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Board of Trustees

The FareShare Midlands Board of Trustees is responsible for our governance and strategic direction. The Board sets our strategic direction, scruitinises our performance and supports the Senior Management Team.

Find out more about our current Trustees.

Vince Craig

After Graduating with a degree in Food Science, Vince worked for two SMTs before joining Tesco and then Hazlewood Foods. He had ultimately senior roles in both organisations, including main PLC board experience with the latter company. He then set up a consultancy with worldwide clients in the food manufacturing and retail sectors. His involvement with the third sector increased during this time both at local and national level, including a 9-year period as a board member of FareShare UK.

Andrew Wilson

After retiring as a vet, Andrew went on to volunteer for a refugee and asylum seeker charity in Nottingham, whilst undertaking a Masters in Theological and Pastoral Studies. He is also a Recognised Lay Minister in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. Prior to becoming the Chair of Trustees for FS Midlands in 2017, he was chair of a charity which houses destitute refused asylum seekers, his local CVS, and an umbrella charity supporting visitors to detainees in immigration detention.

Carrie Swan

Carrie works in a community advice centre in St Anns, Nottingham. She advises local residents on welfare benefits, debt, and home energy issues. She has been on the Fareshare Midlands Board of Trustees as Vice-Chair since 2017 and is also a non-executive director of Nottingham Community Housing Association.

Jimmy Mark

During his career, Jimmy has been exclusively focused on the manufacture of chilled prepared food and has worked in various roles and businesses across the East Midlands over the past 25 years. His first contact with FareShare was as a potential donor of excess product and raw ingredients and after a number of meetings and discussions he joined FareShare Midlands as a Trustee in March 2012.

Mike Court

Since retiring as a senior management consultant to the NHS, having previously been a NHS Trust Director of Strategy, Mike volunteers for a local homeless and vulnerable person charity, chairs the Residents Association committee having chaired the Stafford Borough Police Performance panel, whilst also setting up a Community Interest Company to provide additional food, free of charge, for those suffering from food poverty. He finds time to play badminton and is a season ticket holder at Leeds United.

Bachelard Yemtsa

As a minister within the United Reformed Church for Eastwood and Marlpool, Bachelard says he is “passionate about loving communities in practical ways, with a particular focus on people in need and those who are more vulnerable.” Bachelard was born in Cameroon and came to England 14 years ago. He studied in Biochemistry, and currently carries out research in his spare time through a part-time Professional Doctorate in Cambridge.

Waqar Ali

Waqar is a high performing technology procurement professional with global experience across a number of sectors. Waqar said “my role as a trustee at FareShare Midlands presents an opportunity to leverage my expertise and experience to add significant value where required. With a deep understanding of procurement strategies, risk management and cost-saving initiatives, I can contribute to FareShare's mission”.

Sabrina Ffrench

Sabrina Ffrench joined FareShare Midlands in 2023 after volunteering roles in fundraising and events in charity organisations across the country. Sabrina works within the Public Sector as a nurse caring for people across different specialities and previously has experience as Public Governor. Sabrina enjoys being one of FareShare Midlands’s Trustees and championing the prevention of food waste to provide support for communities.

Barbara Lunnon

Barbara divides her time between work as a Coach and Business Consultant, and volunteering with her local Community Larder as a coordinator. She’s a trustee at several local charities in the food aid and community sectors and joined FareShare Midlands in 2023. She’s also a parish councillor in a large village and a volunteer speaker and fundraiser for the Air Ambulance Service. Before becoming self-employed, she worked for 30 years in Business to Business Marketing, mostly for companies in the food, food ingredients, and scientific services industries. She qualified as a Coach and Mentor in 2023, is licensed as a Management Drives Practitioner (an occupational personality profiling technique), and provides marketing and ghostwriting support to small and mid-sized businesses, mostly in the areas of food production, food law and food compliance fields.

Senior Management Team

Our Senior Management Team bring a wealth of experience to steer the strategic direction, oversee operations and drive our mission to fight hunger, tackle food waste and create opportunities.

Find out more about the team below.

Simone Connolly

Chief Executive

Simone Connolly has worked for FareShare since its launch in 2007 as FareShare Leicester and after successfully growing the organisation from a local Leicester project to a regional charity, was promoted to the role of Chief Executive in 2017, with overall responsibility for leading our operations across the Midlands. Simone previously worked for the Diocese of Leicester as Executive Assistant to the Dean and Bishop and previously in various Sales and Business Development roles. Simone is also a Trustee for FareShare UK.

Laura Spencer

Head of Commercial

Laura Spencer joined FareShare in 2019 and after roles leading volunteering, employability fundraising and membership became Head of Commercial in 2023 with overall responsibility for Communications, Community Development and Projects and Innovations. Laura previously worked within the public sector where she led regional and national teams and built extensive experience in communications and campaigns, partnership working, project management and grant funding. Laura is also a School Governor at a local primary school.

Marc Green

Head of Fundraising

Marc Green joined the FareShare Midlands team as Head of Fundraising in 2023. Growing up understanding the importance of social eating and enjoying community meals, Marc was attracted to FareShare Midlands’ cause. Marc manages a small team who work closely with the organisation’s corporate partners, individual donors and other fundraising opportunities to support the day-to-day operations and logistics of the charity.

John Pearson

Head of Finance

John Pearson spent his finance career working in the manufacturing industry, before making the move across to the charity sector to join the FareShare Midlands team in February 2022. John manages a small team covering all areas of finance for the Charity and enjoys working for an organisation that is trying to make a difference for people across the Midlands.

Kathryn Roberts

Head of Operations & Food

Kat Roberts joined FareShare in 2023 as Head of Operations & Food with overall responsibility for all things Warehouse, H&S, Food Hygiene, Supply Chain and Food. Kat previously worked within the food industry in similar roles within the hospitality and manufacturing sectors along with setting up cookery and bakery schools in London.

Paul Akroyd

Head of Volunteering

Paul has worked within the voluntary sector for a number of years. A serial volunteer himself, he joined Fareshare Midlands in December 2022 as the Head of Volunteering and Employability. Based in Leicester, he works across the region spreading his time across sites in Nottingham, Birmingham and Leicester. When Paul is not leading on volunteering and employability you will find him either swimming, running or cycling or very occasionally on a rugby pitch. He is also a Trustee of Leicester based charity Home Start Horizons.

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