Stichting Feedback EU – Board members

Darren Hughes (Chair)

Darren Hughes is a strategic communications and policy consultant in the areas of food, nutrition, agriculture and health, with nearly 30 years of experience working in Government, academia and the charity sector. He currently works with the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, a high-level, independent group of leaders tasked with supporting governments in low- and middle-income countries to develop evidence-based policies to transform food systems so they are more environmentally sustainable and deliver healthier diets. Prior to this he had policy roles in the UK Department of Health, the Food Standards Agency, and served as Private Secretary to the Government Chief Scientific Adviser. He also served as the Head of Public Affairs at Rothamsted Research, the longest running agricultural research institute in the world. Darren holds a MSc in Human Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in human energy metabolism and appetite regulation.

Carina Millstone (Secretary)

Carina’s career began in the business world working as a sustainability consultant for Environmental Resources Management, before she realised our planetary ecological crisis would not be solved in the corporate boardrooms in which it was created. She has since worked with several 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 been a Visiting Research Fellow of the Global Development and Environment Institute of Tufts University and is 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.

James Barker (Treasurer)

James is a Chartered Accountant by training and Internal Auditor by profession. He has worked with financial services organisations for over 15 years to enhance their governance, risk and control environments. James trained and qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, before spending several years in Hong Kong, advising international companies on compliance with a range of regulatory frameworks. He currently leads an internal audit team within a global financial institution. James has previously served in a trustee capacity as the treasurer of an educational charity.

 Gine Zwart (based in NL)

Agriculture, food and production systems, hunger and poverty, exclusion and exploitation. For over 30 years Gine has been working in these areas to find links and lasting solutions. Both at a practical level: implementing and overseeing programmes in Africa for the FAO and extensive travel to other continents for Oxfam. In her close to 20 years for Oxfam Gine has been instrumental in setting the agenda for Oxfam on its rural livelihoods and sustainable agriculture programmes and campaigns on the ground as well as in relation to (multinational) companies. Gine currently work s for a small NGO in the Netherlands ARISA where she is works on the relationship business and human rights with a focus on Dutch/European companies and their supply chains from India. Gine holds an MSc (awarded with honours) of the Agriculture University and Research Centre of Wageningen, the Netherlands. She is a mother for two daughters and lives together with her husband in the Netherlands. When not there Gine can be found in, or on, the water: swimming or sailing.