Team Larder

Meet Our Team

Kay Johnson MBE

Kay believes in ‘food fairness for all’ and aims to achieve this through the Larder, via a café, food academy offering accredited and bespoke food related courses and local food procurement enterprise.

Her PhD will explore how fresh local produce can be made affordable to people on low incomes without farmers, producers, animals and the environment bearing the cost.

Before embarking on this ambitious journey Kay spent 20 years as a nutritionist managing food poverty initiatives nationally and overseas, she spent a brief spell as a chef and was brought up on a small farm in Lancashire

Ruby Henderson

Joined Team Larder initially as a volunteer in organising and coordinating the deliveries for the “Cooking for our Community” project.

A proud Lancashire lass with experience working in mental health and the charity sectors, she is passionate about social issues and affecting change on a local level. Ruby has a keen interest in the correlation between good nutrition and improving mental wellbeing.

Nik Prescott

Nik is a trained chef, who started volunteering with the Larder when we started our Cooking For Our Community meals.

Charlie Clutterbuck

Charlie is Research Fellow in Food Policy at City University London.

His expertise is agricultural science. He writes and talks about Brexit, farming and food.

His book, Bittersweet Brexit: Land, Labour and Food After Brexit was published in 2017.

Leah Milburn

Leah volunteers at the Larder. 
She is currently studying BSc Nutritional Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University with a strong interest to pursue a career in nutrition. Leah is particularly interested in childhood nutrition.

In her spare time, she adapt recipes and cook nutritious meals for her family.

Leah enjoys listening to podcasts about nutrition, exercise, wellbeing and sustainability.

Sarah Philipson

Sarah joined the Larder to mastermind the new Food Academy.  

The Academy offers accredited and non accredited courses, workshops and bespoke masterclasses.

Sarah knows how to design and develop training programmes after 15 years at education giant Pearson.

She has a Masters degree from Lancaster University in food and the environment.

Alison Watts


Chryssa grew up in Greece, where her grandparents were farmers and her father was a chef. She achieved qualifications in economics while pursuing a career in hospitality and catering.

Rachel Wheble

Rachel grew up on a 400 acre farm in Lancashire. As well as knowing her way around a combine harvester, she loves working in her local community. Rachel worked as a community organiser for several years before her most recent role as a Social Prescribing Link Worker.

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