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Stephanie Wood

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.
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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.

Arianna Bastianini

Hailing from Venezuela, Arianna began her career as a marketer for a kitchen goods company in NY. There she realized her passion for cooking and how important healthy food is in community building and outreach. Arianna went on to receive a Culinary School diploma in the UK as well as a background in sales and partnership development. Arianna now works on corporate partnerships and projects. 
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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. She now joins as the Social Media and Project Officer to cover for Gaby, who is on maternity leave.  
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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.