Max is a corporate partner with law firm gunnercooke, helping SMEs and start-ups (as well as larger companies) scale their businesses, and also provides strategic consulting advice to businesses and business owners. Max is married with three daughters and lives in London.
Jared has been Headteacher in inner city Battersea for many years. Currently he is Executive Headteacher in two schools; Sacred Heart RC Primary School and St Mary's Catholic Primary School. All his schools have been in areas of deprivation with large percentages of children who have English as a second language. Jared has two children and in his spare time he enjoys sport and reading.
An experienced strategic communications expert, Alayna Francis, MBA, has held senior roles at privately held and publicly traded companies including Marsh McLennan, PwC, and Swiss Re. She also provides ongoing counsel for JerseyForAll, an organisation that connects philanthropists with female and mixed ability sports teams in need of financial support. A native New Yorker, Alayna now lives in Surrey with her husband and two children.
Ossie is a co-director of Aquify, suppliers of water filtration systems to restaurants, corporates and homes. He was previously General Manager and Wine Buyer at The River Cafe where, with his mother Rose Gray, he set up Cooks in Schools, a charity advocating the raising of standards for school meals. Ossie has three children and lives in west London.
After eight years as Head of Marketing and Social Media at Great British Chefs, Mex Ibrahim co-founded Women in the Food Industry, a CIC providing resources and community support for women in all sectors of the food industry. Mex is a freelance consultant in social media, marketing and digital content creation. She sits on the Advisory Board of New Food Magazine, is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and an Associate of the RSPH.
Rebecca is Professor of Food, Families and Society at the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care (CRIPACC), University of Hertfordshire. A social anthropologist by training, she has a particular interest in food inequalities and in informing policies and practices that improve the diets and lives of children, families and communities who are marginalised. Rebecca lives in NE London and has four children, including one in primary school, and she is a parent governor.
Ben is Deputy Chief Executive at Sustain; the alliance for better food and farming. In 2015, he worked with Jamie Oliver’s team to set up of the Children’s Health Fund and get the government to adopt a sugary drinks tax. Ben came up with the idea for the Capital Growth project to create 2,012 food growing spaces in London by 2012.
Paul is an accountant who runs the London office of Nash Harvey LLP, a firm of Chartered Accountants who work in London and the south east. Paul has been assisting clients running and growing their businesses for almost 30 years. He is married with two children and has a keen interest in most food related matters.
Kat is a qualified Business Psychologist, Executive Coach and experienced People/HR leader. Following a successful exit from her last business, she is now supporting individuals and businesses to thrive through coaching, strategic HR advisory work and as co-founder of a wellness-focused business. Kat is an advocate for social mobility and supports various organisations related to this cause. She lives in London with her husband.