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 for Slow Food International.

Slow Food in the UK – Board of Directors

SHANE HOLLAND ( Executive Chair)  Board Director for England. Shane Holland is the Executive Chairman of Slow Food in the UK.  He has held CEO positions within both the business and the third sectors and has chaired a number of large NFPS. Within the third sector his work has specialised in regards to our most vulnerable citizens, their issues of food poverty & food skills, education, offending, and access to service. His other current roles include UK Ambassador for Venner the pan Europe charity tackling food poverty; trustee of Borough Market, and  trustee of the charity United St Saviours, which gives grants to community groups and other charities of in excess of £1 million a year alongside running best in class almshouses.  He is past chair of both Eat Club , the organisation that teaches food skills to young people,  and  Plan Zheroes, the platform that connects surplus fresh food with charities and people in need.   A  food writer – specialist subject, cheese – he also frequently sits on expert panels; appears both in print and on TV & radio; lectures at universities; has given a TED Talk as one of their “Architects of Tomorrow”; and carries out dozens of speaking engagements a year both within the UK and internationally.

WALTER MOWAT, Board Director for Scotland.  Walter is a member of Slow Food Edinburgh and sits on the Board of Slow Food 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 coordinator 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.

NIA WILLIAMS, Board Director for Wales. Born and brought up in South West Wales, she worked for Wales YFC as their chief officer followed by the FUW in North East Wales and then the Duke of  Edinburgh’s Award in South East Wales. She has lived in North Wales since 1995 and is married to a farmer. She is the secretary of the Denbigh Plum Group, Wales’ only native plum,  which has applied for European PGI status and which has run a successful food festival based on Denbigh Plum products- 2018 being the tenth. She has always been involved in growing food, food heritage and in sharing the Slow Food message with others. She has wealth of experience of being a volunteer in an organisation both locally and nationally. She is also a member of Slow Food North Wales

JOHN COOKE, International Councillor. John has been part of Slow Food 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 now lives in London. John represents the UK on the Slow Food International Council and is part of the European Councillors group.


Slow Food in the UK – Executive Team

HANNAH KAPLAN, Communications Manager. A content manager, filmmaker and photographer in sustainable development, conservation and animal welfare, Hannah has worked with Greenbelt Movement International, UNPRI, Minority Rights Group and SPANA. She has produced films in 16 countries and is passionate about the role that documentary film, photojournalism and digital storytelling can play in sustainable development. Hannah has worked on sheep farms and permaculture projects, and is particularly interested in the role of regenerative agriculture and silvopasture techniques in international sustainable development initiatives.



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 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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