VfL is a charity and is directed by a board of trustees, who work voluntarily.
Our key team is:
Company Secretary/ Director
Tina retired from full time work three years ago after 11 years as Chief Executive of the Vegetarian Society UK. Before working for VegSoc, which includes the Cordon Vert Cookery School, Tina’s career was in public administration in senior roles with Liverpool City Council. She is a Director and previous Chair of the International Vegetarian Union, an ex-Trustee and Patron of the Wirral Green Alliance and an ex-Trustee of Vegetarian Housing Association.
Amanda Woodvine - VfL Co-ordinator England
Amanda currently works as an editor on public health and clinical guidance. She previously worked in an advisory role in both nutritional and legal environments, including a four-year spell as the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation’s senior nutritionist. She remains a consultant for the same organisation, and also for a national website specialising in early years’ nutrition.
Antony Byatt - Treasurer
Antony works for the Vegetarian Society UK Ltd as its Finance Manager. He is also a trustee of Vegetarian Housing Assocation and has been involved in the vegetarian movement for many years.
Peter Lakey – Chair
Peter is a retired businessman with wide commercial experience as a company director. He is a Chair of Flagship Housing Group - with over 22,000 properties, the largest social housing and care provider in Eastern England - and, over the years, has served in a number of voluntary roles, including magistrate and school governor. He also chairs Vegetarian Housing Association and is an ex-Chair of the Vegetarian Society UK.
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. Diane is also a trustee of the Vegetarian Housing Association.
Ray is an information support officer at the Vegetarian Society UK Ltd - his is the friendly voice you are likely to hear if you call for assistance or need advice on a vegetarian lifestyle. Ray is also a trustee of the Vegetarian Housing Association.
Additional trustee/ advisor needed
The VfL trustees would welcome expressions of interest from anyone involved in hospital or other large scale catering either as a trustee or as a member of our advisory panel. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. The board meets four times a year .
VfL is also pleased to be supported by a number of specialist and professional advisors. These are:
Dr Justine Butler ( PhD, BSc (Hons), Freelance writer )
Alex Connell ( Principal Tutor, Cordon Vert Catering School)
Carol Gilligan ( Residential Care Home Manager)
Christine Heron ( Specialist in Health/ Social Care)
Sandra Hood ( Dietitian, Bsc Hons, RD)
If you would like to consider joining our board of trustees or being one of our voluntary advisors please contact Tina Fox who would be happy to provide further information.