The Management Group of the UK Food Group currently consists of:
- Richie Alford, Send a Cow (co-chair and treasurer) Richie grew up and worked on a family owned dairy farm in Devon, before spending many years working overseas in livestock projects in S E Asia, Latin America and Africa. Richie has worked at Send a Cow since 2004, starting off as Programme Coordinator before taking on responsibility for monitoring the impact of our work. Since 2016 Richie has been the Director of Research and Impact, leading on programme quality, impact reporting and policy issues. Richie has been a member of the UK Food Group Management Committee for 5 years
- Sam Ewell, Agricultural Christian Fellowship Sam is trained in worm farming, permaculture, and theology. Originally from North Carolina, USA, Sam lived in Brazil for 7 years prior to moving to England. Sam works in Birmingham primarily in community regeneration and urban gardening. His work with Cooperative Futures focuses on food cooperatives promoting community enterprise with an emphasis on food enterprise. Through Companions he also mentors people who are released from the local penitentiary. Sam is ordained in The Fellowship of Churches of Christ (FCC).
- Gisele Henriques, CAFOD Gisele is the livelihoods adviser for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), supporting programmes in resilient livelihoods, including enterprise development, collective organising, local economic development, food security/sovereignty and climate change adaptation. A specialist with more than 15 years’ experience, Gisele has supported resilient local economic development and sustainable agriculture projects with local NGOs, social movements and communities in several countries. Previously she was the Food, Agriculture and Sustainable Trade policy officer for CIDSE. Gisele holds a master’s in public policy from the Goldman School, UC Berkeley, with a focus on international agricultural policy, as well as an MA in international studies with a focus on African smallholder farmers.
- Patrick Mulvany, a member of the Food Ethics Council and a director of Kamayoq, a consultancy company, was formerly the Chair of the UK Food Group and the senior policy adviser to Practical Action/ITDG. He is an agriculturalist who works on policies and practices in support of ecological and biodiverse food systems developed in the framework of food sovereignty. He is an active advocate on agricultural biodiversity issues with the food sovereignty movement, NGO networks and in the civil society lobbies at the UN, especially the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the Convention on Biological Diversity.
- Tom Wakeford, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience Dr Tom Wakeford works at the Centre for Agro-ecology Water and Resilience as Lead Practitioner for People’s Knowledge and Trans-disciplinary Working Group. He combines knowledge of the biosciences with 20 years’ practice and analysis of participatory and inclusive approaches to action research. He has led, evaluated or been a research collaborator in numerous participatory action research processes within the themes of food justice, democratisation and diversities of knowledge. Tom is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and an adviser to the European Commission on public dialogue.
- Andreea Petre-Goncalves, The Brooke With a long family history in subsistence farming, Andreea spent much of her childhood helping to care for livestock and learning about crop production on her grandparents’ smallholding in the plains of southern Romania. Andreea has 15 years of experience in engaging with policy processes at all levels, including in food, health and sustainability. Having spent several years working for the European Parliament in Brussels, she now leads the advocacy and public affairs function at Brooke, bringing the perspectives of subsistence livestock keepers into global policy debate.
The Management Committee is drawn from the membership and oversees the strategic direction of the network.