Mayor appoints Claire Pritchard to lead the London Food Board

20 March 2018

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has appointed Claire Pritchard as the new Chair of the London Food Board.

Claire has been a member of the Board since 2005, and Chief Executive of Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency (GCDA) for more than a decade. She brings nearly 30 years’ experience of the food sector to her new role. 

Claire’s experience includes setting up and running restaurants, developing training courses to help businesses sell healthier food, managing urban food-growing projects, and setting up and running markets, community food access projects and fruit-and-veg box schemes. 

She has also worked extensively with local authorities and property developers all over London to make food better all across the capital. 

The London Food Board advises the Mayor on a range of areas, including the development and delivery of the forthcoming new London Food Strategy (due to be published later this year), which will help all Londoners to access more healthy and sustainable food. 

The Board meets a minimum of four times a year and the majority if its members are women. It comprises 19 members who are all leading figures from sectors across the food system and reflect London’s diversity and dynamism. The Board’s work aligns with the Mayoral priorities of helping create a healthier and more sustainable city. 

Claire also shares the Mayor’s passion for addressing challenges including the food insecurity suffered by too many Londoners and food’s role in rising levels of obesity. 

Her appointment follows the departure of Rosie Boycott earlier this year, after nine successful years as Chair. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I would like to thank Rosie Boycott for her sterling efforts over the last nine years, championing healthy food and the capital’s incredible food industry. 

“I’m delighted to appoint Claire to this important role. London has one of the most vibrant, exciting food scenes in the world and the London Food Board has a vital role in supporting London’s growers, producers and retailers, not to mention all the important work ahead in promoting sustainability and helping all Londoners access healthy food. 

“I look forward to working with Claire and to all the important work the Board will take on under her leadership.” 

Chair of the London Food Board, Claire Pritchard, said: “London is such an exciting place for food and there are lots of ways to make it even better. 

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead the London Food Board so that we can help the Mayor to improve our food system for the benefit of everyone who lives in, works in and visits London.”

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