Catherine Bell CCP (Chair and Founding Trustee):
Catherine Bell (Chair) Catherine co-founded the Garden to Table Trust in 2009, having seen the benefits of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation in Australia. Known for her work over the years as a food writer and educator through the Epicurean Workshop and Dish magazine, Catherine is dedicated to ensuring children will grow up with a love of good food and an understanding of the joy it can bring to their and other’s lives. She also recognises the importance of food education as a means to help combat health related disease. In 2019 she wrote and published Bounty, cooking with vegetables with all proceeds donated to the Trust.
Anne Edwards (Treasurer): Anne is Trust Management’s General Manager of Finance. Anne is passionate about helping charities achieve their goals. With almost 30 years in the industry, she spent nearly half of her career as Associate Director at UBS New Zealand and has served a broad range of respected and well-known clientele. Previously, she worked as an audit manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers. After work hours or on weekends and holidays, Anne can usually be found reading, camping and travelling, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.
Andrew Green LLB (Secretary): Andrew is partner at Brookfields Lawyers where he practices in the area of resource management and environmental law. He is a dedicated "foodie" and appreciates the benefits of fresh produce, simply prepared and shared with family and friends.
Deborah Pead: Deborah began her PR career in South Africa, started her own consultancy in 1987 and sold her interests to immigrate to New Zealand in 1996. In Auckland, Deborah established the PR division at Bates advertising. She left in December 2000 to establish Pead PR, a consumer focused brand building public relations consultancy.
Diana Hegan: Diana currently works for Te Puni Kōkiri Ministry of Maori Development as an Information Advisor (creative sector) She brings many years of experience in fundraising and governance roles, and represents the board in matters of Maori and Pacifica significance.
Stacey Strang: Stacey is the Oral Health Programme Manager at Waitemata DHB, and previously held roles as the Child Health Programme Manager at both Waitemata and Auckland DHB. She has experience developing evaluation and quality plans for both community projects and regional and national programmes and is passionate about improving the wellbeing of children and their whanau
The Board of Trustees would like to acknowledge the substantial contributions made by all past Trustees, with particular mention of Denis La Touche, one of the founding trustees, and the late Susie Weaver.
The Trust operates with a small dedicated team, with a Support Office in Auckland and local offices in Northland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Programme Coordinators in each area provide support and collaborate with those working with Garden to Table Trust - be they schools, volunteers, supporters, suppliers - and manage a team of trainers who can support the garden and kitchen specialists who deliver the programme.
Executive Officer: Linda Taylor
Key Relationships and Events Manager: Natalie Edwards
Administrator: Melanie Douglas