Shrewsbury Food Hub is a volunteer powered charity. Our 120+ amazing volunteers are supported by a small team of paid staff who work together to keep our wheels turning. They are a dedicated bunch who feel strongly about the amount of food that is wasted and want to do their bit to reduce waste for environmental and social good.
“I am delighted to be Patron of Shrewsbury Food Hub. I cannot think of anything that is not to like about helping local communities with food that would otherwise be wasted. We all hate to see the waste of good food and Shrewsbury Food Hub is doing something about it. I am excited to be part of this problem-solving team as they rise to the challenge of wasting less by redistribution.”
Andrew has been a volunteer and Trustee of Shrewsbury Food Hub since the charity began and is now Chair. He has over 35 years’ experience in environmental consultancy developing public infrastructure and services, specialising in waste and resource management. Andrew represents the Hub on the steering group of Zero Carbon Shropshire, and provides support to the food waste group of Shropshire Good Food Partnership. His time outside of the Hub is occupied as professional artist working solo and in collaboration with others on community projects, arts and landscape research, supporting education and public engagement.
Joy joined Shrewsbury Food Hub as a volunteer in April 2018 and became a Trustee and Treasurer in September 2018. She is a retired public sector accountant who worked for 36 years in local government and had a particular involvement in waste management services for much of that time. After retirement, Joy moved back home to Shropshire and, when not looking after the Hub’s finances, she spends her time gardening, walking and enjoying her family.
Catriona joined the Food Hub in early 2023 and has taken on the role of Company Secretary. She was a board member of the Mid Wales Food & Land Trust for many years and is very interested in how to reduce food waste, grow more of our own individually and collectively and improve our national diet as part of combatting ill health and food poverty. Her background is in affordable housing provision and management, mostly in local government. She supports causes which take the climate crisis seriously, is a keen gardener, and keeps up with family spread round the country and across the Atlantic.
Mike began volunteering soon after Shrewsbury Food Hub started in 2016, and was invited to become a Trustee towards the end of 2020. He retired in 2013 after 41 years working as a Medical Physicist at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital at Gobowen. Mike currently leads on the Hub volunteers’ newsletter started earlier in 2022. When not involved with the Hub, he can be found involved in his local church, volunteering at the Orthopaedic Hospital or trying to keep up with his two grandchildren.
Kate began volunteering at the Hub in November 2019 in fundraising and became a Trustee in February 2020. Not long after, the Hub was hit by Storm Dennis and the roof literally fell in. She realised then, that working with the Hub was going to be hands-on. Covid hit shortly after, and Kate fell into serious fundraising. A born and bred Australian, Kate has worked for three decades in Global Financial Services. She has a Bachelor of Economics Degree from Australian National University and recently completed the CFA Certificate in Environmental, Social and Governance Investing. Having lived in Shrewsbury for 13 years, she feels very much an adopted Salopian. When not behind the computer screen, Kate is running her son around or being run around by her kelpie/collie pup!
Sarah’s first connection with the Hub was chatting with Katy (one of our co-founders) at a stall at the Shrewsbury Flower Festival in 2018. Soon after, she visited the depot and has been involved ever since. In her working life, Sarah is a Food Technologist. She first came to Shropshire in 1993 to study Agriculture & Animal Science at Harper Adams, and returned to live in 2002. Her work takes her all around the UK, Ireland and Europe working with food producers to ensure the food and drink they produce are to the highest standards possible. A large part of her job is training, which she enjoys the most, as this is where the real engagement and knowledge transfer occurs. Sarah brings her professional expertise to her role with the Hub, providing support and mentoring in food safety, legality, labelling, allergen management and hygiene. She also trains volunteers in all aspects of harvesting, sorting, storing and re-distributing food and drink. Away from her job and the Hub, Sarah looks after her horses, as she is a keen dressage rider. She is also a Parish Councillor and enjoys spending time outdoors exploring our countryside.
Emma joined Shrewsbury Food Hub as a Trustee in January 2023 following a recent move to Shrewsbury and a passion for wanting to do more within the local community. Emma manages her responsibilities alongside her extensive career within the public sector and has a background overseeing environmental regulation, strategy, governance, and engagement. Emma holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and is a keen promotor of all things environment. Away from the Food Hub, Emma spends her time with her Miniature Schnauzers, Eddie and Murphy, who were rescue pups from the Dogs Trust. She’s also a keen traveller, staying active with her local netball team and community choir and is currently working on a renovation project.
Patrick became a Trustee at the start of 2023. His role focuses on IT, data and strategy. Patrick is a procurement professional with experience across both the public and private sectors. He is currently working within the Government Commercial Function covering a Digital Portfolio for a central Government department. He is keen to use his experience for the benefit of the Hub and all its stakeholders. Patrick lives in Shrewsbury, and enjoys spending time with his family (including two grandsons), playing football, rowing on the River Severn, walking the dogs, and he has recently taken on an allotment.
Mark started volunteering with the Food Hub at the start of 2020, just before Covid turned everything upside down! Prior to his retirement in 2018, he had a successful career in the food industry, working on research and development and project management activities around the world for several multinational companies and well-known brands, including Mr Kipling, Kelloggs, Jordans Cereals and Cadburys. He is currently the morning depot coordinator on Mondays and Fridays, and he is also the chair of Shrewsbury & District Dog Training Club and a member of Shrewsbury Men’s Shed.
Mike began volunteering in 2021, mainly helping in the warehouse, and became a Trustee in spring 2023. His background is the wine industry, and he led a number of wine companies in the southeast before moving to Shropshire in 2002 to run a wine company in Telford. His particular interest is in business strategy and marketing. He is semi-retired but remains a non-exec director of an English wine producer in Kent. Outside of wine, he is Trustee of Shropshire Youth Support Trust whilst studying for a MA in History at Birmingham University. He is married to Pam and father to three wonderful children all in their 20s. He also plays a lot of tennis and is a keen cyclist.
Jo’s role at Shrewsbury Food Hub focuses on IT and data, having started as a volunteer in 2021, and become a Trustee in January 2022. Jo has a background in systems and project management within investment banking, management consultancy and more recently a family engineering business. Jo is very keen to promote volunteering within the community. Away from the Food Hub, Jo is involved in property renovation and is an enthusiastic walker.
Ali has lived in Shrewsbury for over 20 years and brought up her three boys here. After studying Environmental Science at Aberystwyth University in the 80s, she worked in industrial waste in the UK and Honduras, Central America. Once settled in Shropshire, she realised that perhaps we are best placed to make a difference in our own community. Ali has been involved with community engagement and behaviour change projects around waste for 15 years in Shropshire and is committed to trying to encourage businesses, events and households to make sustainable choices and to tread more lightly. She set up Shrewsbury Food Hub with Katy Anderson in 2016 and can be found in the depot on Wednesday mornings juggling baguettes and carrots, or whatever has come in that morning!
Daphne began harvesting with the Food Hub in 2016, moving onto fundraising and becoming a Trustee in January 2023. She has lived in Shrewsbury for nine years, having moved from Worcestershire to be nearer to family. She has a background in social work across adult services in the Midlands, with a degree in social administration and a Masters in public sector management. Before retiring in 2015, Daphne managed family support services at a Birmingham hospice, providing social work, bereavement, and chaplaincy help. She is very keen to support the Hub’s volunteers and partner groups. Away from the Hub, Daphne enjoys seeing her two granddaughters, co-ordinating U3A cinema group, reading, walking and music, especially opera and folk.
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