Our Board of Trustees

Nourish staff and board members

Catherine Williamson, Chair

Catherine is an HR professional with experience in several sectors including retail, transport, local government and not-for-profit recruitment. She is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, with over 13 years’ experience in learning & development, generalist HR, and recruitment roles. She currently works for Scottish Enterprise, as a Workplace Innovation Specialist. This role involves working with many different organisations in Scotland to encourage them to see the value in more employee-centred approaches to business, which research has shown to result in more motivated and engaged employees, and fosters greater innovation and productivity.

Pat Abel

Pat has chaired Transition Edinburgh South since its inception. TES has run Gracemount Walled Garden since 2014. The garden is worked regeneratively and has close links with both the Primary and High School. She is on the board of the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network and is currently on the steering group for Edible Edinburgh and chairs the sustainability group. She is part of the strategic group of Transition Edinburgh and is chair of the Community Growing Forum Scotland. She had more than 25 years’ experience in strategic planning issues in health-related topics and published work throughout her working career.

Jossie Ellis

Jossie is Head of Growth at Money Dashboard, an Edinburgh based Fintech where she leads product, partnership & customer strategy. She has a background in business development having started her own business & worked in consulting. She has always been interested in food and nature, and was hugely inspired by the people and communities she met whilst WWOOFing in Italy & Australia who are working to address the complex challenges we face relating to food & our environments. For the last two years she has helped organise the Power of Food Festival which celebrates community growing across Edinburgh. She encountered Nourish, when she was a participant on the Making a Living from Local Food programme, where she experienced first-hand the great work Nourish do at a grass roots level.

Janet Foggie

Janet Foggie is an author, smallholder and minister in the Church of Scotland. She is actively engaged in the movement to address climate change and the current environmental crisis. Keeping poultry, growing veg and living as sustainably as she can she is committed to the right to good, nutritious food to be affordable for all while improving the biodiversity and carbon footprint of our food-businesses and farms. She is currently a part-time member of the preaching team at Lindores Parish Church and is also working to find creative solutions to use the Glebe at Newburgh for a community woodland focussing on local people’s use of the ground for their well-being. The Woodland is also planned to create environmental, biodiversity and ecological improvement.

Liz Murray

Liz Murray is head of campaigns and policy at Global Justice Now Scotland, campaigning in partnership with activists in the global south on issues of economic justice and global poverty. GJN’s current campaigns focus on fossil fuel finance, regulating financial speculation on food, and promoting food sovereignty. Before GJN, Liz worked as a campaigner on environmental justice for Friends of the Earth Scotland, as a researcher for the Green MSPs at the Scottish Parliament and as a campaigner on GM crops and climate change for Greenpeace in the UK and in Australia. Liz is a keen gardener (and after five years on the waiting list, now an allotmenteer too) and back garden hen-keeper.

Pete Ritchie

Pete is Executive Director of Nourish Scotland, which he co-founded. He is a prominent thinker on food issues in Scotland, and a trustee of the Food Ethics Council. Pete is also a first-generation farmer and has been running Whitmuir Organics, with his wife and business partner Heather Anderson since 2004.  Before entering the world of food, he was an advocate for equality and inclusion of disabled people for 25 years. He founded and directed Scottish Human Services, which he led for 10 years.

Brian Wynne

Brian is professor Emeritus of Science Studies from Lancaster University. His research focused on the public understanding of science, in particular the relations between expert and lay knowledge and policy decision-making. In addition to various global academic awards and publications, he has also been active in policy domains, including special adviser to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology’s report into Science and Society (March 2000), and chair of the EU expert working group on Science and Governance. Brian is also a founding Board member since 2009 of the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility, ENSSER. He is also a Council Member of the global Science and Democracy Network, SDN.