The UKHarvest board

Ricky McMenemy, Managing Director, Rules Restaurant- Chair

With more than forty years of experience in hospitality in Scotland and England, Ricky has been at the helm of Rules Restaurant, London’s oldest restaurant for 28 years.  Welcoming royalty, stars of stage and screen, captains of industry, and regulars, many of whom have become personal friends over the years.

Ricky is passionate about and heavily involved with further education, sitting as a College Governor for many years, and is currently Chair of an independent national think tank, FETL (Further Education Trust for Leadership).


James Cornell, UK CFO, Goodman- Treasurer 

James has 20 years of experience in operational and strategic financial management and he is a qualified Treasurer and Accountant. He has spent the last 12 years working at Goodman; a leading owner, developer and manager of Industrial Property and a long-term supporter of OzHarvest. Prior to joining Goodman James had various Treasury and Finance roles in leading distribution and food manufacture businesses.

James is Treasurer of UKHarvest. 

Claire Poole, Principal, ClearBright- Secretary

Claire heads up a sustainability communications and events agency specialising in climate change and sustainable development.  She has spent the last 10 years in London and New York developing and executing communications campaigns and event programmes to engage audiences and amplify impact. 

She regularly speaks at and chairs events in sustainability, has been quoted in various press outlets and is a United Nations Environment Programme Expert (UNEP) on the role of business and public-private partnerships to accelerate international sustainable development. Claire started collaborating with OzHarvest in 2014, where delegates at a large scale UNEP event were served an entirely rescued menu.


 Claire Poole

Andrew Eborn, CEO, Octopus TV

Andrew Eborn is a lawyer, strategic business adviser and producer. He has specialised in international licensing and global rights’ management for several years and has been actively involved with the development of businesses and brands and the negotiation, acquisition and international exploitation of various major licences enabling companies to maximise the return on their rights as well as assisting with the strategic development of their domestic and international businesses.

Andrew Eborn is now working with several businesses across the IP value chain including the creation and licensing of content in all media from production, post production & Visual FX facilities, recording, publishing, distribution, supply of talent, technology, event & artist management, promotion and immersive technology.

Businesses include:
Octopus TV (Production, Technology / VOD / live streaming & digital content management and delivery)
Boxatricks (a format creation company with the creators of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and The Weakest Link)
Tricks & Tracks (music publishing)
GrooveME (providing 3D sound and holographic immersive experiences)

Andrew Eborn is an experienced presenter, speaker and writer
UKTI Rob Walker “Andrew Eborn is an inspirational ambassador for the technology, media and sport sectors and a powerful advocate for British business"

 @AndrewEborn and @OctopusTV 

Gillian Thomson, Commercial Director, Act Clean 

Gillian is a highly experienced operator, whose experience covers all aspects of hospitality, from guest care to satisfaction to procurement. Her experience includes working with some of the highest-profile and highly regarded hotel groups, operators, and owners. Gillian joined the ACT Clean family in 2010 bringing the same professionalism and honesty that she brings to UKHarvest. Gillian’s passion for hospitality inspires loyalty and commitment.

Susannah Day

After completing the Unilever Graduate Training Programme in marketing, Susannah has spent over 20 years as a strategic planning director working in advertising agencies and brand consultancies across Asia and Europe. She has worked on developing global brand strategies for brands as diverse as American Express and Amnesty International. Susannah is a fellow of the school of social entrepreneurs. Passionate about food and appalled at food waste she is setting up the WNWNFoundation to help deliciousness and value from beautiful food that would otherwise be wasted. She cofounder of The Social Drinking Company and also volunteers on a new social project moving people out of crisis and back into work and society at the Vineyard Community in Richmond. Susannah joined the board of trustees at UKHarvest in 2019, having worked with CEO to develop brand strategy and ensure that UKHarvest continues to be differentiated useful and relevant in the changing charity sector and society in general.

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