatelli.

A passionate foodie, Lucy loves nothing better to cook, is a keen hiker and has recently qualified to teach Vinyasa Flow yoga. She is thrilled at this new challenge as part of the Foodcycle family.

Jessica Fullerton

Projects and Marketing Administrator

Jess joined FoodCycle in September 2020 as Office Administrator. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in International Development in 2019 where she learnt a wide scope of things including the effects of food poverty and the positive impact of sharing a healthy, nutritious meal alongside others. Jess has always been determined to work for a company committed to helping others and is really excited to provide support in the London office as well as develop the cooking skills she learned over the lockdown period at some of FoodCycle’s projects!

Jen Molloy

Community Marketing Officer

Jen joined Foodcycle in July 2021. Before joining the team, Jen worked at BBC Children in Need for three years, creating storytelling content and working closely with the projects and young people the charity funds. Jen loves working with people, eating great food and having a good chat, so Foodcycle felt like the perfect fit!

When she’s not working, Jen enjoys playing lots of sport, learning Portuguese, making films, and eating Mexican food!

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.

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.

Hannah Warn

Project Support Officer (South West)

Hannah joined Food Cycle in July 2021. Having graduated with a degree in Nutrition, she has always had a passion for food. Since graduating she has worked in a number of nutrition-related roles and has a passion for helping others. Her volunteering experience includes working for the charity Action for Education, where she helped to support the refugees and asylum seekers attending the education centre on the island of Samos, Greece, a centre that provides education, nutritious meals and a warm community. She is passionate about the role that food can play in bringing communities together and is excited to be a part of the FoodCycle team! While Hannah isn’t working, she enjoys running, yoga, walking her dog Ginny and is a huge Harry Potter fan!

Nicola Lake

Training and Recruitment Manager

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.

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!

Minal Nashikkar

Finance Officer

Minal Joined FoodCycle as Finance Officer in June 2021. She is passionate about food and very sensitive to the issue of food wastage and hunger. Professionally, she has worked in finance departments in firms big and small. She Lives with her husband and teen son in Kent and loves being outdoors in the parks and travelling.

Sam Disney

Regional Manager - East of England

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.

Jody Beswick

Regional Manager - West Midlands

I started with Food cycle at the start of May 2020, 2 months into the Covid-19 lockdown, My Role involves 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.

Helena Searle

Project Support Officer (West Midlands)

Helena joined the team in July 2021, she studied Food & Consumer Management BSc at University College Birmingham. Helena has worked in various roles within the food industry and has seen first-hand the levels of food waste that occur. After a stint working in a supermarket and volunteering for FoodCycle Helena wanted to do something more and hopes she can make a positive change in her role as project support officer. During her spare time Helena loves to experiment in the kitchen, go on foraging walks and relaxing in the garden with her husband & cat.

Alex Hatherly

Regional Manager - South West

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.

Athene Jollands

Fundraising Officer

Athene joined FoodCycle in April 2021 as Fundraising Officer. Having previously worked as a chef in restaurants, hotels and chalets around the world she was excited to take a new direction with her career where she can give something back to the community through her work, whilst using her existing knowledge of the food industry. Athene is thrilled to have joined FoodCycle as they are broaching so many issues which she feels passionately about, particularly tackling the food waste crisis, as well as using shared meals to establish and develop communities.
When she’s not working, Athene spends her time challenging herself with over complicated recipes, running around London and going for long walks with friends and their dogs.

Pamela Walker

Development 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.

Alice Mabbott

Development Research Officer

Alice joined FoodCycle in April 2021 having graduated the previous summer from Goldsmiths, University of London with a BA in Sociology. Having worked in a supermarket, leading the food donations scheme, Alice was able to understand the potential of surplus food and its positive impact on a variety of local communities in East London and Essex. Her role at FoodCycle consequently combines her research skills gained at university with her knowledge of extensive national food wastage to support the wider mission of FoodCycle to nourish communities with surplus food. Outside of work, Alice enjoys watching Formula 1 and would one day love to go to Silverstone to see the British Grand Prix in person!

Andrea Romero O’Brien

Check-in and Chat Manager

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!

Alix Guerber (Maternity Leave)

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.

Sophie Tebbetts (Maternity Leave)

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.  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.


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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