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

Staff

Julian Mines

CEO

Julian Mines

CEO

Julian Mines, CEO

Julian joined FareShare South West in March 2017. He ensures that FareShare South West continues to move forward with the resources necessary to expand the impact of Fareshare’s work through local charities, schools and projects. Get in touch if you would like to partner with us in our quest to re-direct as much surplus food as possible to those in need.

julian@faresharesouthwest.org.uk

Charlie Mason

Head of Compliance

Charlie Mason

Head of Compliance

Charlie is our Head of Compliance, a new role that will ensure 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 SW (from a background in community recycling and reuse projects) as Warehouse Operations Manager in 2013 running the Little Ann Street centre, progressing to Operations Manager prior to the new 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.”

Nev McDermott

Community Food Member Support Officer

Nev McDermott

Community Food Member Support Officer

Nev started working for FareShare back in 2008 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 various CFM members. He works alongside Tracy, Zoe & Susy in the membership team.

Phoebe Ruxton

Head of Development

Phoebe Ruxton

Head of Development

Phoebe Ruxton, Head of Development

Phoebe joined the team in November 2017. She heads up our Fundraising and Communications, as well as leading the Membership team. For any questions about press or fundraising, get in touch at phoebe@faresharesouthwest.org.uk

Peter Clarke

Volunteer Manager

Peter Clarke

Volunteer Manager

Peter is began at FareShare South West as a student on his 3rd year Occupational Therapy Placement from UWE, assisting the then Volunteer Manager. After graduating, he took over the role on a part-time basis and, after a short break, returned in 2018 and has been here ever since!

Peter’s duties include recruitment and retention of volunteers, covering everything from legal compliance, outreach, liaising with support, employment and social services, as well as providing day-to-day advice and guidance to our volunteers, many of whom come from vulnerable backgrounds and diverse walks of life.

Peter says: “The thing I love most about the job is meeting new people, understanding their motivation to volunteer and individual needs, and supporting them to grow in confidence and self-belief. I’m rarely happier than when I hear that a volunteer who came to FSSW lacking skills or confidence is now at a point where they are moving on to education or employment, as I like to think I’ve been privileged to have been able to be with them on that journey, and help in what little ways I can.”

Get in touch with him to hear more about volunteering opportunities at FSSW: volunteer@faresharesouthwest.org.uk

Zoe Williams

Community Food Member Account Manager

Zoe Williams

Community Food Member Account Manager

Zoe looks after all our charity members and makes sure they get the right foods for their organisation. If you are interested in receiving food from us, want to change your membership or just want to find out more, Zoe’s your woman!

 

I started life here as a volunteer with food waste as my main concern, and soon realised the impact that FareShare makes to people’s lives is so important – helping charities save money on their food bills and getting access to good food to those struggling in our communities. That’s what drove me to apply for a role here. I now speak to charities across the South West about what we do, and look after our members once they’re getting food from us.
I’m a happy-go lucky type of gal, and I love being part of the whole FareShare South West family, volunteers, staff, members and everyone involved. Brilliant things happen when we all work together.
The best thing about my role is getting to meet and get to know so many fantastic people, working in charities that do amazing things in their area. It’s great to be able to help them using surplus food, and I’m always in awe of the fantastic work people are doing out there.

Steve Bottomley

Warehouse Supervisor

Steve Bottomley

Warehouse Supervisor

Steve works in our warehouse team along with Nev, Lucy and Charlie. Before working with us, Steve was one of our most dedicated volunteers for nearly three years! Steve knows the warehouse inside out and keeps everything running smoothly- he sees all food that goes in and out so if a volunteer can’t find a food item, Steve’s the man to call!

Sophie Pike

Warehouse Manager - Little Ann Street

Sophie Pike

Warehouse Manager - Little Ann Street

Sophie works in our warehouse with our team of around 150 volunteers, making sure everything runs smoothly. She joined our team after working down in Brighton for FareShare Sussex, so she knows a thing or two about the world of surplus food! As well as keeping the show on the road each day and making sure food gets to the charities we support, Sophie also helps coordinate corporate team days in the warehouse.

Susannah Salino

Business and Service Development Manager

Susannah Salino

Business and Service Development Manager

Susy is our Business and Service Development Manager and she heads up the Membership team. Her job focuses on the experience of being a member of FareShare South West as well as strategic planning for development in the region.
“I’ve been working for FareShare in some capacity for 3 years, and the part I have loved most is meeting so many inspiring people, making huge impacts in their local communities.
What I love most about working with the FareShare South West members is their passion and constant inventiveness and versatility in using food to enact social good”

Tracy Hibell

Community Food Member Support Officer

Tracy Hibell

Community Food Member Support Officer

Tracy is our amazing Community Food Member Support Officer. Tracy is the first port call for our members. She coordinates membership onboarding while working closely with the operations team.

“The thing I love most about working with our members is that they are all like minded in that they are absolutely dedicated and passionate about redistributing food to those who need it.  Also, they are really lovely people and a pleasure to  work beside”

Mathew Miles

Community Coordinator

Mathew Miles

Community Coordinator

Mat is in a joint role between FareShare South West and Feeding Bristol.  He’s part of the membership team, and works closely with all our FOOD Clubs and pantries, as well as helping our members who are involved in our FoodStock operation.

“I’m a passionate welshman and love nothing more than an afternoon spent watching Wales play rugby.  I’m always inspired by our amazing members, and all the creative, kind and caring ways they serve the people they work with”

Lucy Bearn

Head of Food and Logistics

Lucy Bearn

Head of Food and Logistics

Lucy is Head of Food & Logistics for FareShare South West. Her job is managing the supply of surplus food across all the warehouses in the region, which is then redistributed across the front line charities we work with. This can be a tricky task as surplus food varies in volume and variety throughout the year.

Lucy also works closely with local suppliers in the South West, to redirect their surplus food through FareShare South West for social good, whilst helping them reduce their food waste.

“It is staggering that every year over 250,000 tonnes of ready-to-eat food is wasted across the UK. What I love about working at FareShare South West, is knowing that food that could have been wasted, is being turned into thousands of meals for vulnerable people instead. I love talking with a new food supplier, about the good that their surplus food can do”

Dave Suckling

Finance Manager

Dave Suckling

Finance Manager

Dave spent over a year running our Ashton Gate warehouse during the emergency food operations of 2020-21. He has an incredible wealth of experience in finance and has since migrated to our offices to become our Finance Manager.

Amy Sinclair

Employability Programme Manager

Amy Sinclair

Employability Programme Manager

I have joined the team to design and implement FareShare South West’s Employability Programme.

The programme will initially offer 16 – 24yr olds, who are currently unemployed, a professional and personal development programme. This programme will take a holistic approach, with a focus on delivering further education, vocational training as well as developing work and life skills, based in one of our busy warehouses. I am super excited about this programme and especially working with FareShare South West.

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.

Charise Clarke

Volunteer Coordinator

Charise Clarke

Volunteer Coordinator

Charise started volunteering at FareShare South West in April 2020, picking the food in the warehouse for four months, when she was furloughed from her job in recruitment.

She started working full time as a supervisor in October 2020 at both our warehouses, but mainly working with our winter emergency food operation in Ashton Gate. She is now officially coordinating the volunteers at our South Bristol warehouse in St Judes.

Charise tells us what drew her to FareShare: “When I was 18 I learnt a lot about the food industry and became vegetarian because I was upset with how animals were treated and I was horrified to learn about how much food gets wasted in the U.K. I have always hated waste of all kinds and will make things from scratch and fix old things rather than throwing them away. I have always been aware of climate change and have wanted to reduce my impact. I have mostly worked in jobs helping others because that’s what motivates me rather than money. For ten years I worked a support worker for adults with learning disabilities, mental illnesses and physical disabilities, I then worked for two years with children as a teaching assistant. Working for FareShare South West coordinating the volunteers it’s like I’ve finally found my niche where I can use my compassion, empathy, organising and people skills to help a charity whose goals line up with what I want to see in the world.”

Kenver Easton

Warehouse Supervisor

Kenver Easton

Warehouse Supervisor

Kenver spends his days at the warehouse moving pallets and counting the stock on them. He also helps the volunteers with any questions they have and is our resident music expert – knowing exactly what soundtrack to be playing in the background, to keep everyone at the warehouse smiling!

Kenver says; “I like the range of people I get to work with here and how friendly everyone is.”

Nessa Jones

Warehouse Operations

Nessa Jones

Warehouse Operations

Tamzin Harrison

Warehouse Operations

Tamzin Harrison

Warehouse Operations

Simon Jarvis

Head of Operations

Simon Jarvis

Head of Operations

Simon is responsible for the practical side of getting our food to the organisations that need it. He enables the smooth operation of our warehouses, delivery infrastructure and volunteer teams.

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.”

Sophie Coles

Trusts & Grants Fundraising Manager

Sophie Coles

Trusts & Grants Fundraising Manager

Sophie joined FareShare South West in early 2021 as 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

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.

Alan John

Company Secretary

Alan John

Company Secretary

Claire Ackland

Trustee

Claire Ackland

Trustee

Claire was born in Pakistan and came here for further studies. She has one son and Bristol is home now.
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 along with volunteering at the Refugee Women of Bristol.

Eileen Togneri

Trustee

Eileen Togneri

Trustee

Eileen has been involved with FareShare South West since we first started operating in Bristol, back in 2007.  We have moved warehouse and come a long way in many other ways since then.

She was one of the first volunteers, initially acting as “girl Friday” to the manager, when there were only the two of us – one volunteer and one member of staff, Suzie.  Then she became the Volunteer Co-ordinator, recruiting and inducting around 200 volunteers over the next two or three years.

She then joined the Board as volunteer adviser, and eventually trustee.  Over the years, she has continued volunteering in the office and generally keeping up with the growth and development of this brilliant charity, which helps fight hunger, helps reduce food waste, and helps people by volunteering with us.  

The future looks rosy, and the more food, community food members and of course volunteers, the better.

Steve Marriott

Trustee

Steve Marriott

Trustee

Steve Marriott has been a trustee with FSSW since 2014. Working up to that point as Sustainability Manager for Bristol City Council. In that role Steve supported the work towards a more sustainable food system in the city and provided support to FSSW in raising the profile of its work. Since 2014 Steve has been working on the West of England LEADER programme which is a European funding programme to support rural development.

Paul Hazleden

Trustee

Paul Hazleden

Trustee

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.

Paul Hardwick

Trustee

Paul Hardwick

Trustee

Paul is a recently appointed Trustee. He trained as a chartered accountant and is currently chairman of Wyke Farms – a local family cheesemaker. Whilst at the company he has helped steer the business to becoming well known for its high sustainability values and for producing its own renewable energy with the aim of lowering the carbon footprint of all of its products. Paul has been in the food industry for over 30 years and is committed to ensuring that surplus food doesn’t go to waste and goes to people in need in the local community.

The food waste hierarchy calls for food to feed people first

Food companies are legally obliged to use food to feed people before sending to anaerobic digestion or for animal feed. We help them use their surplus to feed people first.

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