Our Organisational Structure
The Network Board
The Network Board is made up of volunteers from across our county, the members of the board bring with them a wealth of experience from both the VCS and public sector – from community food support to public health and the farming sector, between them they have strategic oversight of Feeding Gloucestershire.
Sarah Avery – Independent Community Developer
Phil Coysh – Trussell Trust
Julie Craig – Gloucestershire County Council (Senior Commissioning Manager for Children’s Public Health)
Lisa Jevins – Podsmead Big Local
Emma Keating Clark – Stroud District Council (Community Health and Wellbeing Manager)
Nick Penny – Forest Voluntary Action Forum
Jenny Phelps – Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group SW
Leanne Purnell – Gloucester City Council (Community Wellbeing Officer)
Amanda-Jane Strover – Stroud District Food Bank
The Feeding Gloucestershire Team
The Project Manager and the Network Coordinator report directly to the Network Board and ensuring the day-to-day operation of the Network.
The team also oversees the work of Feeding Gloucestershire at district level, with a remit to facilitate, convene and support organisations and work that is currently happening in each of the districts and to support future work where possible. Each district is distinct and different and this is recognised in the approach that will be taken, but we will seek to connect across common ground, to share ideas and promote best practice.
Network Coordinator – Deb Baker
Deb is a grassroots community organiser and trainer (specialising in community organising and creative wellbeing) whose organisation, Community Roots CIC, was one of the catalysts for Feeding Gloucestershire, she has been with Feeding Gloucestershire since April 2021 and became network coordinator in April 2022.
Prior to her work with Community Roots Deb served in various committee roles, including Membership Secretary, Education Coordinator, Secretary, Press and Public Relations Officer, and Chair.
In November 2021 Deb designed and led a program of organisational conversations for the Gloucestershire Food and Farming Partnership. These conversations, with organisations across the county who are involved in food work, have informed the work of both the Gloucestershire Food and Farming Partnership and Feeding Gloucestershire.
Project Manager – Lizzie Dyer
Lizzie lives on a farm in Cricklade, having been brought up on a farm, food and farming and the countryside has been a huge influence on her life. She moved from Somerset to Gloucestershire in 2010 to study at the Royal Agricultural University, achieving a first-class honours degree in ‘International Agricultural Business Management’. The last thirteen years she has been working on farms in the County and established her own farming business in 2013 – Just Kidding (AKA Cotswold Kid Meat) – with her partner Jamie.
Previously Lizzie has worked in event management and both the finance and charity sectors. She started work in 2019 for the Gloucestershire Good Food Revolution (now known as the Gloucestershire Food and Farming Partnership) on various projects from food procurement, sustainable food places and community conversations. She has been working with Feeding Gloucestershire since April 2022 as Project Manager.
The Network Organisations
The aim of Feeding Gloucestershire is to bring together a network of organisations across the county who’s work is connected to food, including community food support, community growing, producers and local authorities. This network will be invaluable resource enabling Feeding Gloucestershire to connect into, and support, the work that is happening across the county from grassroots to countywide, ensuring voices are heard and resources and knowledge are shared.
Feeding Gloucestershire’s Board has members from organisations across the county, from local, district and countywide organisations.
In line with our Integrated Local Delivery Framework the network coordinator and project manager will facilitate at district level, working to ensure the districts are represented in all our work.