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Board of Directors

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Board Members

Dr Clare Fennell is former business manager at Nourish Scotland, where she helped to build a staffed organisation and played a key role in developing training programmes for new entrants to sustainable farming and food leaders of the future. Clare’s sense of the need for fairness in the world, and interest in micro-organisms (she trained as a cell biologist), originally centred on researching malaria. A love of good food and of working at the roots of things led her to work for a period as an artisan baker at the Steamie Bakehouse in Dunfermline and, later, to helping bring the very first seedlings of Scotland The Bread wheat to their trial growing plots. Clare is currently developing an organic smallholding in Moray.

Dr Chelsea Marshall’s background is in social justice, human rights advocacy and rights-based approaches to community-development. Chelsea became involved in issues of food justice, responses to food insecurity and community access to food after moving to Edinburgh in 2015. She works for Nourish Scotland on the right to food campaign and is a member of the Management Committee of the community-owned greengrocer Dig-In Bruntsfield. She represented Scotland the Bread at the Nyéléni Europe Forum for food sovereignty in 2016 and supports our social impact research.

Tony Pender CBE spent most of his professional career in property development and management, including 15 years as the Chief Executive of a government agency promoting economic growth and job creation in the English regions. His belief that economic and cultural development should go hand in hand led him to personal involvement in the governance of arts organisations, including as founding Chair of Sage Gateshead. Having previously attended Bread Matters courses and discovered the joys of proper bread, he was to be delighted to be invited to join the Board of Bread for Good CBS.

Alison Ramcharran moved back to Scotland in 2009, when she changed her life from a senior role in business to combine full time mother of two boys, with baking bread, beekeeping and maintaining her interest in business by doing part time roles. She bakes bread from home to sell locally and has a passion for making real bread accessible to all. She is also a member of the Court of Edinburgh University and has a non-Executive role at a small consultancy – Socia – which specialises in private public partnerships. Her previous business experience spans working within major consultancies and latterly managing Microsoft’s top level relations with its UK Government customers.

Andrew Whitley is director of Bread Matters Ltd and a leader of the artisan baking revival, having founded the organic Village Bakery in the 1970s. He is author of the seminal Bread Matters and the best-selling DO Sourdough. He has an MSc in Food Policy from City University London and is credited with ‘changing the way we think about bread’ (BBC Food & Farming Awards). He co-founded the Real Bread Campaign and is a former vice-chair of the Soil Association. On the agroforestry project at Macbiehill he trials a wide range of cereals in a quest for the best possible bread.

In memory of Veronica Burke
Andrew’s wife Veronica Burke was a founding director of the Bread for Good Community Benefit Society; her indomitable spirit is and always will be missed following her death in April 2018. She was also a founding director of Bread Matters Ltd, responsible for Baking for Community training, and was a co-founder of Breadshare Bakery CIC. During her previous career in family law she started a family mediation service and developed inter-disciplinary training in dispute resolution, children’s rights and welfare advocacy. Training and participation programmes such as ‘Sourdough Exchange’ and ‘Soil to Slice’ demonstrate the creative engagement she had with young people and her imaginative take on food sovereignty, embodied in the call to ‘grow your own loaf’. Veronica is, of course, irreplaceable. But her ideas and energetic example will animate Scotland The Bread for good.