Feeding Britain was established as a charitable organisation in October 2015. We have been set up to implement some of the main recommendations made by MPs and Peers on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger.
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.
John Glen MP
John is the Conservative MP for Salisbury, home of the Trussell Trust. He grew up in rural Wiltshire as the son of a small businessman and was the first person in his family to go to university. Prior to becoming an MP, he worked in management consultancy and as a Director of Research for the Conservative Party. As well as being an MP, he now serves as a Governor at a local secondary school and sat as a Magistrate until 2012. John is Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
John co-authored an evidence paper with the Trussell Trust for the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into the United Kingdom, exploring how one centre which started in a garden shed in Salisbury grew to be a national network of emergency food banks.
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
Laura Mason, Office of John Glen 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 focussed 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.