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 Chief Executive of Vegetarian for Life.
Roving Chef (Scotland)
Claire has a love for vegetarian food that led to her studying Food Processing at Glasgow College of Food Technology. Here she began her culinary journey into food manufacturing, development and food safety training. Hungry for more knowledge on the influence of food on our wellbeing, Claire went on to become a REHIS accredited tutor and a Healthyliving Award Assessor.
In addition, she works closely with the NHS Health Improvement Teams to provide community cookery demos across central Scotland.
Cookery & Training Outreach Coordinator
Ellie has a background in food and nutrition and has worked in the community sector delivering cookery courses and nutrition training for a number of years. Having worked for the NHS for 9 years and in recent years founding her own business, she is looking forward to combining multiple interests in her role as cookery and training outreach co-ordinator, supporting older vegetarians and vegans.
Outside of V for Life she enjoys cooking new vegan recipes, travel and trying new dishes from around the world.
Campaigns & Media Officer
Katie has worked in the journalism sector for the past 10 years and will now use her skills to help support the needs of older vegetarians and vegans. She has worked on numerous campaigns with MPs and other large organisations. Outside of work Katie supports a number of environmental and animal charities. Since going vegan 5 years ago Katie has become an endurance cyclist.
Business Development Officer
Kieran is a passionate vegan who previously worked for the Vegetarian Society as marketing officer working with various vegetarian and vegan brands. Outside of Vegetarian for Life Kieran is studying towards a degree in music at BIMM Manchester.
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.
Office Administrator and Membership Support Officer
Oliver is a passionate vegan with a background in working with older people and community projects. He has a degree in Environmental Protection and has previously worked for regeneration charity Groundwork UK. Outside of Vegetarian for Life, Oliver supports a number of animal and environmental charities and enjoys mountain climbing and cycling.
Information Officer and PA to the Chief Executive
Intersectionality is at the top of Jasmine’s vegan agenda, which is why she loves working at V for Life, a charity supporting both people and animals. Outside of work, Jasmine is doing a masters degree in Political Economy. She is an active supporter of the Palestinian Animal League, and other local campaign groups.
Maggie has a keen interest in food, arts, and health and, through her job as a Roving Chef, aims to improve people’s lives through these. Working in the voluntary and charity sector for over 10 years has given Maggie a range of experience. While learning from others is key to her work she’s always on the look out for a new challenge!
After the completion of her postgraduate studies at the University of Manchester, Maggie enjoys self-directed learning and in particular trying new dishes and cooking techniques. Outside of VfL Maggie continues to volunteer for a number of charities relating to human rights and activism, and is a keen musician.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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!
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