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 been chair of Transition Edinburgh South since its inception. She is on the board of the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network and is currently on the steering group for Edible Edinburgh. She had more that 25 years experience in strategic planning issues in health related topics. She published work throughout her working career. She is a past president of Edinburgh Businesswomen’s Club and is currently on the Slow Food Edinburgh Committee.

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 is a smallholder who lives in North Fife. She is working towards a self-sustainable lifestyle, keeping poultry and growing vegetables. Working for the Church of Scotland, she is on the multi-faith chaplaincy team at the University of Stirling where she also supports student community building and gardening. She is the author of an academic book and several articles on Scottish history, mental wellbeing and spirituality.

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.

Clare Skelton 

Clare has spend the past seven years working in communications for UK charities, across a range of issues, including housing, welfare reform, migration, work and mental health. She was Communications Manager with FoodCycle for two years, working to communicate the challenges we face around food waste and food poverty, as well as a leader at her local soup kitchen in north London. Originally from Northumberland, she has spent the past year travelling in South America and Africa and now lives in Glasgow working for Cycling Scotland.

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.

Nourish incorporated as a Community Interest Company in February 2012, and became a Charity in May 2018.