Members of the London Food Board

London Food Board

The London Food Board (LFB) consists of 19 individuals who advise the Mayor of London and the GLA on the food matters that affect Londoners.

Find out more about their goals, their meetings and meet the board members

About the London Food Board

What are the goals of the Board?

The London Food Board (LFB) advises the Mayor of London and the GLA on:

  • the development and delivery of a new London Food Strategy to be published in early 2018
  • food issues across the capital and how to develop a better food system for all Londoners
  • the GLA’s Food Programme.
What is the makeup of the Board?
  • Membership is made up of 19 leaders from sectors spanning the breadth of the food system who reflect the diversity and dynamism of London. 
  • Of the 19 board members, 15 are women
  • Four Board members are from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background
  • Members are not paid for their roles
  • Members are supported by the GLA Food Team
When do they meet and what happens?
  • The Board meets a minimum of four times a year
  • Members help us work towards a better food systems for all Londoners
  • Members will advise on food policy and the GLA's own Food Programme
  • Members of the Board have also participated in a series of workshops to help shape the new London Food Strategy (to be published in 2018)
  • Members are encouraged to share their insights and expertise and participate in open discussion with the Chair and the GLA Food Team

London's female leaders in food

Women make up the majority of the London Food Board. It is chaired by Rosie Boycott, who has a long and distinguished career as a journalist, publisher and author, having been the editor of several national newspapers in the UK. 

The Board includes Olukemi Atijosan (MBA), Dr Helen Crawley, Professor Corinna Hawkes and Anna Taylor (OBE).

Meet the Board

Rosie Boycott (Chair)

In October 2016, the 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 all Londoners.  As Chair of the London Food Board, Rosie writes and speaks regularly about the role of cities and the importance of food in improving health, tackling childhood obesity and helping to reduce carbon emissions contributing to climate change.

Olukemi (Kemi) Atijosan - MBA

Kemi Atijosan is Managing Director of Eagle Solutions Services Limited, a food consultancy company that specialises in supporting educational establishments. She has a background of successfully leading and managing diverse food services in the public, private and voluntary sectors for more than 30 years.

Tim Baker - MBA

Tim Baker is head teacher of Charlton Manor Primary School in Greenwich, which is regarded internationally as exemplary for its approach to food. Tim is a member of the School Food Plan Alliance and also Co-founder and Chair of Roots4Life, a charity focused on food education.

Minette Batters

Minette Batters is Deputy President of the National Farmers Union.  She has a background in farming and has also been a member of NFU Governance Board and the agricultural representative on the South West Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Committee.

Lindsay Boswell

Lindsay Boswell is the CEO of Fareshare - the UK's leading food waste charity - which supports more than 5,000 charity and community groups across the UK and provides enough food for more than 500,000 meals a week. Lindsay has more than 25 years’ senior experience in charities.

Dr Helen Crawley

Dr Helen Crawley has more than 30 years’ experience in public health nutrition. She is currently Director of the independent public health nutrition charity First Steps Nutrition Trust.  She is also Co-ordinator of The Healthy Start Alliance and honorary research fellow at the Centre for Food Policy, City University London.

Helen Evans

Helen Evans has held the position of Director of Business Development and Support at New Covent Garden Market - the UK’s largest horticultural wholesale market - for 20 years. Helen is a member of the Association of London Markets, Vauxhall BIOD Steering Group and Nine Elms Partnership. 

Kath Dalmeny/Sarah Williams (job share)

Kath Dalmeny is Chief Executive of Sustain - the UK’s alliance for better food and farming. She has more than 15 years’ experience as a campaigner, fundraiser, media spokesperson and third-sector manager and trustee. Kath is a trustee of various organisations including Feedback, Food Matters, Sustainable Food Cities Network and Food Climate Research Network.

Sarah Williams is Programme Director at Sustain. She oversees a broad portfolio of food projects and programmes and is the Sustain lead for London. Sarah has extensive experience and knowledge of urban food growing – including leading Capital Growth – one of the world’s largest urban food growing networks. 

Professor Corinna Hawkes /Professor Tim Lang (job share)

Professor Corinna Hawkes is Director and Professor of Food Policy at City University London. She is a Trustee of Sustain: the Alliance for Better Food and Farming and has previously held positions as Co-Chair of the Global Future Council on Food of the World Economic Forum at the international-level and the Scientific Advisory Council of Healthy Food America at the national level.

Professor Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at City University London. He has researched widely in food policy, specialising in public and environmental health, trade and inequality. Tim set up the Centre for Food Policy in 1994, and was Director 1994-2016. 

Ufi Ibrahim

Ufi Ibrahim is the Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, the leading authority on hospitality and tourism representing 46,000 businesses across the UK. Since joining the BHA, she has spearheaded the establishment of the Tourism Industry Council – a joint government and industry working coalition chaired by the Minister for Tourism.

Angela Malik

Angela Malik currently teaches an Indian Masterclass at Leith’s School of Food and Wine and has more than ten years’ experience of the UK food and hospitality industries. She has advised multi-national companies on their food strategy, is a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet and will be appearing as a competitor on the BBC’s Great British Menu in 2017.

Andrew Opie

Andrew Opie has held the position as Director of Food and Sustainability Policy at the British Retail Consortium for 12 years.  He has detailed knowledge of the food supply chain and is responsible for managing relationships with large food retailers across the UK.  Andrew previously worked at the National Farmers Union as Head of Policy Services.

Claire Pritchard

Claire Pritchard is CEO of Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency, a social enterprise development agency focusing on supporting sustainable communities. Claire has more than 27 years’ experience in the food sector and is a Trustee of Borough Market.

Jo Ralling

Jo Ralling currently works for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation as Campaign Director SUGAR SMART and has played a key role in the UK and global advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of sugar to long term health.  She is a member of the Children’s Health Board and London Obesity Leadership Group. 

Anna Taylor - OBE

Anna Taylor OBE is Executive Director of the Food Foundation, an organisation working to influence UK food policy. She is a qualified nutritionist, with more than 20 years’ experience working on food policy in relation to nutrition, public health, agriculture and poverty alleviation.

Laura Wellesley

Laura Wellesley is a Research Associate for Food Security and Climate Change at Chatham House. For the past two years, she has been heading up Chatham House's work on sustainable and healthy diets, with a specific focus on meat consumption.

Deirdre (Dee) Woods

Dee Woods is currently Co-Founder and Coordinator of Granville Community Kitchen and was named BBC Food and Farming Awards Cook of the Year in 2016. Dee has worked in various roles as a community practitioner for the past 25 years. She has a background in community food education, health promotion, organic food growing and food research.

Dr Melanie Smith

Melanie Smith has been Director of Public Health for the London Borough of Brent since 2013, where she is also responsible for culture. She sits on the Brent Health and Wellbeing Board and will be the London Councils representative on the London Food Board. London Councils represents all 32 London Boroughs and the City of London working on behalf of all its member organisations. Melanie is interested in the interplay between food and physical and mental wellbeing throughout the life course.