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, with experience in politics and community-led campaigning. Elli is interested in all things social and environmental justice related and previously worked in Wales, Northern Ireland, and England before joining Nourish Scotland in June 2015. Elli is also on 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 community and public engagement projects ranging from facilitating cross-sector collaboration; to coordinating a mentorship scheme for people wanting to make a living from local food; to coaching people on how to address food issues in Scotland. Contact Olga to speak about food and climate change, the Food Atlas, Turning the Tables, or the Making a Living out of Local Food Project.
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. Celia works on food and farming policies; more specifically the Citizens’ Agricultural Policy campaign, Nourish’s efforts to incorporate food and farming in climate change policies, and the Good Food Nation Bill.
Bella Crowe, Scottish Food Coalition Coordinator
Bella studied history at the University of Edinburgh, where she spent a lot of time campaigning in social and environmental movements. She joined Nourish in summer 2015 and has been coordinating the new Scottish Food Coalition, which brings together a diverse mix of organisations to change the whole food system. She is also currently doing research on Stirling’s food system for a project commissioned by Forth Environment Link.
Gillian Armstrong, Office Manager
Gillian makes all of our work possible by managing Nourish’s admin and finances.