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.

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.

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!

Tom Osbourne

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.

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.

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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