Feeding Britain was established as a charitable organisation in October 2015. We were set up to implement some of the main recommendations made by MPs and Peers on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger.
Feeding Britain President
The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
“I am proud to be the President of Feeding Britain. I am impressed to see the progress that Feeding Britain, and the many local charities and community groups who are part of the Feeding Britain initiative, are making to combat hunger and food poverty in the UK. The work that is being done to support people at very real risk of hunger, and to find ways to tackle the root causes of hunger, is critical and the successes to date are encouraging.
But it is also deeply concerning that, several years on from the publication of the original Feeding Britain reports, considerable numbers of people in the UK still struggle to feed themselves and their families. Everyone has a right to live with dignity and security, and it is shocking that hunger persists on this scale today. I hope that in the near future, organisations like Feeding Britain will no longer be needed; until that day, it is a privilege to lend my support to such a vital cause.”
The Most Revd Justin Welby was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied history and law. For 11 years – five in Paris and six in London – he worked in the oil industry, becoming group treasurer of a large British exploration and production company. He focused mainly on West African and North Sea projects. During this period he became a lay leader at Holy Trinity, Brompton in London, having been a council member at St Michael’s Church in Paris.
In 1989, he took a theology degree at St John’s College, Durham, in which he focused on ethics – particularly in business. For 20 years, his ministry has blended deep devotion to his parish communities with Church work around the world, especially in areas of conflict. After being ordained Deacon in 1992, he spent 15 years serving Coventry Diocese. In 2002 he was made a Canon of Coventry Cathedral, where he ran the reconciliation work based there. During this time he worked extensively in the field in Africa and the Middle East. He was installed as the Dean of Liverpool in 2007, and later the Bishop of Durham in 2011.
On 9 November 2012, Justin Welby was announced as the 105th Archbishop of the See of Canterbury and was enthroned at Canterbury Cathedral on 21 March 2013.
Feeding Britain Trustees
Frank Field MP (Chair)
Frank is the Labour MP for Birkenhead. He served as Minister Welfare Reform between 1997 and 1998 and led an independent review into poverty and life chances in 2010. Frank was Director of the Child Poverty Action Group between 1969 and 1979, and in 1974 he worked as Director of the Low Pay Unit until 1980.
In September 2013, Frank wrote to the Prime Minister expressing his concern that food banks were becoming ‘an institutional part of our welfare state’, and called on him to launch a public inquiry to help build an effective antipoverty strategy for families who draw help from their local food bank.
Frank helped set up the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom, and submitted its first pieces of evidence on long-term trends in household income and expenditure.
Rosie Boycott has a long and distinguished career history as a journalist, publisher and author, including having been the editor of several national newspapers in the UK.
In 2008 she was appointed as Chair of the London Food Board to advise the Mayor of London on sustainable food policy implementation in the capital. In October 2016, the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan asked Rosie to lead the development of a new London Food Strategy to help the food system to work better to meet the needs of everyone who lives and works in London.
As Chair of the London Food Board, Rosie writes regularly and speaks all over the world about the role of cities, and the importance of food in combatting hunger and food insecurity, improving health, tackling childhood obesity and helping to reduce carbon emissions contributing to climate change.
Baroness Jenkin of Kennington
Baroness Jenkin became a peer in 2011 in recognition of her charity work. She is the chairwoman of both the Conservative Friends of International Development and the Sustainable Resource APPG. Baroness Jenkin is a Board Member of Unicef and has worked for the Prince’s Trust.
Emma Lewell-Buck MP
Emma is the Labour MP for South Shields. Before entering the House of Commons, Emma worked as a child protection social worker. She also served as Councillor for Primrose Ward in South Tyneside, and was the lead member for adult social care. Emma is the first woman, and the first person to have been born within South Shields, to represent her constituency. She is a Shadow Minister.
Emma submitted evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom, on the landscape of food assistance in this country.
The Rt Revd Tim Thornton, the Bishop of Truro
Tim was made Bishop of Truro in 2008. Prior to that he was Bishop of Sherborne for seven years. Tim has been ordained for over 30 years and has served in several dioceses and contexts. He was Principal of the North Thames Ministerial Training Course and served as Chaplain to David Hope both in Wakefield and London.
He is Trustee of a number of organisations, including the Bishop’s Forum, Transformation Cornwall and Volunteer Cornwall. He is Chairman of The Children’s Society – a national charity working to help the most deprived children and disadvantaged young people.
Andrew Forsey, Office of Frank Field MP
Andrew is Frank Field MP’s senior researcher, having joined in 2013. In 2014 he served as Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom. Andrew has written each of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger’s follow-up reports, focusing on the extent and causes of hunger in this country.
Laura Mason, Office of John Glen MP
Laura worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to John Glen, the Conservative MP for Salisbury, for six years. She worked closely with John on hunger and food poverty issues throughout his time as Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Hunger and Food Poverty, and was also involved in the Feeding Salisbury pilot alongside local charities. She remains engaged with Feeding Britain’s policy work and translating the Network’s evidence into meaningful change.
Dr. Philippa Whitford MP
After actively campaigning for a YES vote in Scotland’s referendum, Philippa won the Central Ayrshire constituency in the 2015 Election and became the Shadow Health Spokesperson for the SNP at Westminster.
Born in Belfast, Philippa has spent most of her life in Scotland and studied Medicine at Glasgow University.
She was a Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon in Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock for 19 years where she redesigned the service and established reconstructive breast surgery. Her particular contribution was designing the Scottish accreditation standards for Breast Cancer services and developing regional cancer networks to encourage sharing of good practice.
She was honoured by the Saltire Society as one of the Outstanding Women of Scotland in July 2016.
Heidi Allen MP
Feeding Britain staff
Rosie Oglesby, National Director
Rosie Oglesby was appointed as the National Director of Feeding Britain in November 2016.
Prior to joining Feeding Britain, Rosie worked for 13 years in international development and humanitarian response, including working with a local NGO Green Hill in Bangladesh, the Humanitarian Futures Programme, ActionAid International and Unicef UK. At ActionAid she worked in the international emergencies team and was deployed to Jordan and Lebanon to establish ActionAid’s emergency programme to support Syrian refugees, and to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.
Through her career, Rosie has focused on improving accountability to and participation of local communities in development programmes. She also has a particular interest in the role of the private sector, and recently worked with Business in the Community managing a programme to encourage businesses to support international disaster relief.
Annie Olivier, Programme Coordinator
Annie has worked for several international and Canadian charitable organizations with a focus on community led development, including Global Vision International Kenya, Mosqoy: Sacred Valley Youth Program, and World Fisheries Trust. Her primary areas of work have been in strategic planning and communications, and building meaningful partnerships between various community groups and organizations.
Her interest in food poverty and sustainable food systems began as a volunteer for food redistribution projects on Southern Vancouver Island, and as a farm assistant on an organic farm cooperative in 2016.
Throughout her education she specialized in social justice and political economy, where she engaged in research on sustainable food systems and food sovereignty.