The Team


Mary McGrath

Chief Executive

Mary began her career in the food industry developing biscuits but eventually tired of eating them and went off to head up Grocery Aid – a food redistribution charity. Following the arrival of two children Mary dedicated herself to them and fundraising. Most recently, Mary was with FareShare – developing retail relationships and back of store trials at supermarkets.

I wanted to work first hand with those who need our help. So I am incredibly excited to be at FoodCycle – it is an honour and a privilege to be here and we have a bright future ahead of us. Unfortunately, our work is required now more than ever.”

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.

Camilla James

Marketing and Communications Manager

Camilla is passionate about telling the stories of our fantastic volunteers, finding creative ways to demonstrate FoodCycle’s impact and keeping food-waste, food-poverty and social isolation in the public-eye. Camilla has volunteered for FoodCycle for many years. Firstly as a student in Leeds and most recently at the newer Lewisham Hub. She has also worked for a variety of non-profit organisations, from supporting social enterprises and community businesses, to building a community of over 32,000 young entrepreneurs in universities and colleges across the UK.

Elizabeth Battle

Project Support Officer

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 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.

Yvette Whiffen

South West Volunteer Coordinator

Yvette has worked in many different sectors but has mainly enjoyed working with volunteers in the charitable sector. As she loves working with people and really enjoys food, both the cooking and eating and FoodCycle offered the perfect opportunity for her to combine these two passions.

Yvette spent many years working at Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled in Bristol where she oversaw the day to day operations of the Centre. As with most operations roles, there were many challenges, the main one being horses. With no prior experience of working or being around horses, Yvette soon had to grasp an understanding of which end was which!

Beyond work, Yvette enjoys getting out and about walking her dog and spending time in the countryside. She also enjoys putting her creative skills to good use either quilting or baking up some sweet treats.

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.

Justin Powell

Regional Manager (Birmingham and South West)

Justin has worked in the Third Sector for over 20 years as a manager in a variety of roles, including mental health and acquired brain injury. He has 2 teenage daughters which can occupy a lot of his time(!) but when he does get time to himself, he enjoys mountain biking with friends and walking his dog with his wife. Justin joined FoodCycle to make a difference and meet like-minded people.

Rosy Reeves

Marketing and Communications Officer

Rosy joined the team in April of 2019. She completed a degree in English Literature at the University of Liverpool and a Master’s in film at the University of Bristol. Her interest in working with organisations in the community developed while she worked at a youth-based charity in Bristol. Here she saw first-hand the positive changes these projects promote, particularly in relation to combatting holiday hunger for young people. She is passionate about using her skills to help communities work successfully together.  Outside of work you can find her at the cinema or trying new places to eat.

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!

Miriam Emanuel

Events Fundraising Manager

Having developed an interest in education and broadening engagement, Miriam has volunteered in the UK and abroad with several charities and projects. While at university in Sheffield, Miriam worked in volunteer and project management, enabling student volunteers to engage with local community groups and projects, and to give members of the public the opportunity to integrate with members of the student population. Having planned fundraising events in the past, she is excited to engage individuals and corporates with the fantastic work FoodCycle does at all levels. And when she’s not working, you can either find her doing some form of sport or in the kitchen – it’s a vicious circle!

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.

Nicky Coulson

Personal Assistant

Nicky joined FoodCycle in June 2016 as a part-time Personal Assistant to Mary and the management team. She deals with much of the administration that every business generates, including travel, event bookings and hub reporting. Nicky started her career as a PA at KPMG, before moving to a  publishing house, initially as Executive Assistant to the CEO, and latterly Operations Manager. She has developed a genuine passion for the work FoodCycle do.


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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