Vegetarian for Life

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.

Trustees

Alison Nunnick

Alison Nunnick

Trustee

Alison became involved with V for Life in 2020 because the charity linked her interests and passions. Alison is vegetarian (almost vegan) and has worked throughout her career in social care predominantly with older people living with dementia receiving care and support. Alison has worked in the Care Inspectorate and has seen first-hand the importance of continued support for the spiritual and life choices of vegetarian and vegans, often starting with, but going beyond the ‘food on the plate’. The rights of vulnerable people, the welfare of animals, and the environment continue to be her major concerns and passions.

Barbara Sharp

Barbara Sharp

Chair

Barbara is a registered nurse and nurse teacher who worked in the NHS, specialising in the care of older people, for 18 years. She then joined the voluntary sector organisation, Alzheimer Scotland, where she held a variety of operational, practice development, policy and research posts in the support of people with dementia and their families for 30 years, until her retirement in November 2020. During this time, Barbara completed a PhD on stress and dementia, and worked extensively with academic partners to deliver national educational programmes to support Scotland’s Dementia Strategy. On her retirement, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to dementia in Scotland.

Barbara has been vegetarian, now vegan, for 46 years and active in human and animal rights, and green politics throughout her adult life.

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.

Give

Support VfL's important mission.

Subscribe to our email newsletter

* indicates required
Click here to tailor the news that you receive from us.
Are you:

(Check as many apply)

How we treat your data