People

Sabine Appleby
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.

Eve Blair
Eve Blair

Having spent over a decade supporting charities to better plan and evidence their work through training, strategic support, consultancy, and research, Eve is perfectly placed to join the team as the Impact and Strategy Manager.  Her role includes applying learning from evaluation to the way we work, fostering opportunities for new research, and supporting strategic planning across School Food Matters.

Georgie Branch
Georgie Branch

Georgie has a background in marketing and a masters degree in nutrition and public health. She joined School Food Matters as a volunteer to get hands-on experience improving food education for children, knowing the many benefits that come with eating a healthy diet. Georgie is our Healthy Zones Programme Manager.

Antonia Braun
Antonia Braun

Antonia has a passion for both food and nutrition, with a BSc in Food Science, an MSc in Nutrition and a Diploma in Plant-Based Culinary Skills. She has over 10 years experience working for a variety of charities with a focus on improving children’s health and wellbeing all over the world. Antonia is our Project Coordinator for Healthy Zones in Tower Hamlets.

Sharon Conrad
Sharon Conrad

After several years living in Italy, Sharon returned to the UK with a huge love of food and cooking. Her interest in healthy eating led to a degree in nutrition and whilst learning about the increase in diet-related illness, particularly in children, she decided to enter the world of food education. Sharon brings a wealth of experience in both teaching and cooking to her role as Food Teacher at School Food Matters.

Rachel Copus
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 is our Partnerships and Programmes Officer.

Emily Dawson
Emily Dawson

Emily joined School Food Matters in October 2023 as our Project and Evaluation Assistant. With a BSc in Food Science & Nutrition, as well as an MSc in Nutrition for Global Health, Emily brings a wealth of expertise to our team. Through her background in food and nutrition education, she has effectively engaged students with various learning styles in both the UK and Vietnam. Emily is deeply committed to the belief that food and nutrition can empower individuals from all backgrounds.

Ayanna Deane
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.

Savannah Dysard
Savannah Dysard

Savannah worked as a comms/design consultant for UN organisations and served as comms lead and board member for a UK non-profit. Most recently, she pursued her passion for nutrition through a master’s in Nutrition for Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research focused on equitable food systems transformation for healthy, sustainable diets. In 2024, she joined SFM as a Policy and Comms Assistant.

Kathy d’Apice
Kathy d’Apice

Kathy joined School Food Matters in June 2022 and is our Project & Evaluation Officer. Prior to this, she completed a social innovation fellowship with Year Here, where she worked in a school and a social enterprise that focuses on bridging the climate literacy gap. She is driven by a motivation to tackle food inequality and maximise youth engagement with social issues.

Mariana Esparis Rodriguez
Mariana Esparis Rodriguez

Mariana has a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her passion for public health started after taking a social internship in Kenya developing a health and nutrition project for schools in the Kibera Slums. Since then, Mariana has worked around South America in different charities and government organisations to promote health, nutrition, and wellbeing for disadvantages communities. Mariana joins School Food Matters as a Healthy Zones Project Officer.

Jane Fitch
Jane Fitch

Jane is our Finance/Administration Officer & Volunteer Coordinator. She joined us in 2019 then took six months out to work in a secondary school. She returned to School Food Matters in November 2022. Jane 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.

Dela Foster
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.

Awil Mohamoud
Awil Mohamoud

Awil joined School Food Matters in July 2021 and is our Senior Press and Communications Officer. Previously he worked as a health reporter for a trade publication, mainly covering the Covid pandemic. He has experience working with young people in a secondary school, and within the charity sector as a content writer. He loves writing and sharing impactful stories with the world.

Sarah Mountcastle
Sarah Mountcastle

Sarah joined School Food Matters in April 2015 as Finance and HR Manager. 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 taking a career break to spend time with her children, Sarah was a Financial Analyst for Vodafone Head Office.

Nitu Pasricha Project Officer at School Food Matters
Nitu Pasricha

After working for several years in a variety of roles within the NHS and local authorities, Nitu pursued her passion for children’s nutrition by completing a MSc Global Public Health Nutrition. She is committed to empowering both children and parents to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Nitu joins School Food Matters as a Project Officer on our Healthy Zones programme.

Stephanie Slater
Stephanie Slater

Stephanie is Founder and Chief Executive. After 20 years working in film production, she set up the charity in response to the poor food served at her children’s school. In 2012 she was invited to join the School Food Plan's expert panel, tasked by DFE to create an action plan to help head teachers improve school food. Stephanie is now Co-Chair of the School Food Plan Alliance and a founder of the School Food Review.

Sean Turner
Sean Turner

Sean joined School Food Matters in February 2021 and is our Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer. He has a Masters in Mathematical Physics and went on to study Social Science in China. He was twice elected as President of Liverpool Guild of Students and brings skills in policy and campaigning. Sean enjoys bouldering and music, and is passionate about tackling inequalities.