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Stephanie Slater

Stephanie is Founder and CEO. After 20 years working in film production she took a break to enjoy time with her two children. In 2007 she set up School Food Matters and in 2012 was invited to join the School Food Plan's expert panel, tasked by the DFE to create an action plan to help head teachers improve school food. Stephanie is a trustee of Sustain and Alexandra Rose, and a governor at Grey Court School.
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Dela Foster

Dela started her career as a strategy consultant, but her passion for food led her into the restaurant world. She opened and ran Bermondsey Kitchen in London Bridge for many years. Her long-standing desire to make good, sustainable healthy food available to all brought her to School Food Matters in June 2014. She is now our Development Manager.
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Sarah Mountcastle

Sarah joined School Food Matters in April 2015 as Finance Manager. She has recently returned to work after enjoying time with her two children. Sarah was Co-Chair of the PTA at East Sheen Primary School and an active parent helper in the classroom, with a particular interest supporting lessons in the school's teaching kitchen. Before children, Sarah was a Financial Analyst for Vodafone Head Office.

Gaby Woolf

Gaby joined School Food Matters in December 2014 as a volunteer and is now our Social Media and Project Assistant. Having grown up in Australia, spoiled with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, her passion for good food and health education led her to receiving a master's degree in public health. Before making the move to the UK she worked on the Cancer Council's Eat It To Beat It program.
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Rachel Copus

Rachel spent more than ten years as an editor for BBC Books where she worked primarily on cookery and gardening titles. After a career break to spend time with her two children, she worked in an Early Years setting, where she particularly enjoyed being involved with their first forays into preparing and sharing good quality food. Rachel joins School Food Matters as our School Engagement Officer.
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Georgie Branch

Georgie has a background in marketing and is currently studying for a master’s degree in nutrition and public health. She joined as a volunteer at School Food Matters to get hands-on experience with improving the food education of children, knowing the many benefits that come with eating a healthy diet. Georgie is now the Programme Manager for the GSTC Healthy Zones programme.  
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Jackson Reynolds-Ryan

Jack joined School Food Matters in September 2019 as Policy Officer, having recently relocated from Australia. With a background in workplace and community organising within the Australian trade union movement, and a masters in public policy from University of Melbourne, Jack brings to SFM experience in policy development and modern campaigning methods.

Jane Fitch

Jane joined School Food Matters in February 2020 as a Finance and Administration Assistant.  She has a background in marketing and finance and, while taking a career break to bring up her three children, was Chair of the Parents and Staff Association at Christ’s Secondary School and a volunteer with Age UK.
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Ginny Kopacz

Ginny started her career in economic forecasting but eventually her love of food took her to Whole Foods Market which is where she spent most of her career. She came to the UK for love and continued on at Whole Foods which is where she learned about School Food Matters through its Schools to Market partnership. Ginny joins School Food Matters as Corporate Partnerships/Project Officer  

Sabine Appleby

Sabine started her career as a public health nutritionist after studying for masters in International Public Health Nutrition at University of Westminster. Her passion for nutrition education led her to a variety of roles, delivering nutrition sessions in schools with the aim of tackling childhood obesity. She joins School Food Matters as a Project Officer working on the Healthy Zones programme.

Amanda Shiach

Amanda has significant school experience as a lead governor combined with a varied and positive teaching career, specialising in food and nutrition. Her recently completed masters degree in Food Policy culminated in a dissertation on food literacy. She brings together her knowledge of cooking, schools, nutrition and policy to her role as Project Officer on the Healthy Zones programme.

Ayanna Deane

Ayanna has a strong background in nutrition with a masters in Global Public Health Nutrition. She has over 15 years’ experience working in the NHS in a variety of roles. Her early childhood was spent in Guyana (South America) where she benefited from a national school feeding programme. With a passion for better childhood nutrition she joins as a Project Officer on the Healthy Zones programme.

Hope Rapp

After a Social Anthropology BSocSc, Hope completed a teaching-assistantship in India before working for a mental health charity. Both food lover and eco-warrior, she moved to surplus food redisributor, FareShare. Bringing experience of building community relationships and project coordination, Hope joins School Food Matters as a Project Officer working on the Healthy Zones programme.