Meet the Team

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Baroness Rosie Boycott - Chair of the Board

Rosie was appointed Chair of London Food by the Mayor to help improve Londoners’ access to healthy, locally produced and affordable food.  Rosie has been editor of the Daily Express, Esquire and the Independent. She writes and speaks regularly about the importance of food in improving health and in reducing the carbon emissions, which cause climate change.

Sir John Hegarty

John Hegarty has been central to the global advertising scene over six decades. He was a founding partner of Saatchi and Saatchi in 1970.  And then TBWA in 1973.  He founded Bartle Bogle Hegarty in 1982 with John Bartle and Nigel Bogle. The agency now has 7 offices around the world. He has been given the D&AD President's Award for outstanding achievement and in 2014 was admitted to the US AAF Hall of Fame.  John was awarded a Knighthood by the Queen in 2007 and was the recipient of the first Lion of St Mark award at the Cannes Festival of Creativity in 2011. 

Anna Taylor OBE

Anna is Executive Director of The Food Foundation, and has worked for the Department for International Development, where she led the policy team on nutrition. She has also worked for a number of international organisations including Save the Children and UNICEF and has been at the forefront of international leadership on nutrition for several years. In 2014 she was awarded an OBE for her work to address the global burden of undernutrition.  She is currently serving as Chief Independent Adviser to Henry Dimbleby for the development of the National Food Strategy.

Andy Porteous

Andy has over 30 years of Brand & Marketing Expertise. He built his career in the global food and drinks industry, working in a range of marketing roles for Unilever across the world, including running household names such as Hellmann’s. His last role at Unilever was as Senior Vice President of Digital for Global Foods.

He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Mavens of London, a leading digital consulting company.  In addition, Andy is a Non-Exec Director of the brand and design agency, Coley Porter Bell; a Trustee of VegPower; and an angel investor/mentor in a range of food and digital start-ups.

Anne Heughan

Anne Heughan is public health nutritionist with over 40 years experience as a State Registered Dietitian, who has worked in both the public and private sector on food, nutrition and health policy at global, European and UK level. She has been active in many government and industry committees.

Katie Palmer

Katie is Sustainable Food Cities Co-ordinator for Food Cardiff, working to generate a fair and vibrant food economy in Cardiff. Katie is a member of the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board and the Wales Food Poverty Alliance. She is also working in partnership with the Food Power programme, led by Sustain and Church Poverty in Action, as a Peer Mentor, and is currently supporting the development of the national charity, Food Sense Wales. Katie has a background in food and nutrition and also worked in local government as part of the Leader Plus project.

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Karen Schenstrom

Karen has worked for much of her life in the retail food supply sector. Karen spent much of her career with Sainsbury’s and most notably headed up their worldwide supply chain activities in the fresh produce and meat sectors. In 2012, she took up the role of Head of Commercial, Convenience Sector.

In 2017 she decided to take early retirement and create a role for herself advising across the whole of the retail business sector, which she now does in UK and European farming and food supply companies helping develop strategies regarding the impact of climate change on food diversity and the complex problems of food supply in a world with a rapidly changing regulatory and competitive environment are manifest.

Louise Holland

Louise Holland is Deputy to Jamie Oliver. Starting her career as a chef, she later moved into publishing and television production. After a chance meeting with the then 26-year-old Jamie, she took on a role that over 19 years has covered every aspect of the food and media industries. Louise continues to support all of Jamie’s endeavours, helping to guide and manage him, his businesses and his initiatives. She sits on Jamie’s main board and helps to drive his foundation and campaigns around the world.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh is a multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and his concern for the environment. He has earned a huge following through his River Cottage TV series and books, as well as campaigns such as Hugh’s War on Waste, Britain’s Fat Fight and his latest, War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita.

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Dan Parker

Dan Parker has worked in marketing and advertising for 25 years. As Chief Executive and Executive Creative Director of marketing innovation agency Sponge, he pioneered online, mobile and location marketing for the world's largest food, restaurant, grocery, media, and technology brands, He is the project lead and Chief Marketing Officer of Veg Power, a not-for-profit organisation which inspires kids to eat more vegetables. Veg Power is best known for the Eat Them to Defeat Them campaign for kids which reached into the homes of 40m people in 2019.

Jo Ralling

Jo is Head of Communications at The Food Foundation, with over 20 years experience working across all areas of broadcast, digital and print media. Jo has held leadership positions in the Jamie Oliver Group, overseeing all television production, creating the global digital strategy and setting up the hugely successful Food and Drinks Tube. She launched the Sugar Smart campaign for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and played a pivotal role in delivering the UK and global advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of sugar to long term public health. Jo runs Rising Tide Films and the Brighton Production Hub to connect production talent and broadcasters across the city.

Claire Wright

After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member to take on the role of Communications Manager.