Rosie Boycott

Chair of London Food Board

Tenure
5 April 2010
Role

Chair of London Food Board

Status
Officeholder
Salary
£300 per day with a maximum payment of £54,000 annually
Expenses - Rosie Boycott
Expenses - Rosie Boycott
Register of Interests
Register of Interests - Rosie Boycott

Biography

Rosie was appointed Chair of London Food by the Mayor to help improve Londoners’ access to healthy, locally produced and affordable food.

Rosie is a writer and broadcaster. She founded Spare Rib, a feminist magazine, in her early 20s and was the UK’s first female editor of a British daily newspaper, the Independent on Sunday. Rosie was editor of the Daily Express. She has also been editor of Esquire and the Independent. She owns a smallholding in Somerset and has written a book about her experiences on this farm, ‘Spotted Pigs and Green Tomatoes – a year in the life of our farm’.

She developed Capital Growth which was launched last year by the Mayor, to boost “grow your own” by creating 2,012 community food growing spaces by 2012. The scheme, managed by London Food Link, now has hundreds of spaces being cultivated in a diverse range of places including canal banks, schools, roofs, private gardens open to the community and parks. The programme was awarded a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Commendation last year for its success in getting communities growing and has launched a competition to encourage primary age pupils to grow food in their school grounds.

She writes and speaks regularly about the importance of food in improving health and in reducing the carbon emissions, which cause climate change.

Press releases for

Mayor announces ambitious new pilots to tackle child obesity through schools and communities
18 July 2014

• Lambeth and Croydon each win c£600k to pioneer school-based & community projects to improve health and attainment
• Five-year pilot – Lighter London - aims to tackle child obesity and diet related health issues
• Major retailers Morrisons, Sainsbury’s & Tesco sign up to...