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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, and our Food Justice Workshops and Programme.

Celia Nyssens, Policy Officer

Celia studied politics in Belgium and Scotland, with a focus on environmental policy and politics in her Master’s degree. She is passionate about working towards a fairer and more sustainable world, and has been with Nourish since Summer 2015. Celia manages the Peas Please project in Scotland, leads on our public health and climate change policy work, and also supports our Good Food Nation campaign.

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.

(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.