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Max Beazley

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 Brading

Jared has been Headteacher in inner city Battersea for nearly seven 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 young children and in his spare time he enjoys sport and reading.

Alayna Francis MBA

Alayna Francis

Alayna has been working in communications for over two decades, currently as global head of media relations for IG Group. Her passion for children's charities has also led her to support SponsorOurClub, connecting Welsh diaspora with female football and rugby teams across Wales in need of financial support. A native New Yorker, Alayna now lives in Surrey with her husband and their two young children.

Ossie Gray

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.

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Mike Morris

Mike served as HR Director for London’s award-winning Southbank Centre and Royal Opera House prior to joining Alexandra Rose Charity in 2007. He is a trained journalist and ex-member of the Senior Management Team at ITN. 


Rebecca O’Connell

Rebecca is a Reader in the Sociology of Food and Families at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education. She is currently Principal Investigator of the European Research Council funded study, Families and Food in Hard Times. Rebecca lives in NE London and has four children. Three are in primary, secondary and further education. The eldest works as a Line Chef in a restaurant in Brighton.

Elizabeth Owens

After a career in primary schools in London, Liz retired as Head of Charles Dickens School in Southwark in 2006, having affected a complete transformation.  In 2005, Liz was 'The Pride of Britain' teacher of the year, in recognition of the huge improvement in the school's achievement and in the food served. Liz is also Chair of Trustees for the Coin Street Centre Trust.

Ben Reynolds - Chair of Trustees

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. 

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Paul Smith

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.