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Board of Directors

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Board Members

Paul Durrant’s early business and academic career was in the forest products technology sector. He then began working in creative industries business development where he has designed and run a number of successful programmes over the past 20 years. He is presently the director of a non-profit Community Interest Company that runs a UK grants scheme for early-stage creative businesses. He is an amateur home baker having been awakened to the benefits of Real Bread like many others through Bread Matters. This journey has also reignited his earlier forest products-related interests in bioscience and sustainable development.

Dr Clare Fennell is former business manager at Nourish Scotland, where she helped to build a staffed organisation and played a key role in developing training programmes for new entrants to sustainable farming and food leaders of the future. Clare’s sense of the need for fairness in the world, and interest in micro-organisms (she trained as a cell biologist), originally centred on researching malaria. A love of good food and of working at the roots of things led her to work for a period as an artisan baker at the Steamie Bakehouse in Dunfermline and, later, to helping bring the very first seedlings of Scotland The Bread wheat to their trial growing plots. Clare is currently developing an organic smallholding in Moray.

Christine Lewis started work in the university sector specialising in biological sciences as an electron microscope technician before moving into management. With a broad background in technology-related activity and e-learning, Christine has more recently been involved with influencing technology policy in the justice system in the most complex environments at both national and European level. Christine is passionate about all things to do with Real Bread, introducing heritage grains and engaging with others. She is part of the OurField collaboration where 60 people are collaboratively deciding what to plant, how to treat (or not treat) the crop and where to sell it – which has been a massive learning curve for everyone involved.

Dr Chelsea Marshall’s background is in social justice, human rights advocacy and rights-based approaches to community-development. Chelsea became involved in issues of food justice, responses to food insecurity and community access to food after moving to Edinburgh in 2015. She works for Nourish Scotland on the right to food campaign and is a member of the Management Committee of the community-owned greengrocer Dig-In Bruntsfield. She represented Scotland the Bread at the Nyéléni Europe Forum for food sovereignty in 2016 and supports our social impact research.

Alison Ramcharran moved back to Scotland in 2009, when she changed her life from a senior role in business to combine full time mother of two boys, with baking bread, beekeeping and maintaining her interest in business by doing part time roles. She bakes bread from home to sell locally and has a passion for making real bread accessible to all. She is also a member of the Court of Edinburgh University and has a non-Executive role at a small consultancy – Socia – which specialises in private public partnerships. Her previous business experience spans working within major consultancies and latterly managing Microsoft’s top level relations with its UK Government customers.

Andrew Whitley is director of Bread Matters Ltd and a leader of the artisan baking revival, having founded the organic Village Bakery in the 1970s. He is author of the seminal Bread Matters and the best-selling DO Sourdough. He has an MSc in Food Policy from City University London and is credited with ‘changing the way we think about bread’ (BBC Food & Farming Awards). He co-founded the Real Bread Campaign and is a former vice-chair of the Soil Association. On the agroforestry project at Macbiehill he trials a wide range of cereals in a quest for the best possible bread.

In memory of Veronica Burke
Andrew’s wife Veronica Burke was a founding director of the Bread for Good Community Benefit Society; her indomitable spirit is and always will be missed following her death in April 2018. She was also a founding director of Bread Matters Ltd, responsible for Baking for Community training, and was a co-founder of Breadshare Bakery CIC. During her previous career in family law she started a family mediation service and developed inter-disciplinary training in dispute resolution, children’s rights and welfare advocacy. Training and participation programmes such as ‘Sourdough Exchange’ and ‘Soil to Slice’ demonstrate the creative engagement she had with young people and her imaginative take on food sovereignty, embodied in the call to ‘grow your own loaf’. Veronica is, of course, irreplaceable. But her ideas and energetic example will animate Scotland The Bread for good.