VfL People

Key Team

Amanda Woodvine

Amanda Woodvine

Chief Executive Officer

Amanda is a qualified nutritionist, who joined Vegetarian for Life’s board as a trustee in 2009. Her early career was spent working in Wills and Probate law, mostly advising an older client base. After spells working for Viva! Health and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – and voluntary roles, including citizen advocacy – she was able to combine multiple interests in her role as CEO of Vegetarian for Life.

Amanda is also the founding director of Eat Green (UK), an award-winning NGO based in Manchester.

Candice Nel

Candice Nel

Marketing & Stewardship Executive

Candice has over 10 years’ marketing experience, gained working for some of the UK’s big banks where she managed loyalty programmes and customer engagement. Deciding to make her professional life more personal, Candice spent 2 years working as a live-in care assistant, supporting elderly and disabled clients in their homes. In between client care work, she travelled to places including South Africa, Malawi and Mozambique, exploring the continent of her birth. Candice is a student with the Open University working towards obtaining a BSc in Psychology.

Working for Vegetarian for Life allows Candice to combine passions – promoting and leading a more sustainable compassionate lifestyle, and supporting compassionate care and well-being of the elderly.

Maggie Lister

Maggie Lister

Roving Chef

Maggie has worked and volunteered for a number of charities over the past 10 years: from large international organisations to small local food charities across the North West of England. She has extensive experience of cooking and creating vegetarian and vegan meals, gained from working in a variety of roles in the hospitality sector.

Maggie is also a Fine Art graduate and current postgraduate student with an interest in human and animal rights, environmental issues, politics and activism. Being in a kitchen is what she enjoys the most, because it allows her to teach others while enabling her to share knowledge of nutritious plant-based cruelty-free food.

Oliver Bragg

Oliver Bragg

Roving Chef

Working as an artist and combining this with an interest in nutritional health, Oliver aims to create healthy, beautiful dishes that reflect his passion for seasonality and sustainability.

As a chef he has worked in a variety of kitchens ranging from raw food to award-winning vegetarian cuisine. He enjoys redefining contemporary non-meat cuisine by experimenting with original flavour combinations and modern techniques, as well as considering optimum nutritional needs. He enjoys working with others in educating on plant-based diets.

Kim Stringer

Kim Stringer

Director (Scotland)

For the last 10 years Kim has been a Research Officer in Primary Care, working on many studies focused on improving the health of older people. Prior to this she completed a PhD in English Literature and spent some time teaching in college, university, and adult education. Kim also worked in the theatre for a number of years and has worked as a volunteer for a number of good causes.

Kim has been vegetarian for most of her adult life and she supports a variety of vegetarian and animal rescue charities. Kim takes a keen interest in environmental issues and in promoting the well being of older people.

Mike Ashbridge

Mike Ashbridge

Director (Wales)

Mike worked for many years as an investment analyst and fund manager in the City of London. Over time, he developed a wide range of financial and marketing skills in his role as a director of an investment bank.

After leaving the City in 2000, and subsequently moving to Pembrokeshire, he was able to concentrate on causes and work that were close to his heart. He worked as a volunteer in a hospice and then became Fundraising Coordinator for Wales Air Ambulance in Pembrokeshire. During this time he forged strong links with the local media and community and also initiated many new fundraising ventures.

He supports a number of vegetarian and animal rescue charities and also leads humanist ceremonies in West Wales.

Trustees

Diane Moreton

Diane Moreton

Chair

Diane is a former solicitor. After a spell working with disadvantaged women with literacy problems and college lecturing, Diane made a career move into the care field and now manages the Domiciliary Care Department of a Gloucestershire charity for older people, which also runs a nursing home and a dementia care unit.

Barbara Sharp

Barbara Sharp

Barbara was a nurse and nurse teacher in the NHS, mainly in the care of older people, for 18 years prior to joining the voluntary organisation Alzheimer Scotland. She has specialised in the support of people with dementia for over 25 years and currently works across Alzheimer Scotland and University of West of Scotland as Policy and Research Advisor. She completed a PhD in nursing with a thesis on stress in dementia in 2015. Barbara has been vegetarian for over 40 years and a consistent activist in issues of human and animal rights and green politics.

David Pye

David Pye

David has been vegetarian for over 40 years and has worked as both a research scientist and an IT consultant. He also holds a Masters degree in digital media production. Over the last 15 years David has set up several UK companies and taken two of them forward to become successful local charities with over 30 employees. These charities specialise in energy efficiency and organic gardening. David is a member of the council of the International Vegetarian Union where he serves as treasurer. He is also a fellow of the UK Vegetarian Society and served as their Chair for several years. His particular area of interest is the environmental aspect of vegetarianism and he has spoken at several international congresses on this topic.

Dorota Holowiak

Dorota Holowiak

Treasurer

Dorota has been a vegetarian for 25 years. With a strong interest in healthy vegetarian lifestyles, she has been a longstanding member of the Vegetarian Society UK. She works as a Compliance Manager at a hedge fund based in London, and prior to that for 10 years she was a University Teaching Fellow at the University College London. Both her current and past roles included bookkeeping duties.

Ray O’Leary

Ray O’Leary

Ray worked for many years as Information Support Officer at the Vegetarian Society, offering help and advice on a range of vegetarian lifestyle issues. He has a history of campaigning, from Green party politics to animal rights issues. Although now semi-retired, Ray continues to offer help and support in the local community, volunteering at various events, including vegetarian/vegan food fayres, animal shelters and community centres.

Valerie Wright

Valerie Wright

Val has worked in the care sector for the last 20 years. This is largely with older people as a home carer and support worker in residential care homes. For the last 14 years she has worked for Social Services in Wales as a social worker and assistant team manager.

A vegetarian since childhood, Val has been vegan for the last few years. She takes a keen interest in animal welfare issues and campaigns.

Would you like to join us?

We’d love to hear from anyone involved in larger-scale or hospital catering who might be interested in becoming a trustee or a member of our advisory panel.

Please contact us for further information.

The board meets four times a year.

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