Carina is thrilled to serve as the Executive Director of Feedback. After a stint in the business world working as a sustainability consultant for Environmental Resources Management, Carina realised our planetary ecological crisis would not be solved in the corporate boardrooms in which it was created. She has since worked with a number of system change campaigning and movement building organisations, including Changing Markets in the UK and the New Economy Coalition in the US. A committed permaculturalist, she founded The Orchard Project, a charity working with community groups in cities across the UK to plant and nurture community orchards in public urban spaces. Carina has also conducted research into systemic change for sustainability as a Visiting Research Fellow of the Global Development and Environment Institute of Tufts University and as a Research Fellow of the Schumacher Institute. Her book, Frugal Value: Designing Business for a Crowded Planet (Routledge, 2017), provides a blueprint for organisations in an ecologically viable system of production and consumption.
Carolyn Purves, Director of Finance
Carolyn joined Feedback as Director of Finance in August 2016. She has a BSc in Business Economics and Accounting. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, before moving into the international banking sector with Den norske Bank Plc and the HSBC group. After the birth of her children she moved into the UK charity sector undertaking a variety of roles including two years as a Director of Jackson’s Lane multi-arts venue in Highgate and eight years as a Childline counsellor. As a true economist she dislikes inefficiency and waste and believes we should pass on a world to future generations that is as undamaged as possible. In her free time she loves being with her family and friends and walking her two beloved springer spaniels on Hampstead Heath.
Martin is the Policy Officer and Stakeholder Coordinator for the Pig Idea campaign. He was previously the UK Gleaning Coordinator for Feedback’s Gleaning Network between 2011-2017, and in 2016 he gave a TEDx talk on gleaning. He is also EU Campaigns Manager for This Is Rubbish on their EU food waste campaign, and previously worked on their Stop the Rot campaign. He founded a chapter of Food Not Bombs in South East London after finding a copy of Tristram Stuart’s ‘Waste’ about to be thrown away as damaged stock in a bookshop. He studied an MSc in Globalisation and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies, writing his dissertation on food waste in India. He enjoys dressing up in wonky vegetable costumes and inventing bad food puns.
Karen Luyckx, Campaign and Project Manager – The Pig Idea / EU Programs
Karen looks after the Pig Idea campaign. She also coordinates Feedback’s participation in the European Union funded REFRESH programme which aims to tackle food waste from farm to fork with 26 partners across 12 countries. Karen lived and worked for six years in Bolivia where she witnessed the destruction caused by industrial farming to supply soy to the global meat industry. With CAFOD, she has supported social movements in Latin America to speak out on climate change, human rights, and water pollution caused by large scale mining. Karen’s PhD in Geography and Development Studies with Leeds University looked at indigenous land rights in Bolivia. In her spare time she practices Buddhist meditation, attempts some veggie gardening, and loves swimming, knitting and sailing.
Steven Montgomery, Head of Fundraising
Steven is Head of Fundraising at Feedback. Previously he has worked in a senior role at Global Witness, Liberty, Friends of the Earth, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and other campaign organisations. As a former trustee of Borough Market and a local community campaigner, he is particularly interested in how changes to cities – especially gentrification – affects food provision for different communities. He is also completing a PhD in Philosophy (expected 2019) which challenges orthodox views on questions of state authority and principled disobedience. In his spare time he collects vintage tabletop games from the 1970s. And most importantly, as a new Dad, he is most hard-at-work perfecting his nappy-changing technique.
Christina joined Feedback in 2016. She takes care of social media, Feedback’s website and producing creative comms to keep our wonderful supporters in the Feedback loop. Christina has a BSc in Applied Psychology, after graduating she interned at the Food and Brand lab at Cornell University quickly realising she was more interested in food than psychology. Since this epiphany she has completed an MSc in Food Policy at the Centre for Food Policy, City University. She worked on the BBC Food website for two years creating online content and generally eating lots of cake. In her spare time she likes cooking, eating and occasionally writing poetry about food because she truly believes variety is the spice of life.
Jess came to Feedback with an eclectic history of campaigning on and communicating on various issues including child poverty, ethical banking, women’s rights, climate change and development, working for the Fawcett Society, Move Your Money UK, the Overseas Development Institute and the Child Poverty Action Group. Jess did her BA in History and English at the University of York and worked in India, Paris and Boston before returning to her native London. She’s in charge of getting Feedback’s message across the right people, at the right times, in the right ways. Working closely with Christina, she plans how Feedback can spread the word on the challenge food waste poses to our environmental sustainability and climate, and our hard-hitting campaigns to tackle it.
James joined Feedback in March 2015 as the London Gleaning Coordinator. He runs gleaning days up and down the country, and his community Disco Soups have taken place in locations as varied as museums, castles and skips. After originally studying music, it was working in the hospitality industry and community gardens in London that James became aware of the sheer scale of both social isolation and food waste. His favourite food waste moments include getting a tonne of gleaned sweetcorn to Calais to feed refugees there, hosting a sauerkraut workshop accompanied by surplus coffee espresso martinis, feeding demonstrators with gleaned produce from 3 countries at the Arc De Triomphe during the COP21 climate summit, and cohabiting with 200 kilos of onions in a converted van.
Claire provides integral support to the Operations Director and the whole staff body; assisting in all acronymous activities, ensuring the internal workings of Feedback are shipshape and that Feedback operates in the greenest way possible as an organisation. Claire has a background in the arts, as both an artist and working in arts administration and fundraising but left the sector to respond to the environmental imperative. In her spare times, Claire is learning BSL and enjoys walking, documenting durational live art and making homemade cards and cakes for Feedback staff birthdays.
As Gleaning Manager, Dan is responsible for the consolidation, expansion and operational well-being of the Gleaning Network in the UK and EU. After many years working in the private sector, Dan decided to bring his knowledge of operations and partnerships to the charitable sector. He now plans to save the world, one apple at a time. Dan also volunteers for, works with, and helps to steer Made In Hackney, an environmentally-minded charity that teaches vital food and cooking skills. Having left behind the beautiful Lake District to see if the streets of London really were paved with gold, Dan jumps at any excuse to go gleaning in the countryside.
Krysia Woroniecka, Finance Coordinator
Krysia looks after Feedback’s bookkeeping and reports on Feedback’s project grants. She joined Feedback’s Finance team in 2016 after leaving the commercial waste and energy sectors. Krysia has a BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics and prior to this she studied Fine Art Printmaking. In her free time she likes walking up hills and painting anatomy-inspired pictures.
Niki co-founded Feedback, after teaming up with Tristram to create the first Feeding the 5000 event in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2009, and subsequently founding and leading the organisation as Executive Director from 2009 to 2016. During this time Feedback grew from just a few members of staff to nearly 20, moving offices to accommodate our expanding ambitions and created the Gleaning Network, The Pig Idea campaign, as well as holding over 40 Feeding the 5000 events around the world, including a major expansion to the US. Niki is the winner of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation Environmental Justice Campaigner of the Year 2015. Niki has an extensive and varied background in the research and policy world having worked at Green Alliance, Forum for the Future and the Climate Group. Since leaving her role as Executive Director in 2016, she continues to support Feedback in an advisory and ambassadorial capacity.
Tristram co-founded Feedback after his international prize-winning book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (Penguin, 2009), revealed that Western countries waste up to half of their food, and that tackling this problem is one of the simplest ways of reducing pressure on the environment and on global food supplies. Tristram set up Feeding the 5000, the flagship event of a global food waste campaign where 5000 members of the public are given a free lunch using only ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted. Held twice in Trafalgar Square (2009 and 2011) and over 40 times in cities and towns around the world, Tristram continues to work with a range of NGOs, governments, and private enterprises internationally to tackle the global food waste scandal. He is also the Observer Food Monthly Award Winner 2011 and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards Literary Food Writing Prize winner 2010. Tristram is the winner of the international environmental award, The Sophie Prize 2011, for his fight against food waste. For more information on Tristram, go to his website.
Kath is Coordinator at Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming and a passionate campaigner for sustainable food policy, particularly for sustainable fish, fair trade, local & sustainably grown food, reducing food waste and urban food strategies. She sits on other boards including Food Matters, London Food Board, Sustainable Food Cities and Growing Communities, and contributes to several food standards committees.
Romina is a lawyer and President of the Centre for Human Rights and Environment in Argentina – an organisation that supports indigenous tribes and the environment using human rights law. She was Secretary for the Environment and Sustainable Development in Argentina for 2 years under two consecutive presidencies and her environmental campaigning has been recognised with numerous awards, including the Sophie Prize 2006 and the Climate Protection Award 2008.
Theresa started life as an accountant, specialising in enterprise and deregulation, and was Deputy Chair of the Government’s Better Regulation Commission (BRC) having worked for twenty years in the deregulation and better regulation arena. Teresa was awarded a CBE in the 2007 New Years Honours list for public service and an OBE in the 1997 New Years Honours List for services to Better Regulation and the small firms sector. Teresa’s other passions include her work with The Sustainability Institute which works within the Lynedoch Eco Village in South Africa. She is also the volunteer part-time MD of the Lexi cinema in Kensal Rise, London.
Stewart is a strategy consultant for charitable organisations, having spent his career in both farming and in senior roles in fundraising and communications in development & environmental NGOs. He was previously Trustee of the Soil Association and is currently a Trustee of Friends of the Earth and Chair of Think Global. Before becoming a consultant Stewart was Director of Waste Watch.
Wadzi is the founder of Taumba Advisory, a strategy and implementation consulting company for the management teams, boards and investors of growth stage start ups and not for profits in emerging markets. Much of her recent work has focussed on helping organisations to align their operations and reporting with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Wadzi has worked across the public, private and not for profit sectors in four continents.
Ann is the Finance Director and Company Secretary for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Governor of a Primary School. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC, has held senior financial roles in Thomson Reuters and Plan International and led risk management, facilities and human resources functions. She introduced environmental impact reporting and an environmental strategy into Plan International, spanning 70 countries and 350 locations.
Kate is a Chartered Accountant and entrepreneur who comes from a large farming family. She has over 20 years experience in international financial roles and now focuses on startups. Having been based in Italy, France, USA, Australia, Singapore and the Caribbean she has a first hand appreciation of the varying cultural approaches to sustainability, food and the food system. Her MBA thesis was on sustainable tourism.
Ben is Director of Special Projects at Greenpeace. He has previously been Head of Media and Communications Director at the environmental organisation. He led the global communications campaign to free the Arctic 30 – activists who were jailed by President Putin after protesting at a Russian Arctic oil platform. He also led the Greenpeace communications team at the Paris climate conference.
Glen is Feedback’s Chair. Glen is a charity director and consultant with over 20 years’ experience in advocacy, campaigning, policy and communications for UK charities and international aid, development, humanitarian and environmental NGOs such as Care International, Action Against Hunger, VSO, and Bond, the UK national platform of NGOs. Glen has led many advocacy and campaigning initiatives by NGOs in the UK, EU and internationally, including being a co-founder of the Make Poverty History campaign, as well as being on many governing bodies of international alliances and confederations.
Laura is a freelance graphic designer based in Paris, and works primarily with campaigning organisations, including Oxfam and Friends of the Earth. Prior to retraining Laura was Climate and Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace for 7 years, including a year at Greenpeace Argentina.
A former leader in McKinsey’s sustainability and consumer practices, Marc founded Winnow to help the hospitality sector cut food waste using technology. Since launch two years ago Winnow has been deployed in over 200 kitchens and has saved its customers over £2m by reducing food waste. Before Winnow, Marc co-authored the Global Institute report “Resource Revolution: Meeting the World’s Energy, Materials, Food, and Water Needs.’ whilst working as a consultant at McKinsey.