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Meet the Nourish Staff

Meet the Nourish Staff

Pete Ritchie, Executive Director

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. This includes engaging with policy-makers and stakeholders as well as working for change from the bottom-up with grassroots groups. As well as working at Nourish, Pete runs Whitmuir Organics with his partner Heather Anderson.


Elli Kontorravdis, Policy and Campaign Manager

Elli has a background in law, specialising in environmental law and governance, with experience in politics and community-led campaigning. Elli is interested in all things social and environmental justice related and previously worked in Northern Ireland, Wales, and England on access to justice before joining Nourish Scotland in June 2015. Elli is also the Co-Chair of the Board of Friends of the Earth Scotland. Contact Elli to speak about the Right to Food Campaign, the Good Food Nation Bill, the UK Food Poverty Alliance, our Food Justice Workshops or the Dignity Project.

Olga Bloemen, Education & Outreach Officer

Olga found her way into Nourish with a passion to explore both food and education as vehicles for social change. After helping to make Nourish’s first Food Leadership Programme a real success in 2015, she is now working on various capacity building projects at Nourish –  from coordinating a mentoring scheme for people wanting to make a living from local food to empowering people to take action on food justice issues in Scotland. Contact Olga to speak about food and climate change, the Food Atlas, the Dignity Project or the Making a Living out of Local Food Programme. 

Celia Nyssens, Policy Officer

Celia studied politics in Belgium and Scotland, with a focus on environmental policy and politics during her Master’s degree. In Edinburgh she became very aware of the crucial role of food in our lives and societies and therefore decided to specialise in food-related issues, which brought her to Nourish in the summer of 2015. Celia works mainly on health and climate change.

Bella Crowe, Policy Officer

Bella studied history at the University of Edinburgh, where she spent a lot of time campaigning in social and environmental justice movements. She joined Nourish in summer 2015 and has been coordinating the Scottish Food Coalition, which brings together a diverse mix of organisations to take a systemic approach to the challenges we face in the food system. Contact Bella to talk about the Good Food Nation Bill, the Scottish Food Coalition, Sustainable Food Cities, the Scottish Farm Land Trust/Access to Land, and the Food Atlas.

Miesbeth Knottenbelt, Project Officer

Until recently, Miesbeth worked in universities setting up, researching and running teaching and student support for more than 20 years. In addition to working with Nourish, she spends a lot of her time working for Spokes: The Lothian Cycle Campaign. Contact her with queries about Making a Living from Local Food and support for new farmers.

Chelsea Marshall, Project Officer

Chelsea’s background is in human rights and social justice, and she originally joined Nourish as a consultant working on the right to food in 2016. Chelsea is a director of Bread for Good Community Benefit Society (‘Scotland the Bread’) and a management committee member of Dig-In Bruntsfield, a community greengrocer in Edinburgh. Contact Chelsea to speak about the A Menu for Change project (Dundee), socially just responses to food insecurity and dignity in community food provision.

Julian Holbrook, Project Officer

Julian’s work to date has focussed around climate change, promoting local food systems, community resilience, environmental trends and behavioural change. He has worked for Scottish Natural Heritage, Adaptation Scotland, The Climate Challenge Fund and Greener Kirkcaldy. Julian is a Community Councillor, organic smallholder and Fred Edwards Fellow. Contact Julian to speak about the A Menu for Change project (Fife).

Anna Chworow, Office Manager

Anna‘s background is in third sector governance and financial management. She joined Nourish in 2017, where she looks after administration, budgets and accounts. She also serves on the board of Take One Action Film Festivals.