Our Board of Trustees

SOFEA, thanks to the expertise of our Trustees, enables people to transform their lives. Our Board of Trustees is a voluntary board and meets formally six times a year (the majority online) and the expectation is that Trustees attend these meetings and either join one of the Board’s Committees or act as a Link Trustee for part of the organisation.

Our Trustees

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Chair of Trustees

Joanna has wide ranging experience in the food industry spanning the commercial, educational and charitable aspects of the sector and is also an experienced mentor, Trustee and Chair.  First introduced to SOFEA while serving as a senior executive at FareShare, Joanna was immediately impressed by the supportive environment and ...

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Vice Chair of Trustees

Extensive skills and experience in strategy, communications, change management, stakeholder engagement, and business continuity developed over 20 years in local government and the not for profit sector. A track record of delivering significant organisation-wide improvements and proud to be part of SOFEA’s ongoing success.

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Trustee- Treasurer

Andy has over 20 years’ experience as a director, advisor and investor with experience across a wide range of industries and sectors including education, hospitality and manufacturing. He has a particular interest in developing young people’s skills and sustainability efforts, and is proud to support SOFEA. He has trained ...

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Trustee

Elliot has 12 years of Operational leadership experience within logistics with one of the largest food retailer’s. He is passionate about developing young talent and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow to ensure that everyone can have the opportunity to excel in life and become what they want to be, ...

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Trustee

Aileen is currently Head of Philanthropy at The Felix Project where she manages significant individual donations and stewardship. Prior to this, she has held fundraising roles across education, medical research, and animal welfare.

Aileen is a graduate of the University of Oxford where she was also awarded ...

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Jonathan has been a Senior Civil Servant at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education since its formation in 2017. Prior to joining the civil service, he was a teacher for 18 years, culminating in seven years as a deputy head in a large all-through independent school in East London. He ...

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Matt has over 25 years experience as a director and non-exec in the technology, consumer goods and research & development sectors. He has a particular interest in young people’s access to education and skills and has been inspired by SOFEA’s work combining education and training with opportunities for ...

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Arani is a social researcher with a background in fundraising research and impact measurement. Her roles have covered a range of sectors including climate change and education. The intersection of SOFEA’s work in these areas drew her to the charity’s mission to improve the lives of local ...

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Trustee

An advocate for social mobility and educational reform, he is passionate about the fact that your future is not determined by where you are born or what jobs your parents have or don't have.

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Trustee- Data Protection

Rachel is a Technology leader who has over 20 years’ experience working in global organisations in IT transformation, digital strategy, and data management.

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Trustee - Community

I'm a lecturer at Oxford Brookes Business School and a Trustee to a few charities including SOFEA. I am a self proclaimed "Community Ambassador" and I use that as a bridge to set up and lead initiatives within my immediate community.

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Trustee- Safeguarding

Beckie has volunteered at her local food bank since 2016 and is passionate about projects that ensure everyone has access to food. When the opportunity arose to become a trustee, she immediately felt that SOFEA was working in areas that were important to her and jumped at the chance to be involved.  

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Clerk to Trustees

Lucinda is a Small Business Operations and Governance expert, with over 25 years’ experience in the Finance, Retail, Insurance, Childcare, Charities and emerging markets sectors. She specialises in supporting Charities with their Governance and Compliance and works with a number of organisations focussing on their organisational and operational resilience. Having ...