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.
Chelsea Marshall, Senior 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. She now delivers our A Menu for Change project in Dundee and Fife, and manages our Dignity in Practice project, which supports socially just responses to food insecurity and dignity in community food provision. In her own time, 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.
Stephanie Mander, Policy and Campaigns Officer
Stephanie joined the Nourish team in October 2018 to lead on the Good Food Nation Bill and the Right to Food Campaign. She has over five years experience working in Scotland’s food and drink sector, holding previous positions in Scotland Food & Drink and Seafood Scotland. With degrees in Political Science and International Relations, she has also worked in Scottish Parliament as a Research Assistant to MSP Margo MacDonald and in Scottish Government as part of the Scottish Affairs Office of the British Embassy in Washington D.C.
Robert Doyle, Project Officer
Robert co-delivers Nourish’s Dignity in Practice project. His background is in community development. He graduated from a MA SocSci (Hons) in Sociology from University of Glasgow and since then has worked with a number of communities across Glasgow and Scotland in various capacities. Robert has carried out his own research into food access and choice in the East End of Glasgow. He also recently volunteered at a Research Mentor in the Beyond4Walls project – a youth participatory research project exploring young people’s issues around housing in Scotland.
Irina Martin, Project Officer
Irina co-delivers Nourish’s Dignity in Practice project. Her background is in community development, promoting healthy eating and social engagement. She is passionate about good food, building communities, the environment and social inclusion. She is an advocate for Zero Waste Scotland and works alongside other community organisations towards a fairer food system. She recently joined Nourish to work on the Dignity Practice project. She is from Bolivia but studied in Aberdeen and London, lived and worked in New Zealand, London, Inverness, Edinburgh, and currently Glasgow. Her graduate and post-graduate studies focused on gender, politics and social movements.
Keesje Avis, Senior Policy Officer
Keesje (pronounced Kaysha) joined Nourish in July 2019. Working on agriculture and climate change, she has three areas of focus: as the clerk for the Farming for 1.5°C Inquiry, Scottish agricultural policy more generally, and reducing nitrogen use in South Asia with the South Asian Nitrogen Hub. Keesje has worked in Johannesburg, Brussels, London and Aberdeen on agriculture, climate change and food waste and has degrees in agriculture and international relations. She and her husband also run Burmieston, a rural climate friendly business in Perthshire.
Simon Kenton-Lake, Policy & Project Officer
Simon works on sustainable nutrition, leading on the Peas Please project in Scotland. His background is in behaviour change responding to the climate emergency, including network support and effective partnership working. He is passionate about food, setting up various food surplus cooking projects in Oxford before moving to Edinburgh in 2019. When not eating or cooking he likes to run up hills and sit in pubs.
Miesbeth Knottenbelt, Project Officer
Miesbeth joined our team in 2016 and is now managing the Making a Living from Local Food Programme. Before joining Nourish, she 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.
Anna Chworow, Office Manager
Anna‘s background is in third sector governance and financial management. She joined Nourish in 2017. She looks after administration, finances and governance. Her enduring love of spreadsheets is only rivaled by her enthusiasm for growing broad beans.
Maria Marshall, Membership Recruitment Internship
Maria joined our team in October 2019, working to grow Nourish’s membership base. She is a recent graduate of Edinburgh University where she studied History, with a year abroad in Washington DC. In her spare time she enjoys baking (and eating!) vegan desserts.