The Board of Directors

We’re currently recruiting new members to our Board.

If you think you might like to join us and fulfil the brief below, please get in touch via email with our Chair, Caroline Hutton (caroline.hutton [at] to find out more.


The current Board members are:

Caroline Hutton

Caroline Hutton, Chair of the Board.

She was Director of  Martineau Gardens for 15 years, retiring from this position in 2018. One of many lasting legacies of her time at Martineau Gardens was obtaining the funding (from the Jo Malone Foundation) and building of the fabulous Courtyard Garden, formally open by the WMCA Mayor Andy Street on 26th June 2018.

She was also a founder member of ‘Growing Birmingham‘, a network of organisations within the city who are active in community food growing.


Kate Cooper

Kate Cooper is an Executive Director, as well as a Board director. Kate served as Chair of the Board 2014-2018, stepping down at the December Board Meeting.

She is also a Visiting Professional Fellow at the Crisis Management Centre, Aston Business School.

After an erstwhile career which included some 35 years as a consultant to blue chips,  she founded The New Optimists in 2009 as a way of putting regional scientists on the map. Over 130-strong, among other activities, they took part in the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios Project (2011-14) exploring possible food futures for Birmingham which, in turn, led to Birmingham Public Health asking her to set up the Birmingham Food Council.


Junaid Haroon is a Partner at Mills & Reeve. He’s a corporate lawyer who advises on all aspects of corporate law with a primary focus on M&A, private equity investments and disposals.

Junaid leads the food and agribusiness team in the Midlands and is also one of the most experienced corporate lawyers advising clients in the independent health and care, the life sciences and biotech sectors.


Jon Miller UK Sales Director at Partners& and recently co-founded BFPS Black Leaders Network.

As an experienced insurance broker across all sectors, he’s worked with many food manufacturing and agricultural businesses across the UK from grain marketing to multinational producers.

Jon is our Board lead on our horizon scanning work.


Dr Lauren Traczykowski is Senior Lecturer in Law (Ethics) at the Aston Law School.

Her research interests are within applied ethics and emergency situations. At Aston Lauren teaches Business Ethics and Professional Conduct & Ethics and contribute to the integration of ethics into the LLB.


The work of the Board is supported by Rowena Evans, who also has responsibility for some of the activities we run, and by Ian Sergeant who curates our Narrativium projects.

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