Social Audit Board

The Social Audit Board comprises 6 members from a range of backgrounds contributing a wealth of knowledge and experience to enable the board to carryout a comprhensive review of our activities, provide advice and guidance and support us to achieve its Vision.

The Members of the Board are:

Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker has developed a career both as a broadcaster, writer and chef that is passionate about local, seasonal food – indeed he grew up in the East Riding and his family has strong links to the Hull fishing industry. Gerard has long been involved in supporting local food initiatives in Hull and beyond – having worked in school and offender food initiatives in California and brings a wide variety of experience to our initiative.
When he is not working in his home kitchen, Gerard travels widely and has worked for more than two decades in Antarctica catering for international expeditions – having degrees in Botany, Zoology and International Politics he is not a typical chef.
Gerard has worked with the BBC as a freelance presenter for years making more than 30 documentaries on food, the environment and farming and regularly appears on BBC and ITV television.
He has been published more than a dozen books for several publishers including BBC books and writes for publications as varied as The Times, BBC Good Food and the Kitchen Garden.

Pam Featherston

Pam is an award winning Action Coach with a large client base in Hull and beyond. Pam’s interest in supporting Rooted in Hull stems from her desire to give something back to the community that also resonates with her business orientated approach.  Pam is well connected to help us attract inward investment through Corporate Social Responsibility schemes from local commercial enterprises.  Her skills as a business coach specialising in small to medium sized enterprises is also a valuable asset to the board.  http://www.actioncoach.compam/featherstone

Denys Fell

Denys is the Owner and a Director of Densholm Care Farm in East Yorkshire (http://www.densholmefarm-action.co.uk/).  Denys is very much in touch with the land and the community trough both the farms large arable operations and the small scale community supported agriculture at the heart of the care farm.  With this knowledge and experience, Denys is well placed to support Rooted in Hull as a business owner, farmer and social entrepreneur

Hugh Moffatt

Hugh Moffatt is Deputy Regional Director for British Council in Sub Saharan Africa, based in Nairobi. Prior to this he has worked across Asia and Africa in a variety of roles for British Council including leading a DFID health systems initiative in Nepal; designing and implementing a leadership development programme in Africa; working on governance, education and social enterprise programmes in Indonesia; and Country Director in Uganda. He has a Masters in Social Development & Health from  Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Amanda Reaney

Amanda is the Communications Manager for Occupational Health and Safety and formerly Assistant Head of Sustainable Development for Holcim. Amanda has also held a number of positions in DEFRA including Advisor to the Director General for Sustainable Development.

Amanda has a keen interest in Sustainable Development and knowledge of agriculture and the environment through both her professional work and academic qualifications.

Amanda’s insight in sustainability will be an important grounding for Rooted in Hull to ensure that we stay focussed on our social objectives

Gavin Smart

Gavin started his career as a researcher at the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol and spent five years at the then Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, heading up the high demand housing markets research team. Gavin moved to the National Housing Federation as Assistant Director for Research and Futures for seven years before taking on the role as Director for Policy and Practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing. Gavin has subsequently been appointed Deputy Chief Executive of CIH.

Gavin is an experienced senior public policy specialist negotiating, lobbying and representing on behalf of the housing sector and expert in housing and social policy and policy analysis.  He is also an experienced public speaker and media spokesperson.

Gavin’s knowledge and skills in the policy arena and the workings of local and national government are a great asset to the Board as we develop our public services provision