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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Stacey Cullen, Director of Operations & Programmes, UKHarvest

What does your job involve?

There’s no typical day!

I work with a fabulous team of people who ensure that our food rescue runs as smoothly as possible, collecting & delivering quality surplus food free of charge to over 110 charities & organisations that we support each week.  Food rescue is never dull - you never know what you’re going to get from one day to another. It keeps you on your toes!

I also create, develop & update the UKHarvest NourishEd Learning programmes (NourishEd Express, NourishEd Complete, NourishEd Unique & NourishEd Community Pop Ups); leading the team to deliver these to a wonderfully wide range of adults, children & families who need support to learn how to cook with fresh, healthy ingredients to improve their overall health & happiness.

What is your favourite part about your job?

The fact that every day is different and everything we do – from food rescue to education – helps food insecure families, adults and children improve their lives.

Sum up your typical day in 3 words?

  1. Exciting
  2. Challenging
  3. stimulating

What’s the best thing about working for ukharvest?

The team of big hearted and dedicated people I work alongside

A fun fact about yourself?!

I have a beach hut! It’s my happy place and a carefree space to spend time with my family & friends, paddle in the sea and eat ice cream.

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James Hutton, Logistics Analyst, UKHarvest

What does your job involve?

Now my amazing placement year at UKHarvest is over, I now work part time to assist the team with all thing’s logistics and operations.

My roles have extended from statistical analysis to cooking! But my main role within the charity is to maintain accurate records of our food rescue, storage and delivery, which is only possible through our dedicated drivers.

I also liaise with our lovely donors and recipients, UKHarvest delivers tens of thousands of meals to vulnerable people every week, so it’s crucial to ensure everyone’s happy! Within this I must ensure food hygiene and safety are kept to our strict guidelines.

What is your favourite part about your job?

Having the opportunity to work with and meet such kind people sharing the common goal of eliminating food waste whilst nourishing our nation. Working for a charity enables you to meet such a variety of warm hearted, caring people.

Sum up your typical day in 3 words?

  1. Inspiring
  2. Interesting
  3. Unpredictable

What’s the best thing about working for ukharvest?

Being part of such a great initiative, the idea of combatting the economic impacts of food waste whilst reducing the devasting affects of food poverty is my idea of a perfect model.

A fun fact about yourself?!

I am one of seven siblings!

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Ella Jarman, Events and Social Media Coordinator, UKHarvest

What does your job involve?

I look after all things events alongside Handling our ever busy calendar. And of course making sure they all run smoothly. I provide the event plans to the wonderful team here at ukharvest and you can catch me at most events we coordinate! I also have a hand in delivering our volunteering programme working alongside the volunteers to ensure they have a vibrant and rewarding volunteering experience with us.

I also Cover all things social media wise. From Instagram to twitter and Facebook and even kick starting our ukharvest YouTube channel. The hope is to coordinate filming a handful of videos showcasing the work we do and why its so important to us. I’m constantly in contact with local press trying to share the ukharvest love and shouting out about all the projects we are leading!

Being a charity we are all about fundraising! After working with our lovely ceo Yvonne on our gala dinner earlier this year (2019) I’m all about throwing ideas into fundraising events too. Fundraising is so essential to us as we don’t have any government funding and we deliver and collect free of charge; we rely on getting donations to keep up and running.

So whether its thinking of fun and quirky ideas for fundraising and events, working alongside the team on bid or creating a buzz on social media, I’m your girl.

What is your favourite part about your job?

I love it when an event comes together, seeing the immediate effect and the people we are helping is so wonderful and makes all the hard work worthwhile, really seeing that we are making a difference to peoples lives. I also love finding new and creative ways we can use social media and making the posts as fun as possible!

Sum up your typical day in 3 words?

  1. Smiles 
  2. Creative
  3. Worth-while

What’s the best thing about working for ukharvest?

Being apart of a gorgeous team of people who work so hard and are so supportive. But also capturing the pure joy in peoples faces in photographs completely warms my heart. Knowing that we are helping vulnerable people, we are feeding people in need and we are adding education to peoples lives. It's honestly such a beautiful thing to be a part of.

A fun fact about yourself?!

My background is theatre, my passion is acting, directing and creating!

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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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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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