Our Staff

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.

What does your job involve?

Overall leadership responsibility for the organisation. Key responsibility for governance, the strategic and operational aspects of organisation including strategic planning, business development, ?nancial management, people and change, fundraising and fun!

What is your favourite part about your job?

Working towards achieving sustainable social change - education is the answer! We work right across the supply chain from donors large and small, preventing food waste and using reused food as a medium to educate all on how to eat well for less and cook using fresh, nutritious ingredients. 

Sum up your typical day in 3 words?

  1. Energised
  2. Eclectic
  3. Enegmatic

What’s the best thing about working for ukharvest?

The people - our people and the people we work with . Knowing that we make a difference to the lives of everyone we come into contact with.

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Liz Woodsell, COO, UKHarvest

What does your job involve?

Helping the team at UKHarvest achieve our mission of Nourishing the Nation and to live by our values of collaborating, being open and curious whilst staying focused, with each other and our partners.

What is your favourite part about your job?

Talking to so many different people

Sum up your typical day in 3 words?

Never the same

What’s the best thing about working for ukharvest?

Knowing that because of the work the team do, we are reducing food insecurity and personally I like that we laugh a lot whilst we work!

A fun fact about yourself?!

For me, It Only Takes A Minute to Never Forget a Take That song and I’m an optimistic knitter!

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Ffion Hayward, Community Education and Outreach Coordinator, UKHarvest

What does your job involve?

My job is to lead on the development and delivery of UKHarvest’s community projects in Hammersmith and Fulham. I work with the local community to improve social cohesion, engage communities in local decision making and facilitate change around nutrition and the environment.

I also support the development and delivery of the NourishEd learning programmes which support children, adults and families to cook healthy balanced meals and increase their confidence to do so at home.

What is your favourite part about your job?

The opportunity to work with passionate, enthusiastic people whilst supporting individuals and communities to thrive.  I also love seeing huge amounts of quality rescued food go to support those in need.

Sum up your typical day in 3 words?

Every day's different!

What’s the best thing about working for ukharvest?

Being part of a team that is so hard working and full of energy!

A fun fact about yourself?!

I have an unhealthy obsession with pasta!

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Roger Parkes, Catering Manager, UKHarvest

What does your job involve?

Anything to do with the cooking and presentation of food. Nourish Café, Nourished programme and also Including the making of educational cookery films, The Hairy Harvesters.

What is your favourite part about your job?

Designing and creating nutritious dishes using rescued foods, for people in need.

Sum up your typical day in 3 words?

Rescue, create, deliver.

What’s the best thing about working for ukharvest?

The combined good will amongst the staff to delivery fresh foods to those in need.

A fun fact about yourself?!

Love painting, sculpture and mountain biking! Recently went to Florence, delighted to see some of the most incredible art in the world. The pizzas were amazing as well.!

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Simon Thresher, Logistics Manager, UKHarvest

What does your job involve?

Anything and everything to do with the physical collection, storage and re-distribution of surplus food. I am also part of our UKHarvest Hairy Harvesters cooking team.

 

What is your favourite part about your job?

The feel-good factor, knowing that every piece of surplus food is helping those in need and without the work of my team this wouldn’t be possible.

 

Describe your typical day in three words.

Daily Solution Seeking

 

What’s the best thing about working for UKH?

It’s everchanging and sometimes challenging work that as a team we strive and succeed together.

 

Fun Fact?

I am a qualified aerobics instructor.

Andrew Meredith, Communications and Partnerships, UKHarvest

What does your job involve?

Ensuring the local community and nation know about UKHarvest, so they can access the help we provide or support us if they can. This could be through a variety of media from designing graphics for social media, strategizing a digital marketing campaign to providing support to our partners. 

What is your favourite part about your job?

The variety of the role allows me to explore multiple media platforms, from strategizing to content creation, requiring a lot of creativity to meet targets. I am able to see a process through from initial idea to realisation, continuously learning and optimising throughout.

Sum up your typical day in 3 words?

Creative. Rewarding. Busy

What’s the best thing about working for ukharvest?

The mission behind the charity! I fully support both the food rescue operation and education that UKHarvest provides, and so genuinely believe in the messages I’m writing. Outside of work I am keen on minimising waste and living a healthy lifestyle, so it’s great I can encourage both of these through my job.

A fun fact about yourself?!

As a keen runner I’ve participated in several marathons, including London, Athens and Amsterdam. I enjoy the challenge and look forward to my next race! Alongside the training I understand how important a healthy lifestyle is, and the benefits this brings. In the lead up to an event I’ll really focus on my diet, and can visibly notice an increase in my energy levels and a quicker recovery time between runs

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Colin Moffat, Driver and Logistics, UKHarvest

What does your job involve?

I drive to a variety of locations and collect from our food donors, then sort though and prepare it for delivery. I'm also a relief driver when needed.

What is your favourite part about your job?

I should say 'rescuing food' or 'knowing I'm making a difference' but if I'm honest, I love the driving.

Sum up your typical day in 3 words?

Move that there

What’s the best thing about working for ukharvest?

The people, whether it's ukharvest staff, our donors or the charities. The people are all working hard to make a difference and seeing that, above all, is the best thing about working for ukharvest.

A fun fact about yourself?!

Until recently, the 'greatest' thing I have ever won was a pair of yellow washing up gloves from a tombola (imagine the disappointment of a 13 year old boy winning that).

I'm proud to say, this year I won a SCM Basic Bank 'Above and Beyond' volunteer award at the first SCM Volunteer celebration.

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Hugo Williams, Volunteer Coordinator, UKHarvest

What does your job involve?

We have some amazing people volunteering for us, who I have the privilege to manage alongside the day-to-day running of our food redistribution network. I also have to be ready to jump into any tasks if needs be.

What is your favourite part about your job?

Knowing that what we’re doing really makes a big difference to vulnerable people and groups. Not only that, but there’s this whole ripple effect that we make throughout the charities we support. It’s then even more rewarding knowing the total amount of benefit we’re bringing is actually far bigger than our own individual contribution to the charity sector.

Sum up your typical day in 3 words?

  1. Box
  2. Of 
  3. Chocolates 

What’s the best thing about working for ukharvest?

Through UKHarvest, the difference that an individual is able to make to real people who are struggling cannot be underestimated. In lots of circumstances,

For example, lots of times when I’ve had volunteers helping us out in the stockroom, I’ve been able to give them an estimate of how many meals they’ve helped provide. The number usually ranges in the hundreds and there’s a fantastic moment when they look back at what they’ve done and realise the huge impact they’ve made in just a short amount of time.

A fun fact about yourself?!

Here’s my favourite joke:

A couple is walking in St. Petersburg Square on Christmas Eve when they feel slight precipitation.

“I think it’s raining,” says the man.

“No, it’s snowing,” replies the woman.

“How about we ask this Communist Officer here?” suggests the man. “Officer Rudolph, is it raining or snowing?”

“It’s definitely raining!” States the officer before carrying on with his patrol.

The man turns to his wife and says “See, Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear.”

 

Yes, I know it’s terrible, but I love it! 

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Zoe Dukoff-Gordon, Driver, UKHarvest

What does your job involve?

Collecting food from supermarkets, farms, and local businesses. Weighing the food and storing it in our freezers and dry store. And then delivering crates of food to homeless shelters, food banks, halfway houses, schools, refuges, and many other organisations that support vulnerable people.

What is your favourite part about your job?

It’s really great to know that when you are delivering the food you are feeding people that otherwise would have gone hungry. It’s really sad that so many people cannot afford something as basic as food, and live in very vulnerable positions. Seeing just how many people food hunger affects has really shocked me. But it is great to be a part of a charity such as UKHarvest who are tackling this issue.

I also love knowing that I am saving food that would have otherwise gone to landfill, which is heart breaking to see when so many people go hungry; as well as food waste having a disastrous effect on our planet and the climate crisis.

Sum up your typical day in 3 words?

Heartening, eye-opening, humbling

What’s the best thing about working for ukharvest?

Finishing the day and knowing that you’ve made a difference. The rich / poor divide in our country is sadly increasing and our system is so broken; serving the rich and with so many loopholes that the less fortunate inevitably fall into - it becomes really demoralising. Charities like UKHarvest, however, helps to rebalance this, and I love that I am a small part of a very big demand for change!

A fun fact about yourself?!

I also work freelance in television drama and film and as a freelance writer, I have worked on Strictly Come Dancing and Britain’s Got Talent!

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