Board of Directors
Nourish incorporated as a Community Interest Company in February 2012.
Liz Murray, Chair of Board
Liz Murray is head of campaigns and policy at Global Justice Now Scotland, campaigning in partnership with activists in the global south on issues of economic justice and global poverty. GJN’s current campaigns focus on fossil fuel finance, regulating financial speculation on food, and promoting food sovereignty. Before GJN, Liz worked as a campaigner on environmental justice for Friends of the Earth Scotland, as a researcher for the Green MSPs at the Scottish Parliament and as a campaigner on GM crops and climate change for Greenpeace in the UK and in Australia. Liz is a keen gardener (and after five years on the waiting list, now an allotmenteer too) and back garden hen-keeper.
Pete has a background in community development and social policy. As executive director, Pete is responsible with the board and staff team for focusing Nourish Scotland’s work where it can be most effective. He is currently leading Nourish’s work on the 2014-2020 Common Agricultural Policy. As well as working at Nourish, Pete runs Whitmuir Organics with his partner Heather Anderson.
Eva Schonveld has been involved in community work for many years. She was an enthusiastic founder member of the local Transition group in her home town, and helped set up community food growing spaces and a local market there. She also had the opportunity from 2009-11 to support communities around Scotland who wanted to use the Transition approach, and still loves to do so given the chance!
She’s passionate about the need for a resilient food system and has supported the development of Nourish from the beginning.
Pat Abel has been chair of Transition Edinburgh South since its inception. She is on the board of Nourish Scotland and the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network and is currently on the steering group for Sustainable Edinburgh Food City. She had more that 25 years experience in strategic planning issues in health related topics. She published work throughout her working career. She is a past president of Edinburgh Businesswomen’s Club and is currently on the Slow Food Edinburgh Committee.
David Atkinson has carried out research on food and food related topics since the late 1960’s He was a member of the most recent Scottish Government Food Champions group who produced the 2009 Food Policy. He maintains an active interest in organic production as the Current Chair of Falkland Rural Enterprises Ltd.
Motivated by inequalities on the global stage, Clare trained as a cell biologist and carried out research on Malaria for a number of years. A love of good food and of working at the roots of things turned this same motivation to focus her attention on food in Scotland, first by working as a baker of Real Bread, then as Business Manager, helping to set Nourish up as a staffed organisation. Clare left the Nourish office to develop an organic smallholding in Moray, and to support the development of future Nourish New Farmer Programmes.