Meet the Board

Our board brings together local leaders with a passion for sustainable food from the public, private and third sector.

co-chair

Caroline Kenyon

Co-Chair

Caroline Kenyon is Founder/Director of The Food Awards Company, creating and delivering world-class food awards. She is also Parliamentary Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats in Lincoln. Spending the last 20 years working with the British food industry, her political role has led her to become involved with issues of food poverty and sustainability, aiming to secure practical and achievable solutions.

Co-Chair

Nigel Curry

Co-Chair

Nigel Curry is the founder and Chair of the Lincoln Food Partnership Board, is Founding Professor, at the Countryside and Community Research Institute and Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln. He is a Trustee of Community Lincs, a Director of Mint Lane Café and chaired the regional food board, Good Food East Midlands, 2016 – 2018.

Email me: nrcurry@hotmail.com

Alan Wilson

Alan Wilson is Chair of the Lincoln Community Larder. Since retiring as Head of Regulatory Compliance for an International Bank, he has served on the Lincoln Diocesan Trust and Board of Finance, has originated and project managed two pilgrimage routes to Lincoln Cathedral and been an active member of Rotary International. He is committed to helping those in our community in need of food in times of crisis but also seeks to support a more integrated approach to promoting healthier and sustainable food for all.

Abdul Nasir Siddiqui

Abdul is the lead Dawah and Education officer at the Lincoln Mosque, where he organises charitable events and programmes to help vulnerable people.

He also has an education role, mentoring and training new volunteers, and working in classroom settings with Skills for Life.

Abdul has been a Director at the Centre for Reconciliation in Lincoln, where he works with faith communities and interfaith organisations to increase cooperation and understanding between people of all faith backgrounds, and none.

Simon Hoare

Simon Hoare

Simon is the Chief Executive for Acts Trust, a charity founded by Alive Church in 2007. Simon trained as a debt counsellor with Christians Against Poverty, founding the CAP Lincoln debt centre. He has since helped to develop several other Acts Trust projects, including the Restore Furniture project and Lincoln Foodbank, which deliver aid to those in need across the City. Simon is a founding member and Chair of the Lincoln Active Faith Network. In 2016 he was awarded a Mayoral Medal for his commitment to tackling poverty in Lincoln.

Rev Alan Robson

Alan Robson

Rev Canon Alan Robson MSc FRaGS FRAS-Agricultural Chaplain is a Methodist Minister (Lincoln Circuit) and Ecumenical Canon of Honour Lincoln Cathedral. Alan has served as Agricultural Chaplain for 20 years with ties to other Boards and projects, including Green Synergy, council member of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society (‘progenitor’ of the EPIC Building £7m project to highlight technologies to mitigate climate impact) and Lincoln Agricultural Society Educational Committee.

Jason O'Rourke

Jason O’Rourke

As a Head Teacher at Washingborough Academy, Jason has spoken at numerous conferences on the influence that schools can have on food sustainability and ‘Food Literacy’. Our school are the only in-house school caterer to have achieved the Soil Associations Gold Catering Mark, as well as being a Gold Food for Life School. We have appeared on national TV for our work in addressing childhood obesity and are a case study school for the government’s Childhood Obesity.

Martin Walmsley

Head of Shared Revenues and Benefits for City of Lincoln Council and North Kesteven District Council, Martin has worked in Revenues and Benefits services for 30 years. He has led initiatives relating to anti-poverty, welfare reforms and Universal Credit support, and has a passion to work with partners to alleviate food poverty and provide a range of holistic solutions to help people get the help they need. Working with food banks is a key component in this work.

Amy Thomas

Amy Nichols-Thomas has worked for Community Lincs since 2003, currently as Operations Manager, with responsibility for managing the fieldwork officers and overseeing the delivery and management of all external contracts. Amy is also the organisation’s Quality lead.

Mark Finn

Mark is the Chief Retail Officer for Lincolnshire Co-op looking after all their food stores. He has been in Lincoln for over 5 years and has a wealth of retail experience behind him spanning 30 years.

Paul Hamnett

Paul joined Lincoln City Foundation in 2013 and has overseen the growth of the charity that aims to increase people’s physical, mental and social well being. The Foundation delivers a range of programmes through four key themes: Sport, Education, Health and Inclusion, and delivers a range of projects in schools that educate about healthy lifestyles. Away from work, Paul coaches a hockey team in Nottingham.

Dr Sarah Chaudhary

Dr Sarah Chaudhary has a background is in community health research. She has worked widely in the area of the the impact of peer support and lay expertise on patient health and healthcare delivery. She is currently based at Lincolnshire County Council Public Health Directorate where she is working  diet, food systems and obesity.


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