Yvonne Thomson, CEO, UKHarvest
Yvonne Thomson is a highly experienced social, economic and physical regeneration specialist, qualified in community education and gaining a post graduate in Housing studies form Stirling University and Master of Philosophy in Urban Policy. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who are socially excluded and have no voice, opportunity or choice in life. She has worked in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
Yvonne believes that only through joint working and alliance that we will solve food poverty in the U.K. She sees an intrinsic link between homelessness and food poverty and seeks to provide a solution. Yvonne sees education as the answer to tackling food waste and UKHarvest will work with consumers and everyone right along the supply chain to tackle food waste. The harvest model of food rescue will help provide the solution as part of a four-pillar approach of rescue; education; engagement and innovation. Yvonne began founding UKHarvest in mid 2016.
Liz Woodsell, COO
A highly experienced senior leader, Liz has worked in a variety of hospitality settings throughout her expansive career. Liz’s strong commercial management and business skills have developed UKHarvest into the robust, effective and efficient organisation it is today. Liz believes that good communication and collaboration will provide a fairer world for everyone and that education is the key to reducing food waste and better nutrition for all. Liz joined UKHarvest in 2019 and has made a strong contribution to the organisation’s success.
Simon Thresher, Donnington Hub Manager
Simon has over 15 years operational management experience within the catering and hospitality industry, working with multinational corporations. His knowledge of catering from the inside, and wealth of operational experience, has allowed Simon to develop and enhance the impact of UKHarvest. Dedicated to delivery Simon has extended the boundaries of the logistical reach to encompass 7 counties along the south coast helping to support up to 175 different organisations every week.
Sarah Morison, Partnerships
A freelance product designer with a strong background in retail and wide ranging commercial experience. Sarah brings a natural energy to UKHarvest and is convinced that working with Brands & Businesses can be a really powerful way to promote change and widen the issues of food waste and food education. With three hungry teenage boys she believes that no food should be wasted and that education and access to nutritious food is the foundation of family health and happiness.
Dave Osborne, Logistics Manager
Previously managing a foodbank Dave understands the needs of our recipients, and uses this experience and empathy to build and develop our relationships with them. He has already made a hugely positive impact, finding new food donors, to help fulfil the demand of UKHarvest.
Gill Sullivan, Finance
Gill has over 30 years of commercial experience working within Management Accounting, and is customer-focused and compliance-driven. She joined UKHarvest at the end of 2020 and is excited to apply her knowledge to an environmental charity, working as part of a team to reduce food waste. Gill enjoys the outdoors, walking, running, skiing, paddle boarding and growing her own veg.
Donna Martin, Community Engagement Manager
An experienced educator, Donna has worked in a variety of settings throughout her expansive career. Donna believes that collaboration with partners can enable more people to access education, which is the key to reducing food waste and better nutrition for all. Donna joined UKHarvest in 2021 and has already made a positive difference in our education reach.
Jo Williams, Nutritionist
Jo is a registered nutritionist with a specialism in Public Health. Jo has over 10 years’ experience working in a variety of sectors including the NHS, digital healthcare, local authorities, and charities. Having recently returned from maternity leave, Jo is passionate about educating adults and families how to cook nutritious, easy meals with minimal fuss and minimal waste!
Simon Harvey, Community Engagement Co-Ordinator
Starting as a driver in 2020, Simon, a natural relationship builder has spent a multinational career developing innovative solutions while establishing and nurturing communication between individuals, teams, and communities. With todays’ world-wide critical challenges of trying to solve food waste and hunger, UK Harvest offers an excellent opportunity for Simon to use his skills, innovation and passion for nutritional health and addressing food waste for the betterment of our communities and beyond.
Andrew Meredith, Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator
Experienced in marketing for non-profits, Andrew has used his career to develop communities through culture, wellbeing, and the arts. Joining the team in the summer of 2020, Andrew has increased UKHarvest’s impact by reaching new communities and developing existing relations with innovative opportunities.
Natalie Weller, Volunteer Co-Ordinator
Natalie has recently joined as our Volunteer Co-Ordinator. With twenty years' experience in retail management and marketing, she brings a wealth of knowledge in motivating and inspiring people. Natalie believes that volunteers are the backbone of the organisation and is looking forward to supporting our community events, training kitchen, and warehouse locally as well as supporting the Nourish Hub in London.
Natasha McKean, Digital Assistant
After finishing a two-year creative college course in 2021, Natasha is a fresh young face at UKHarvest. With new ideas, Natasha applies her knowledge to help out with website management and designing graphics for leaflets, case studies, and more. In her own time Natasha enjoys sketching and painting as well as going on walks and playing video games.
Our logistics staff are integral to our operation and include those who work in the warehouse and drive our vans, ensuring the UK's surplus food is delivered to those who need it most.
From UKHarvest staff to our donors and charities, it's great to see so many people working so hard to make a difference
The Nourish Hub Team
David Pippin, Nourish Hub Manager
Straight from school Pip attended university to study software which eventually led him to designing digital TV platforms. He worked his way across BBC, ITV, BT and Channel 4 before realising he wanted to get into cooking. He found being a chef was more fulfilling and ultimately more rewarding and he worked his way up to hold senior positions across London for some of the respected names in the industry. In 2020 he joined the Nourish Hub team to tackle food poverty, feed illiteracy, social isolation and the food supply chain.
Ffion Hayward, Community Education and Outreach Coordinator
Ffion is a Registered Associate Nutritionist and has worked in Public Health across the private, public and charitable sector. She has a proven track record of implementing and evaluating community-based projects and is delighted to be a part of the new and exciting Nourish Hub in Shepherds Bush, London. As a passionate foodie, Ffion believes food is not only fuel, but a way to connect people, form friendships and create happy memories. Ffion looks forward to using rescued food to host educational cookery workshops, to improve people's knowledge and skills around creating simple but delicious, low-cost, nutritious meals!