Our Team
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Mickey Reedy / Co – Director

Mickey is most at home in an apron. When she is not delivering workshops, she is a cook at Global Generation’s Skip Garden Café where she works with volunteers, young people and her good friends Rita and Whale, the organisation’s chickens. Having completed a PGCE in 2013, Mickey enjoys taking part in food related activities in diverse educational settings. She has been jointly co-ordinating Edible Education since its inception. Mickey is dedicated to celebrating all things edible and integrating environmental and social justice with with her day to day activities as a cook and an educator.


Sam Packer / Co – Director

Sam is an enthusiastic gardener, researcher and believer in the power of food. Working in a cooperative of producers in Machynlleth Mid-Wales he grows for a Community Supported Agriculture scheme, while coordinating Mach Maethlon the local incredible edible project. Sam has an MSc in Food Policy and has applied this research experience to the Food Values Project in Wales as well as work with This is Rubbish. Sam joined This is Rubbish as part of the Stop the Rot team in 2014 and has been a director since 2016.


Poppy Flint / Co – Director

Poppy is a creative at heart and dedicated to educating and inspiring people of all ages to engage with environmental and social issues. She holds a BA in Theatre: Design for Performance and an MSc in Education for Sustainability, and currently works as a freelance educator and project coordinator. Poppy has been involved with This is Rubbish (TiR) since it was founded in 2009. She conceived of the values-led Edible Education project for This is Rubbish in 2014 and continues to be a co-coordinator. Poppy is deeply engaged in her local east London community, currently developing a Waltham Forest Food Rescuers volunteer network.

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Vera Zakharov / Co – Director

Vera Zakharov is an experienced campaigner and community activist with a passion for tackling food waste and supporting community food-sharing. She is the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s Love Food Hate Waste Campaign Coordinator, and the Sussex Gleaning Coordinator with Feedback. She is also the cofounder of the Food Waste Collective and a volunteer cook with Casserole Club. Her interests lie in local solutions to global issues, and celebrating food as a way to reconnect people with their communities and the environment. She lives with her partner and cat near the sea and loves a good forage.


Luke Purdye / Co – Director

Growing up in rural Herefordshire Luke was no stranger to working with and having a close relationship with the food we eat. Studying Zoology at Bristol, he became involved with FoodCycle Society and was soon running their Pop-up Restaurant. This sparked an awareness of and interest in human environmental impacts and he has not looked back since. Having spent time at the Green Party and running Bristol’s annual festival of sustainability, Big Green Week, he now works for the Environmental Justice Foundation, campaigning in the area where human rights and environmental security meet.

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Martin Bowman / EU Campaigns Manager

Martin has been a campaigner dedicated to fighting food waste since saving a damaged copy of Tristram Stuart’s book Waste from being thrown away in a bookshop in 2009. Since making wonky veg puppets and dressing up as a fox for This is Rubbish in 2011, he co-wrote TIR’s Counting What Matters Report, and was Campaigns and Media Coordinator for TIR’s Stop the Rot campaign. He currently manages This is Rubbish’s EU Food Waste Campaign. Since 2012, he’s also been the UK Gleaning Coordinator for Feedback, coordinating a UK-wide network to harvest food that would otherwise have been wasted on farms, and redistributing it to charities dealing with food poverty – see his TEDx talk


Pascale Robinson / Youth Session Worker & Edible Education Coordinator

Pascale is a campaigner and project manager who wants everyone to know they can be instigators for positive change. For Pascale, tackling food waste offers great solutions to several social and environmental justice issues and she has been campaigning on food waste since 2014 when she first rifled through a bin. She helped set up a food waste redistribution and reduction network for businesses in Edinburgh, has worked for Feedback as campaign and events coordinator since 2015, and is really happy to be new member of the Edible Education team, coordinating sessions for young people and making a lot of fruit kebabs along the way.