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. He has held CEO positions within both business and the third sectors, and has held Chair positions in a number of very large NFPs and membership organisations. 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. He is Chairman of Eat Club, the organisation that teaches food skills to young people and is past Chairman of Plan Zheroes, the platform that connects surplus fresh food with charities and people in need.  He is a Trustee and sits on the Community Investment  Committee of the charity United St Saviours which gives grants to community groups and other charities of in excess of £1 million a year, and runs multiple Alms Houses in south London; is a Trustee of Prisoners Penfriend; and is  a governor and Chair of Friends of Highshore School a special School which has food education, growing, and food enterprise as an integral part of its curriculum. A  food writer – specialist subject, cheese – he also frequently sits on expert panels, guest lectures at a number of universities, and caries out dozens of speaking engagements a year. A member for fourteen years, he is also Chairman of Slow Food London.

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 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

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 am 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 have 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 East Wales

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.


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 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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