Our Family

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.

Simon Thresher, Operations and Compliance 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.

Gill Sullivan, Business Support Manager

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.

Natalie Weller, 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.

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. 

Donna Martin, Education Business Development 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.

Simon Harvey, Community Events 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.

Natasha McKean, Office Administrator and Marketing 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 the team with website management, content creation, adiministration, and more. In her own time Natasha enjoys sketching and painting as well as going on walks and playing video games.

Logistics

Our logistics staff are integral to our operation. This group of hard-working indivduals work in our warehouse and on the roads, driving our vans to ensure the UK's surplus food is delivered to those who need it most.

The Nourish Hub

Opened in Autumn 2021 and located in London, the Nourish Hub is a space for the whole community to come together, eat well, and learn essential skills for life. Lunch is served daily by a team of decidated chefs and served to those who dine-in and to their meals-on-wheels audience. The entire hub is run by devoted staff members and volunteers. 

 

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