Partnership Director

Dr Sam Cartwright

Sam comes to us from a background in the nature conservation sector. She is delighted to have joined us as Partnership Director, following five years with the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust where she was most recently the Head of Wider Countryside Conservation for the three counties, and the chair of Berkshire Local Nature Partnership.

She has collaborated with local government, statutory bodies and NGOs to move nature up the policy agenda and get results on the ground. Sam is excited to now be leading the BFP in its journey towards a sustainable food system for Buckinghamshire and will ensure that together the Partnership is a force for positive change across all aspects of the food system.

Sam has a doctorate in ecology and spent several years in Mauritius for her field research. She has also been involved with wildlife conservation and research programmes in Uganda, Djibouti, and in Britain. She lives in the Buckinghamshire Chilterns and can often be found running in the local hills.

Partnership Coordinator

Viv Stein

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.