Peter Maddox

Peter was at the charity WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) for 15 years until the end of 2020. He was Director in the last 6 years where he led successful UK wide programmes on food waste, plastic packaging and recycling. He has worked closely with national and local governments as well as businesses and NGOs to inspire a collaborative approach to addressing environmental and social issues in relation to food and other resources.

With his interests in food access and food waste, Peter is delighted to be Chair of the Trustee Board. He is currently doing this alongside a few advisory roles in the environment sector.

Peter has lived for 16 years in the village of Beachampton in the far north of Bucks. He can often be found walking his dog and cycling in the region.

Victoria Topham

Victoria has a professional background in Finance and worked for 20 years in a variety of roles in client service and the media industry until 2016.  Moving to a portfolio career Victoria now supports charities and works with North Star Transition supporting collaborative and systemic change initiatives.

Based in South Buckinghamshire since 2006 but originally from Arbroath, Victoria comes from an area of Scotland with a strong heritage of fishing and farming, picking berries and tatties (potato’s) and helping out with lambing as a teenager. With an interest in specialised food producers and healthy family cooking Victoria is looking forward to supporting the charity and the local food economy of Buckinghamshire.

Tom Beeston

Tom is the Chief Officer at the Chiltern Society, based in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. He studied Agriculture at Harper Adams University College and completed an MSc in Food Policy at City University. Across his career he has worked and run businesses across all aspects of the food, farming sector and conservation sectors, across Europe, Africa, Australia, India and the USA. He has been as supporter and volunteer with organisations like Sustain, the Alliance for Food and Farm, Slow Food and the Guild of Fine Food for over 20 years. If he’s not at work or walking in the Chilterns, you’ll either find him growing food in his garden or cooking.

Robert Carington

Robert has lived in Buckinghamshire all his life and is a director of a family rural estate in Buckinghamshire. The Estate’s main focus is farming but it also runs a diverse portfolio of businesses such as commercial and residential property and leisure, which involves arable, livestock, forestry and environmental schemes. He also combines this with a job with a membership organisation with a focus on tax and succession planning.

Robert also represents Ridgeway West ward on Buckinghamshire Council as a new member of the Council being first elected in May 2021. He sits on the Transport, Environment and Climate Change Committee, Audit and Governance Committee and the Standards and General Purposes Committee. He also represents the Council as one of its representatives on the Chiltern Conservation Board.

Karen Anderson FCA

Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, Karen has built up over 20 years of finance experience across a number of industries. She has been involved in several start-ups, including establishing her own accountancy practice and growing it into a successful business. After selling this in 2014, she switched her focus to raising her family. Karen now works as senior accountant and business manager for an accountancy firm in Marlow. Karen is looking forward to using her skills to drive forward this charitable venture. In her spare time, Karen is a CrossFit and exercise enthusiast, and can often be found wrestling with a barbell or running with her dog Murphy.

Meghann Sherwood

After six years with the Rothschild Foundation, Meghann is now Grants and Partnerships Manager at the A Team Foundation, a charity that funds food and land projects that are ecologically, economically and socially conscious. Meghann is currently studying part-time towards a MSc in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment at Bayes Business School, City University (formerly Cass).  Born in Australia and raised in New Zealand, Meghann moved to the UK in 2012 and now lives in the market town of Winslow. Diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 16,  she is delighted to see a growing body of research evidencing the link between healthy soils, nutritious food, thriving gut microbiomes and mental health. Meghann hopes to empower others to recognise food as a key contributor to their own good health. As a keen no-dig allotmenter, it is not uncommon to find half empty seed packets in her coat pockets and secateurs in her car.

Sarah McKinnon

Sarah owns and manages a Buckinghamshire based food business and is passionate about healthy, accessible and local food.

Prior to following her passion into the food industry, Sarah trained as a lawyer and held a variety of legal, public policy and operational roles in both the UK and Australian civil service. 

Away from work she enjoys hunting out new local food discoveries and exploring the Chilterns, usually with her energetic Springer Spaniel Percy, leading the way.