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Senior Creative Partner, Hubbub & Food Savvy

Tessa is a Senior Creative Partner at environmental charity, Hubbub and campaign lead for Food Savvy, a collaborative food waste reduction campaign with Norfolk County Council and Suffolk Waste Partnership.
Tessa’s developed Hubbub’s, food work over the last six years. This includes creating campaigns to reduce food waste, increase food skills, and promote low meat diets, working with leading brands, local Government and community groups to create lasting change.

Founder, Together We Grow

Wayne is the founder of Together We Grow CIC, a social enterprise based in Colchester. 
Wayne passionately believes in the unifying power of growing food plants and the wellbeing effects that being close to nature, close to the soil and close to each other can bring to the lives of our communities.  Improving wellbeing, mental health, physical health and educational opportunities.

Owner, Paul Thompson Events

Paul draws on 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, 19 years of which have been dedicated to honing his skills as a committed chef in the kitchens of hotels, restaurants and event catering companies. Paul’s career has also seen him involved in food development, where he has worked closely with some of Suffolk’s premier food producers.  
Now at the helm of his own business, Paul Thompson Events, he can be found anywhere from cooking in a field kitchen for 200 wedding guests, to a studio kitchen for international recording artists and, more recently, opening an in-house cafe for a national corporate client. 

Hannah Worsley

Hannah Worsley

Project Manager, Norwich Foodbank

Hannah joined Norwich foodbank in 2014 as the Development Manager, with one particular focus being the new school holiday project FISH (Food (and Fun) In School Holidays) and rolling it out to churches, schools and communities that summer. She took on the Project Manager's role in 2015 and has continued to develop and grow the charity, meeting the needs of those referred and exploring new opportunities with partner organisations.
Prior to Norwich foodbank, Hannah worked in a women's residential rehab and for 10 years, joined and eventually led, church teams in mission trips to an orphanage in Bulgaria where practical building work was needed, as well as support and activities for the children there.

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Nikki Insley

Nikki Insley

Head of Membership, Community and Insight, East of England Co-op

Nikki has worked at the East of England Co-op for almost nine years.  As part of her role as Head of Membership, Community and Insight she oversees the membership programme and community outreach activity for the Society including the operation of the East of England Co-op Community Cares Fund.
The fund was created in response the Coronavirus pandemic. It uses grants to support community groups adapting and creating support services and activities in response to the crisis.  The first grants, totalling £75K, were shared amongst local foodbanks, Age UK and Community Foundations for Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. In the last eight months the fund has given away more than £254K worth of grants with over £100K of these being to food banks and other organisations dealing with the consequences of food poverty. 

Helen Raven

Helen Raven

Senior Community Manager, East of England Co-op

Helen has over 20 years’ experience in communications and marketing in the public sector and more recently for the East of England Co-op where she supported the Community Team before taking on the role of Senior Community Manager. 
Having started her career at a regional newspaper creating free websites for local good causes and charities to promote themselves and their activities, Helen has come full circle in her role helping local community groups to access funding and support.