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Meet the Nourish Staff

Meet the Nourish Staff

Nourish staff and board members

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.

pete@nourishscotland.org.uk

Celia Nyssens, Policy Officer

Celia has been with Nourish since the Summer of 2015, when she graduated from an M.Sc. in Environmental Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She leads on our Peas Please project, and our public health and climate change policy work. She is also Nourish’s go-to person for all things comms related. In her free time, Celia is a keen climber and cook, and also enjoys relaxing with some yoga or playing board games.

celia@nourishscotland.org.uk

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.

chelsea@nourishscotland.org.uk

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.

robert@nourishscotland.org.uk

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.

irina@nourishscotland.org.uk

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.

stephanie@nourishscotland.org.uk

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.

miesbeth@nourishscotland.org.uk

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.

anna@nourishscotland.org.uk

(currently on a secondment) Elli Kontorravdis, Policy and Campaigns 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, and our Food Justice Workshops and Programme.

elli@nourishscotland.org.uk

(currently on a sabbatical) 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.

olga@nourishscotland.org.uk