The Team

Trustees

Stephen Catling

Chair

Stephen Catling joined the Board of Trustees in 2017 and became Chair in 2018. He was initially involved with FoodCycle through providing a pro-bono mentoring programme in 2015 at Head office.

Stephen is a true foodie. He studied Food Science and Chemistry at University and has subsequently been nearly 30 years in the food and food ingredients industry. He currently has his own company providing advisory, non-executive and consulting services to the food, ingredients and speciality chemical industry. Stephen has had a special focus on the nutrition and wellness area over the last year.

Up until 2014, Stephen was Chief Executive of the speciality ingredients Division of Associated British Foods PLC, a FTSE 50 UK company . He held this role for over a decade. Prior to that he was Managing Director and Divisional President at Danisco A/S (now DuPont), a world leader in food ingredients.

“I passionately believe in the positive social impact that FoodCycle provides in local communities. I hope to bring all my food and business experience to the organisation to help FoodCycle continue to develop and grow in the coming years.”

Mark Game

Mark joined FoodCycle as a Trustee in September 2017. For the past 15 years, Mark has worked within the food redistribution sector of the UK’s food industry. Mark is also one of the founders of Community Shop, the UK’s first social supermarket, where he was instrumental in creating a model that balanced the commercial needs of the retail sector with the social needs of Community Shop’s members. Beyond this, Mark has worked for the past 10 years on industry work groups with DEFRA and WRAP and has actively collaborated with industry and Government to seek out best practice for reducing and redistributing food surpluses. In 2016, Mark Founded The Bread and Butter Thing, a new charity focussing on making life more affordable for people in low income households. It introduces a new, low cost model to stop food becoming waste. The Bread and Butter Thing does not have warehouses, nor does it need them, as food given out the same day it is received.

Pippa Garland

Pippa Garland has been a board member of FoodCycle since 2017. Pippa is a charity lawyer and partner in the charity and social business team of Russell-Cooke. Pippa advises charities and social enterprises on legal and commercial issues, including corporate structure, governance and regulatory compliance. Pippa regularly provides training to trustees and charity employees on legal topics, including fundraising and general charity law, and is a contributing author to the legal textbook, “The Charities Acts Handbook”. In addition to being a trustee of FoodCycle, Pippa also sits on the Public Affairs Committee of Philanthropy Impact.

“Food poverty and food waste should not exist side by side. FoodCycle’s simple but effective model works to end this, bringing people together around a delicious and nutritious meal.”

David West

David joined the board of Trustees in early 2020 as part of a desire to volunteer time in a meaningful way and to add value from his business experience. Food and the social experiences revolving around it have always been central to his life so FoodCycle is a perfect fit.

He has held various senior finance roles in a wide range of industries. He is currently a Finance Director for a large data centre operator. He holds a degree in Economics from The University of Nottingham and an MBA from London Business Schoool. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Kalyani Gupta

Kalyani joined the board of Trustees in summer 2021. She currently advises on equality, diversity and inclusion policy at UK Research and Innovation.

Kalyani has a long-standing interest and passion in food sustainability issues. She previously worked with FoodCycle LSE as a project leader and coordinator for over 4 years. She’s also researched food poverty issues within Cambridge as part of helping to set up the Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance. More recently, she co-founded Nourish Our World, a programme to help connect young people with food and climate change challenges.

Kalyani has a multi-disciplinary background having spent time in academia obtaining a PhD in materials chemistry and remains passionate about tackling deep-rooted and complex systems-level societal and environmental issues. She loves to cook, weave and spend as much time as possible in the countryside.

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