Interim Partnership Director
Karen was involved with the charity Aylesbury Homeless Action Group (AHAG) from its inception in 2009. She was the CEO for the past 8 years, before leaving in January 2022.
Within this time she developed and implemented a strategic plan to address the impact that homelessness had both on the individual and the local community. This included bringing key stakeholders together to work collaboratively.
Seeing first hand people who were hungry and the impact that this had on their physical and mental health, was something that had a profound effect on her.
It is this passion and a strong belief in communities working together to provide long term, sustainable solutions to food poverty, which has led her to become a trustee for BFP.
Karen has lived in North Buckinghamshire since she was a child and has worked and raised her family there. She enjoys nothing better than a walk in the local countryside with the occasional swim or kayak on a hot summer’s day!
Viv is a Nutritionist/Environmentalist with a background in food policy, campaigns, research, media, and project management. She has worked for a variety of organisations in the voluntary, health and public sectors. She helped develop a nutrition strategy for Wales with Food Standards Agency Wales and conducted a review of community food projects in Wales with Sustain. More recently she was involved with local fruit harvesting projects in London to pick and share surplus fruit in the community, and initiated research of local fruit harvesting groups across the UK with a view to developing the Abundance Network.
Having moved to Buckingham during the pandemic, she is pleased to be joining us as Partnership Coordinator and is keen to increase engagement with stakeholders and bring new stakeholders on board as the organisation develops.
Viv has a degree in Nutrition and Food Science/Environmental Biology and a Master’s in Human Nutrition. She can be found tending to her small back-garden orchard and making best use of the abundance of fruit.