I helped to establish the National Food Alliance in the UK in the mid-1980s. The NFA eventually became, in 1999, Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming. From the beginning it was clear that the public health approach to nutrition not only made more sense, but also worked better than the individualistic and reductionist approach. Public health nutrition is also a much better fit with the approaches we need to take to create and maintain sustainable food and farming systems in an era of climate change.
My first degree was in international relations, and my master’s in development studies. I have spent my working life in campaigning organisations. My first job was as a policy analyst at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. After five years I moved on to campaigning at the Coronary Prevention Group. Four years on I became co-ordinator of the National Food Alliance, alongside undertaking consultancy work for other health-related organisations. I continued as Co-ordinator when the NFA merged with SAFE (the Sustainable Agriculture Food and Environment Alliance) to become Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming. At Sustain now, I co-ordinate a team of campaigners and project officers.