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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Nourish incorporated as a Community Interest Company in February 2012.

Liz Murray, Chair of Board

Liz Murray is head of campaigns and policy at the World Development Movement in Scotland, campaigning in partnership with activists in the global south on issues of economic justice and global poverty. WDM’s current campaigns focus on fossil fuel finance, regulating financial speculation on food, and promoting food sovereignty. Before WDM, Liz worked as a campaigner on environmental justice for Friends of the Earth Scotland, as a researcher for the Green MSPs at the Scottish Parliament and as a campaigner on GM crops and climate change for Greenpeace in the UK and in Australia. Liz is a keen gardener (and after five years on the waiting list, now an allotmenteer too) and back garden hen-keeper.

Pete Ritchie

Pete has a background in community development and social policy. As executive director, Pete is responsible with the board and staff team for focusing Nourish Scotland’s work where it can be most effective. He is currently leading Nourish’s work on the 2014-2020 Common Agricultural Policy. As well as working at Nourish, Pete runs Whitmuir Organics with his partner Heather Anderson.

Shelagh Young

Shelagh lives in Dunfermline and is currently working through a list of fifty things she wants to achieve in her 50s. Joining a board has been ticked off the list in the last few years along with learning to knit, writing a book, making marmalade and baking hot cross buns. She is currently vice-chair of The Phone Co-op, the UK’s only co-operative phone and broadband provider, as well as a director of Nourish Scotland. Following a career in journalism Shelagh headed for the not for profit sector in roles ranging from Director of Campaigns & Communications at Oxfam to leading work on sustainable living and behaviour change at the Sustainable Development Commission. She recently left a senior CSR role at Standard Life and is working on item No.49 on the list: How best to make a living in a world made wretched by an unacceptable wealth gap, the boom in zero hours contracts and the destruction of the Welfare State.

Sue Laughlin

Sue Laughlin has worked for the NHS for 30 years but has recently retired to undertake a PhD on equality in cities. Having worked on tackling health inequalities for the whole of her career she recognises the importance of the fair distribution of nutritious and sustainable food as one of the prerequisites of good health for all. She will be supporting the work on developing Glasgow as a sustainable food city.

Eva Schonfeld

Eva Schonveld has been involved in community work for many years. She was an enthusiastic founder member of the local Transition group in her home town, and helped set up community food growing spaces and a local market there. She also had the opportunity from 2009-11 to support communities around Scotland who wanted to use the Transition approach, and still loves to do so given the chance!
She’s passionate about the need for a resilient food system and has supported the development of Nourish from the beginning.

Pat Abel

Pat Abel has been chair of Transition Edinburgh South since its inception. She is on the board of Nourish Scotland and the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network and is currently on the steering group for Sustainable Edinburgh Food City. She had more that 25 years experience in strategic planning issues in health related topics. She published work throughout her working career. She is a past president of Edinburgh Businesswomen’s Club and is currently on the Slow Food Edinburgh Committee.

David Atkinson

David Atkinson has carried out research on food and food related topics since the late 1960’s He was a member of the most recent Scottish Government Food Champions group who produced the 2009 Food Policy. He maintains an active interest in organic production as the Current Chair of Falkland Rural Enterprises Ltd.

Clare Fennell

Motivated by inequalities on the global stage, Clare trained as a cell biologist and carried out research on Malaria for a number of years. A love of good food and of working at the roots of things turned this same motivation to focus her attention on food in Scotland, first by working as a baker of Real Bread, then as Business Manager, helping to set Nourish up as a staffed organisation. Clare left the Nourish office to develop an organic smallholding in Moray, and to support the development of future Nourish New Farmer Programmes.


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