Board & Structure

Slow Food in the UK is governed by its Board of Directors, overseeing the activities of pan UK projects. The Board is made up of a Director from each of the nations that form the UK, plus a representative from Slow Food International.

Slow Food in the UK – Board of Directors

SHANE HOLLAND ( Executive Chair)  Board Director for England. Shane is also Chairman of Plan Zheroes, the platform which connects surplus food with those in need. Having previously held CEO positions within the third sector, he is now MD of a management consultancy practice.  He has held Chair positions in a number of very large NFPs and membership organisations, in particular in regards to our most vulnerable citizens, their issues of food poverty & food skills, education, offending, and access to service. He is a governor  of a special School which has food education, growing, and food enterprise as an integral part of its curriculum; Chairs the London Special Governors Association; and is a Trustee of Prisoners Penfriend. He frequently sits on expert panels, and caries out dozens of speaking  engagements a year. A member for nine years, he is the group leader for both Slow Food London and Slow Food Virtual England

JOHN COOKE, Board Director for Scotland. John has been part of Slow Food in Scotland for nearly a decade, firstly as a Slow Food Edinburgh committee member and then leading the Slow Food Scotland steering group, representing Scotland in the 2014 negotiations to independent status. In 2012, he organised and led a Scottish producer delegation to Terra Madre and was a co-organiser of the 2014 delegation. John represents the UK on the Slow Food International Council and is part of the European Councillors group. He is the group leader for Slow Food Virtual Scotland.

PAULA McIntyre, Board Director for Northern Ireland. Paula has been a member of Slow Food for 3 years and represented the UK in the Terra Madre kitchen in Turin last year. Chef Alliance co-ordinator for Northern Ireland. She is a food writer, author of 2 cookbooks, writes a weekly column in the Newsletter paper, and broadcasts on BBC Northern Ireland with a weekly cooking slot on Radio Ulster. She is a judge on the BBC Radio Four Food and Farming Awards and has contributed to their Ark of Taste series. She lectures in professional cookery in a FE college in Northern Ireland. She works closely with the government body, Food NI and Tourism NI to promote food from Ulster at home and abroad. Leader of the newly formed Slow Food North West Convivium in the province

MARGARET REES, Board Director for Wales. Margaret was a founder committee member of Slow Food UK and has been actively associated with the Global movement since 1999, setting up the first Slow Food group in Wales in Carmarthenshire 2002.  She organised Welsh Assembly Government support for several deputations of Welsh farmers, food producers and chefs to attend International Slow Food Bi-annual events in Italy. Her career spans from teaching to an award winning chef and restaurateur, food stylist and culinary consultant to running a Ski Gourmet tourism business in Austria.  She has contributed to many cookery programmes such as Floyd on Britain and Ireland and most recently the Great British Bake Off. A published cook book author and a member of the Guild of Food Writers and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. As owner of the Welsh Cookery School she organises food and culture trails . She is leader for Slow Food Carmarthenshire.

URSULA HUDSON,  Board Director for Slow Food International. Ursula is chair of Slow Food Germany and member of the Executive Committee of Slow Food International. She lives and works in the UK and in Germany. After a ‘life’ as an academic, teaching German language, literature and culture at universities in the UK and in Germany she started to work freelance mainly on food-related matters, such as:- food literacy, food cultures, localised food systems and others. She publishes on nose-to-tail eating, cattle as landscape gardeners (together with Anita Idel) and is the author of several books – all in German. Her main responsibilities regarding Slow Food are the development of policy for Slow Food in Germany and other countries, contributing to governmental advisory boards – nationally and at EU level – however her key topic is naturally – changing the food system to be good, clean and fair.



Slow Food in the UK Trust is a not for profit company limited by guarantee which is affiliated to Slow Food International (SFI). It is an umbrella body for  Slow Food England, Slow Food Scotland, Slow Food Cymru Wales,  and Slow Food Northern Ireland. It has a a wholly owned trading arm, Slow Food in the UK Enterprises Ltd, which donates all it’s profits to Slow Food in the UK Trust.


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