Governance & regional contacts

Key Team

Amanda Woodvine

Amanda Woodvine

Chief Executive

Amanda brings around two decades’ experience of NGO governance and operations, including community engagement, advocacy, campaigns, publishing, and marketing. She joined Vegetarian for Life’s board as a trustee in 2009, and is currently a trustee of two charities, supporting older adults and people living with dementia.

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.

Róisín Erskine

Róisín Erskine

Community Engagement Officer (NI)

Róisín has spent the last 15 years facilitating individual and community development across Northern Ireland. Typically working with marginalised communities facing multiple and complex needs, her work has always been tailored to minimise the negative health implications of poverty; identify & address barriers to participation; create bespoke opportunities & programmes; and enhance community infrastructure through collaborations.

Róisín has been vegetarian for 25 years and believes in a holistic approach to living with the planet, rather than off it. She teaches yoga therapy and sound therapy. She is also a musician and textile artist with over a decade of experience in festivals and events. When she’s not busy working, you can find her swimming in the Irish Sea, baking with her toddler, or running online ukulele events.

Kieran Whitehouse

Kieran Whitehouse

Business Development Officer

Kieran joined Vegetarian for Life in 2018 having worked previously with some of the world’s leading vegetarian and vegan brands at the Vegetarian Society.

As a vegetarian of 15 years (and vegan of 5), Kieran is passionate about animal welfare but also understands the needs of vegetarian and vegan consumers. This led him to his position of Business Development Officer at VfL.

Trustees

Barbara Sharp

Barbara Sharp

Chair

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.

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 social care for over 20 years. The majority of this time has been spent working with older people in a variety of settings such as hospitals, care homes and in their own homes. She is passionate about listening and learning from older people, supporting and advocating for their rights and helping to enable individuals live the life they choose.

Val has been vegetarian since childhood and takes a keen interest in animal welfare issues and campaigns. She enjoys reading about vegan cookery and trying out new recipes as often as possible!

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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