Meet the team at FareShare South West!

If you have any questions or queries, we’d love to hear from you. Our general email is info@faresharesouthwest.org.uk Click on a team member to find their contact details.

Our office number (for general enquiries) is 0117 954 2220 and our warehouse number (for delivery enquiries) is 0117 941 4401.

Central Support

Lucy Bearn

CEO

Lucy Bearn

CEO

Lucy is the Chief Executive for FareShare South West.

I joined FareShare South West back in 2018 as the Customer and Operations Officer, working in Little Ann Street as the fifth member of staff. Since then, I’ve taken on roles across Business Development, Food and Logistics, Director of Operations and as Interim CEO. I love everything about FareShare South West. What we do is unique and there are many exciting opportunities that we aren’t seizing yet.

As CEO, Lucy is responsible for overseeing the entire FareShare South West team, the charity’s governance, key developments, financial viability, health and safety, compliance and ensuring that we are maximising the charity’s mission, while setting the culture of a compassionate and supportive environment for staff and volunteers. Lucy reports to the Board of Trustees, and will often represent FareShare South West within the FareShare network, to external stakeholders and key partners, ensuring financial, food and volunteering support.

Simon Jarvis

Chief Operating Officer

Simon Jarvis

Chief Operating Officer

Simon says; “With my team, I use systems and technology to optimise our ways of working so that we can be as efficient as possible and to make best use of our resources in providing a reliable delivery service that is fully compliant with food safety regulations. This includes planning for future growth throughout the region including bringing additional depots and partner organisations into the network.

I love the work that we do at FareShare South West and how tangible it all is. It’s so clear to see the huge throughput of food in our warehouses; a head-height pallet of fresh produce can arrive one day and be almost entirely depleted the next as it has been loaded up and sent on its way.”

Josie Forsyth

Chief Fundraising and Communications Officer

Josie Forsyth

Chief Fundraising and Communications Officer

Josie joined the team in 2023 with a passion for social justice, strategy and free biscuits.*

She’s developing growth strategies for fundraising, brand and communications across the South West, harnessing the compassion and creativity of our amazing supporters, volunteers and staff to tackle the twin scourges of climate crisis and rising poverty. Josie is here to meet with comms experts, national grant-making trusts, local government and like-minded individuals to make all this happen. Please get in touch if you can help! josie.forsyth@faresharesouthwest.org.uk.

She says: “I’ve admired FareShare South West’s impact for years through working and volunteering at charities and schools whose beneficiaries depend and thrive on meals cooked with our food. I didn’t know the half of it before I joined though – the supported volunteering programmes, the employability course for young people who missed out on so much due to the pandemic, the scale of the food impact…

I can’t stand the fact that one in four children in South West are struggling to get the food they need while minutes away from their homes, edible food is being thrown away by the tonne. I love that FareShare South West tackles these issues head on in partnership and to an enormous scale – food for three million meals per year. And I am driven by the fact that there is still so much more to do and I can be a part of the change. It’s why I joined!”

*This job makes you hungry – luckily we have talented bakers among the staff!

Ben Evans

Food & Logistics Manager

Ben Evans

Food & Logistics Manager

Ben is responsible for the local sourcing of food across both the West of England and Devon & Cornwall regions. This includes onboarding new local food suppliers to increase the amount and variety of food in the warehouse, as well as maintaining relationships with our current suppliers. This does not include the food sent in from FareShare UK.

On top of this, Ben manages the food side to any projects that FareShare South West are running such as our holiday projects or the 7.5 T truck. Day to day tasks include reaching out to new suppliers, organising collections of food, and developing projects alongside the regional teams.

Daniel Leite

Daniel Leite

Food Sourcing Officer

Daniel Leite

Food Sourcing Officer

Daniel brings 20 years’ experience as a chef to his role with us, so he definitely knows his food!

He moved to the UK from Portugal in 2013, and graduating in 2019 opened the doors to do other things. Daniel’s been working to help the network with accessing and managing surplus food locally and nationally since 2023.

“It’s very rewarding and impactful to work here – the sense of social positivity and giving to the community in ways that I never thought would be possible.”

Daniel Leite

Susie Day

Communications Manager

Susie Day

Communications Manager

Susie joined FareShare South West in 2023, with a background in marketing and communications for a disability rights charity, Bristol’s hospice and higher education. She’s also worked in education and pastoral care for children and young people.

“I’m passionate about fighting hunger and poverty right here on our doorstep, and supporting people to understand the positive environmental impact of tackling food waste too.”

“My role touches every aspect of FareShare South West’s incredibly powerful work. I’m here to tell the stories of our supporters and partners to help more people see the real impact on people’s daily lives – and to make sure everyone who works and volunteers here feels empowered and recognised.”

Outside her role, Susie writes funny, family-led and inclusive children’s books for 8+ year olds. She loves playing roller derby, crocheting ugly blankets, and baking shortbread biscuits.

Charlie Mason

Head of Compliance

Charlie Mason

Head of Compliance

Charlie is our Head of Compliance, ensuring operations are set up and managed effectively, safely, and to required levels of compliance with health and safety, food safety and other regulations across all our sites.

Charlie joined FareShare South West (from a background in community recycling and reuse projects) as Warehouse Operations Manager in 2013, running our Little Ann Street warehouse, progressing to Operations Manager before this role.

Charlie says, “My favourite aspects of working at FareShare South West are the people – colleagues and volunteers – all who have bought into the mission to save and redistribute otherwise unwanted food, and the food itself – I’m keen to avoid waste; and maximise resource efficiency. And I love a pasty or two.”

Sophie Coles

Fundraising Manager

Sophie Coles

Fundraising Manager

Sophie joined FareShare South West in early 2021 as the Trusts & Grants Fundraising Manager. Responsible for applying for funding from, and managing relationships with, all the wonderful Trusts and Foundations that support FareShare South West.

Trusts and Foundations are charitable organisations established to donate money to good causes. They have their own aims and objectives, and it is Sophie’s job to research which ones may be suitable to apply to, and then to persuade them to support our work.

“I have been in awe of the work at FareShare for several years now and am very proud to have recently joined the team at FareShare South West. I find it very upsetting that so many people in the UK live in food poverty, whilst at the same time, thousands of tonnes of edible food is wasted every week. It’s wonderful working with such a dynamic and pro-active group of people, for an organisation that has such a positive impact on so many people lives.”

Sophie would be delighted to hear from any trusts who may be considering expanding their portfolio of charities to support – sophie.coles@faresharesouthwest.org.uk

Georgia Langley

Supporter Care Officer

Georgia Langley

Supporter Care Officer

Following a career break spent travelling South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Georgia joined FareShare South West as Supporter Engagement Officer in May 2024.

With a background in supporter engagement, communications and regional fundraising for charities focused on children’s healthcare both locally and nationally, Georgia brings with her over six years’ experience in the charity sector.

“The scale of the climate crisis and the extent of food poverty in the UK can feel overwhelming: it is unthinkable that enough food for seven billion meals goes to waste every year while millions of people go hungry, and the sheer size of the problem means people often feel powerless to help.

I’m responsible for building and maintaining relationships with our incredible donors and fundraisers, without whom our work would be impossible. I want everyone who supports FareShare South West to feel valued and understand what a huge difference they are making in their local communities and across the South West.”

Outside of work, Georgia enjoys wild swims, making jewellery and singing karaoke (badly).

Lisa Armstrong

Lisa Armstrong

Bookkeeper

Lisa Armstrong

Bookkeeper

Lisa is our fabulous freelance accountant and bookkeeper, who’s been supporting us since June 2023.

“It’s an amazing organization to belong to. I feel like in a very small way I’m making a difference. It’s great to be part of such an inspiring team.”

Lisa lives on a farm just outside Bristol and is a proud owner of very happy alpacas!

Lisa Armstrong

Meghan O’Malley

Employability Programme Lead

Meghan O’Malley

Employability Programme Lead

My name is Meghan, I’m one of the Employability Programme Leads for FareChance. I’m really excited to be part of such a unique and innovative programme. I believe in the incredible impact of group work and am passionate about equal access to employment.

My job role is mainly young-people facing, working with them in the warehouse whilst getting to know our amazing participants, hearing about their passions and working with them to develop their interests and fulfill their full potential. My hobbies and interests include dancing, painting and yoga.

Tatiana Powell

Employability Programme Lead

Tatiana Powell

Employability Programme Lead

Tatiana works on our FareChance employability programme, supporting young adults in Bristol to develop the skills and confidence they need to make positive next steps. She builds partnerships with potential employers and organisations, creating pathways of opportunity for the young people who complete the programme.  

She also works alongside Meghan to support the young people in building their skills, confidence and wellbeing as they gain real work experience at our Vale Lane warehouse. On top of this, she is responsible for reporting and analysing the success of the programme.

“I am really excited to be apart of such an amazing organisation! My hobbies include: yoga enthusiast, over achieving, personal/spiritual development book nerd, making herbal remedies, and being a mum of three (12 year old twins and crazy 5 year old).”

Zephyr Giddings

Communications Officer

Zephyr Giddings

Communications Officer

I first joined FareShare South West as the Volunteer Coordinator in February 2023. Over the past year and a half, I have had the privilege of supporting our amazing volunteers, ensuring they feel valued and empowered across both of our Bristol warehouses. Now, I’m thrilled to embark on a new adventure as the Communications Officer for FareShare South West!

With a background in Environmental Science and a wealth of experience in different aspects of communications, I’m excited to bring a fresh perspective to this role. I’m passionate about creativity and storytelling, and I look forward to helping to raise the awareness of our incredible charity. Watch this space!

Amy Sinclair

Employability and Volunteer Development Manager

Amy Sinclair

Employability and Volunteer Development Manager

Amy runs our employability programme and volunteer development. She supports the people who volunteer with FareShare South West to meet their individual needs and fulfil their aspirations. In 2022, she launched FareChance, which offers meaningful work experience and personal and professional development opportunities to young people to help them identify and take their next steps.

“This organisation ticks all my boxes; tackling food waste, delivering high quality food to incredible organisations who are running inspiring projects. I love working with young people, opening doors to those who may not have been given these opportunities in such a positive environment where the staff are passionate, innovative and accommodating.”

West of England

Marie-Louise Van Kampen

Marie-Louise Van Kampen

Membership Accounts Manager

Marie-Louise Van Kampen

Membership Accounts Manager

Marie-Louise is Membership Accounts Manager at FareShare South West.

“I look after our members, making sure our relationships are as effective as they can be. I want to make sure our surplus food ends up in the places where it can have the most impact, and support the development of an ecosystem of charities involved with us.”

Marie-Louise’s background is in hospitality management, and she’s had contact with the FareShare network for almost ten years as a corporate sponsor. FareShare South West’s mission, combining fighting food waste and food poverty with employability has a very personal resonance for Marie-Louise.

Marie-Louise is autistic, and an employability programme once believed in her, from which she managed to build her whole career.

Marie-Louise Van Kampen

Nev McDermott

Community Food Member Support Officer

Nev McDermott

Community Food Member Support Officer

Nev started working for FareShare South West back in August 2009 as one of our volunteers – nearly 10 years later and he became our warehouse assistant! Nev managed food deliveries and orders in our warehouse office along with Lucy and Charlie.

He is now our Community Food Member Support Officer, which entails taking down all the orders and talking to our member charities. He works alongside the Membership Accounts Manager and Community Food Operations Coordinator.

Fionn Douthwaite

Community Food Operations Coordinator

Fionn Douthwaite

Community Food Operations Coordinator

Fionn’s background has been in hospitality and events in Bristol. But for the last two years, he’s been working with organisations in Europe providing logistical support to groups that support displaced people in various locations. He joined FareShare South West to work with local suppliers, minimise waste and address food insecurity right here on his doorstep. 

Owen Langstone

Owen Langstone

Warehouse Manager

Owen Langstone

Warehouse Manager

Owen joined FareShare South West in January 2024 after setting up his own strategy business.

“This role is a mix of operations and charity,  two things I’m passionate about, so it seemed like a no brainer. Day to day, I’m supporting the warehouse team in any way possible. I’m involved in development, logistics and operations, and strategy.”

“I love the culture, that’s been the number one thing from day one.”

Owen Langstone

Robin Harrison

Deputy Warehouse Manager (West of England)

Robin Harrison

Deputy Warehouse Manager (West of England)

Laura Scothern

Warehouse Supervisor

Laura Scothern

Warehouse Supervisor

Laura volunteered at our Bristol warehouses as a warehouse assistant before becoming a full time staff member in 2022. She started as Community Food Operations Coordinator and has now moved to full-time warehouse supervisor, where she oversees day to day warehouse operations, supports volunteers and manages goods-in and out.

Liam Davies

Warehouse Supervisor (West of England)

Liam Davies

Warehouse Supervisor (West of England)

As a Warehouse Supervisor at our Central Bristol warehouse, Liam is jointly responsible for operations including incoming deliveries of food; logging them on our system; van coordination and efficient stocktaking practices across the site to maximise the food that reaches the projects we work with.

Nessa Jones

Warehouse Manager (West of England)

Nessa Jones

Warehouse Manager (West of England)

Nessa Jones – Warehouse Manager

Nessa works in our West of England team, keeping our Bristol warehouses running smoothly and safely. She started life with us as a volunteer, and during the pandemic emergency period was recruited into our warehouse team. Luckily for us, she agreed to stay!

Kirsty Moyse

Warehouse Supervisor (West of England)

Kirsty Moyse

Warehouse Supervisor (West of England)

As a Warehouse Supervisor at Vale Lane, Kirsty is jointly responsible for operations including incoming deliveries of food; logging them on our system; van coordination and efficient stocktaking practices across the site to maximise the food that reaches the projects we work with. She also manages, trains and supports the volunteers at our South Bristol warehouse on Vale Lane.

Rio Goodman

Warehouse Operator

Rio Goodman

Warehouse Operator

Devon & Cornwall

Shelley Wright

Head of Region (Devon and Cornwall)

Shelley Wright

Head of Region (Devon and Cornwall)

Shelley Wright- Head of Region (Devon and Cornwall)

Shelley has been instrumental in strategic work extending the FareShare South West service into Devon and Cornwall since 2019. In 2021, Shelley and her growing team opened a brand new warehouse in Plymouth in partnership with local charities. She heads up the warehouse team to ensure they have enough volunteers, food and charities, keeping the operation running smoothly.

Rachel Connett

Membership Accounts Manager (Devon & Cornwall)

Rachel Connett

Membership Accounts Manager (Devon & Cornwall)

Rachel started as our Volunteer Coordinator in Plymouth, and has moved into the role of Membership Account Manager. She looks after our charity members, ensuring they receive the right foods and get the best possible service from us. She bakes cakes to enhance the happiness levels throughout the team!

Charles Gabriel

Operations Warehouse Manager (Devon & Cornwall)

Charles Gabriel

Operations Warehouse Manager (Devon & Cornwall)

Charles initially joined us as a volunteer for Operation Re-Act – a key partner of FareShare South West. Today, he’s a full-time member of staff and an integral part of the team. Charles oversees all warehouse operations in Plymouth, including managing incoming goods, storage and inventory control as well as dispatching goods to Community Food Members and managing our team of volunteers.

Tessa Phillips

Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator (Devon & Cornwall)

Tessa Phillips

Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator (Devon & Cornwall)

Tessa works with the Head of Region and local warehouse team to coordinate the recruitment, retention, and development of volunteers to support the warehouse programme. She looks after the wellbeing of volunteers and supports them during shifts and whenever needed. She cooks up amazing lunches!

Georgina El-Morshdy

Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator

Georgina El-Morshdy

Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator

“I started as a volunteer in Plymouth in November 2022, because I wanted to do something in my community. The team encouraged me to take on a paid role, and turn something informal into something more structured. I like giving something back, doing something to tackle hunger. I like the dual mission – environment and social justice. It’s something really meaningful and purposeful.”

Ashley Beavan

Warehouse Supervisor (Devon & Cornwall)

Ashley Beavan

Warehouse Supervisor (Devon & Cornwall)

Ashley has been with us since the inception of our Plymouth warehouse, initially joining as a volunteer to help ensure that good food reaches those in need across Devon and Cornwall. Today, he holds the role of a full-time Warehouse Supervisor and is a valued member of our team. He is jointly responsible for operations including incoming deliveries of food; logging them on our system; van coordination and efficient stocktaking practices across the site to maximise the food that reaches the projects we work with.

Kat Bamford

Kat Bamford

Warehouse Supervisor

Kat Bamford

Warehouse Supervisor

Kat originally worked with FareShare South West during the pandemic, covering virtually every warehouse role to get things done! She rejoined us in April 2024 and enjoys the variety: working with volunteers, booking in deliveries, checking picks are correct, emailing charities, checking stock, checking the vans – even cooking lunch.

“I like the little bit you can put in into a big team to make a big difference.”

Kat Bamford

Sam Pillay

Warehouse Supervisor (Devon and Cornwall)

Sam Pillay

Warehouse Supervisor (Devon and Cornwall)

Sam first joined us as a regular volunteer in our Plymouth warehouse, and we were all thrilled when he made the transition to a member of staff. As Warehouse Supervisor, he is jointly responsible for operations including incoming deliveries of food; logging them on our system; van coordination and efficient stocktaking practices across the site to maximise the food that reaches projects in Devon and Cornwall.

Our Trustees

Andy Street

Chair of Trustees

Andy Street

Chair of Trustees

Andy Street is a founder and Chair of FareShare South West. In parallel with a successful career as an environmental consultant and international waste management specialist (one of the five founding Directors of global consultancy SLR) Andrew has in recent years increasingly become involved in charity work and social enterprise / business in Bristol, and also actively supporting microfinance and social investment in the developing world. 

In addition to his commitment to FSSW, Andy chairs and is involved in a number of other community based activities in Bristol, including FSSW member Crisis Centre Ministries and the Feeding Bristol initiative.

Andrew is an active member of Woodlands Church in Bristol, and passionate about putting his faith into action. His interests include travel, photography and hiking, and he has always enjoyed all sports.

Claire Ackland

Trustee

Claire Ackland

Trustee

Claire was born in Pakistan and came to the UK for further studies. She has one son and now calls Bristol home.
Her background is in IT management and she has spent time on projects in Paris and Germany.
Since retiring, she has spent some time as a trustee for a national mental health charity, and is now enjoying being a trustee at FareShare South West, alongside volunteering at the Refugee Women of Bristol.

Claire Burden

Trustee

Claire Burden

Trustee

Claire Burden leads the Advisory Consulting practice at the professional services and investment management firm Evelyn Partners. As part of this work, she leads pro bono charity projects and has a particular focus on social inequality. Claire joined FareShare South West to help more people by increasing food delivery volumes. She wants to raise awareness in the corporate world to bolster support for this amazing charity.

Claire lives in Bristol. Her three children keep her busy, but she makes sure to find time for her love of cold water swimming, camping and generally being outdoors.

Bethany Eaves

Trustee

Bethany Eaves

Trustee

I have been an accountant since 2017 when I joined Evelyn Partners fresh out school. There was a brief gap where I tried university but realised quickly it wasn’t for me and I wanted to get going straight away in my career. After 5 years, I became fully qualified as an ACCA Chartered accountant and promoted to the management team. Living in a post-exam world, I am keen to contribute more to the area I have lived in all my life as well as being able to use what I have learnt (and continue to!) in my day job to those who benefit therefore FareShare South West sounded like the perfect opportunity and I am very excited to join the board.

Tristan Hogg

Trustee

Tristan Hogg

Trustee

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Pieminister, Tristan Hogg joined Fareshare South West as a Trustee in 2021. Tristan and the team at Pieminister are working to support a more sustainable food system in the UK, significantly reducing food waste and donating surplus pies to good causes. Between 2014 and 2020 they donated over 150,000 pies to FareShare South West alone. This initiative is one of many that Pieminister has undertaken as part of a series of sustainability goals which include a 10% increase in charitable support year on year and a 50% reduction of food waste across the business by 2025.

Jo Ingleby

Trustee

Jo Ingleby

Trustee

Jo Ingleby is the director of The Children’s Kitchen which is a Feeding Bristol project bringing food and growing to children and families, from early years up, in areas of food insecurity. The project encourages children and FOOD Club members to explore and cook with Fareshare South West fresh produce every week. Jo is a chef, food educator and keen grower who was awarded the BBC Cook of the Year award in 2015.

Alan John

Company Secretary

Alan John

Company Secretary

Alan has been company secretary of FareShare South West since its establishment in Bristol in 2007.

He is a consultant at the Bristol office of international law firm Osborne Clarke, having previously for many years lead the firm’s environment and energy group. His legal specialism (and passion) is advising on renewable energy and wider climate change, sustainability and decarbonisation challenges and opportunities.

He is a director of Regen SW, the independent centre of sustainable energy expertise based in the South West of England that promotes the transition to a smart low-carbon energy system. He has also for many years been a member of and served in leadership roles at Holy Trinity Church in Hotwells, Bristol.

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