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.

Anna Chworow, Deputy Director

Anna‘s background is in third sector governance. She joined Nourish in 2017. She looks after communications, membership and finances, and ensures that Nourish’s internal process and governance reflect the organisational values. Her enduring love of spreadsheets is only rivalled by her enthusiasm for growing broad beans.

Diana Carolina Garduño Jiménez, Project Officer

Diana joined Nourish as a Food Justice Project Officer in 2020. She is currently co-ordinating work on agroecology and co-delivering the Dignity in Practice Project . This includes designing and facilitating workshops on food insecurity, right to food and food justice.  She is passionate about exploring what decoloniality means in practice within food systems and using creative methods such as arts-based practices and games in her facilitation. When she’s not working with Nourish you can find her dancing or having the slight suspicion that her sourdough starter might really be dead this time.

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 2017 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.

Stephanie Mander, Senior Project Officer

Stephanie joined the Nourish team in 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.

Chelsea Marshall, Senior Project Officer

Chelsea joined Nourish in 2016 with a background in human rights and social justice. She leads the Our Right to Food project, which takes a rights-based approach to improving the affordability of a healthy diet in Scotland. Chelsea led our work on the A Menu for Change project in Dundee and Fife and our partnership working throughout Scotland to develop cash-first referral guides for frontline staff and volunteers. She helped establish the Dignity in Practice project, which supports socially just responses to food insecurity in community food provision. In her own time, Chelsea is a director of Bread for Good Community Benefit Society (‘Scotland The Bread’), which seeks to ‘grow better grain and bake better bread with the common purposes of nourishment, sustainability and food sovereignty’.

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.