Meet the team

Our dedicated Food Team can work with you to achieve the most cost and time effective solution for dealing with your unsold food, enabling your business to use your surplus food for social good.

Get in touch with them on [email protected] or 020 7064 8911.


Mark Varney

Director of Network DevelopmentMeet The Team: Mark Varney, FareShare Director of Network Development

Mark leads the team responsible for FareShare’s partnerships with the food industry, and supporting FareShare’s network of 21 Regional Centres to provide food to our charity members.
He led the development of the innovative FareShare Food Efficiency Framework, which was launched in 2016, and represents FareShare at a number of cross-industry working groups on Food Waste Prevention.

Mark joined FareShare in 2012. Prior to that he was Head of Commercial Relations (Food and Beverage) at The Fairtrade Foundation, leading Fairtrade’s engagement with manufacturers, brand owners and retailers in the UK food and drink sector. Mark was previously Director of Sustainable Business at behaviour change agency Corporate Culture, and spent the first 8 years of his career in a variety of commercial roles at Procter and Gamble.

Mark has an MSc in Sustainable Development and Corporate Environmental Management and is a Chartered Waste Manager.

Jo Dyson

Head of FoodMeet the Team - Jo Dyson

The Food Team’s role is to engage with the food industry to source the food required by the charitable organisations who are our front line partners, supporting the FareShare vision that no good food goes to waste. We work across the whole food supply chain from farmers and producers through to distributors, retailers and food service companies. As well as working with our food partners to help reduce waste and identify suitable surplus food we manage the supply through to our network of Regional Centres. My role is to ensure that we do this as efficiently and effectively as we can as we scale up to manage ever increasing food volumes.

My background is in buying, category management, supply chain and logistics with major food retailers.

Working with an amazing team of people and seeing the growth and progress that FareShare is making in helping to ensure that no good food goes to waste
Having recently returned from a break in Sicily my current favourite has to be Melanzane parmigiana a delicious creamy aubergine dish!

Ashley Davies

Commercial ManagerMeet The Team: Ashley Davies, FareShare Commercial Manager (food)

Ashley is responsible for sourcing ambient food, including bakery, as well as managing existing relationships with food partners Samworth Brothers, Nestle and Associated British Foods.

Ashely joined FareShare in 2014, having spent almost five years in corporate fundraising at Comic Relief. Before switching to the third sector Ashley worked in the Food and Drink Industry, with positions at Tetley Tea, Johnson & Johnson (Benecol and Splenda) and Hovis, initially in purchasing then in commercial roles managing customers including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

Michael Shields

Commercial ManagerMeet The Team: Michael Shields, FareShare Commercial Manager (food)

Michael is responsible for managing relationships with FareShare’s dairy partners, including Arla and Muller. In addition, Michael holds the key relationship with Tesco, one of FareShare’s key retail partners.

Before becoming a Commercial Manger in 2017, Michael was General Manager of FareShare North East for 7 years. Over this period, Michael managed the strategic development of FareShare North East, with a view to maximising the mission of redistributing more surplus food to more local frontline charities. Managing a team of staff and volunteers, he had overall responsibility for Finance, Marketing, Operations and HR. Prior to his involvement with FareShare, Michael held a number of managerial positions within the dairy industry for over 12 years.

Samantha Lai

Commercial OfficerHeadshot of Samantha Lai, Commercial Officer at FareShare UK

Sam is responsible for sourcing food and managing relationships with FareShare’s industry partners in the frozen foods, fish and foodservice sectors. Sam is always mapping out new ways and opportunities to get frozen food into the FareShare network.

Prior to joining FareShare in 2017, Sam worked in the Buying department at Lidl and was their Lean Master to streamline existing processes and promote best practice in the department.

Ruth Peacegood

Food Sourcing CoordinatorMeet The Team: Ruth Peacegood

Ruth is responsible for the team that organises all food deliveries from the 500 companies that work with FareShare, into the FareShare network. She is responsible for ensuring that the food gets to FareShare, at the right location, in time and in-date. Ruth is also responsible for transport and logistics, and works with logistics companies including Fowler Welch and Nagel Langdons to find quick and efficient ways to get surplus food to FareShare’s network of Regional Centres.

Prior to joining FareShare in 2014, Ruth studied Architecture, and likes to believe that’s where she developed a mind for planning!

Alex Bleasdale

Food Supply Coordinator Meet The Team: Alex Bleasdale, FareShare Food Supply Coordinator

Alex works on the food coordination systems, processes and data, in order to improve the team’s customer service for FareShare’s food partners and regional centres. She works with the team to enable partners to redistribute their surplus to the place where it’s needed most.

After completing an MSc in Middle East Politics, Alex spent 6 months delivering flower bouquets by bicycle around central London. Before that she spent a couple of years interning as a researcher in two think tanks.

Alejandra Garcia-Gardner

Seasonal Projects OfficerMeet The Team: Ale

Alejandra is responsible for seasonal projects that take place at FareShare such as the Tesco Food Collection. Prior to joining FareShare in 2018 Alejandra worked in a number of frontline services tackling food poverty and community building in Northern Ireland. Alejandra will rarely say no to pizza.

Kimberley Wilson

Food Coordination AssistantMeet the Team: Kim

Prior to this role Kim worked at FareShare Go in Sheffield recruiting charities for their back of store collection app. Before that she spent a couple of years working in a supply chain management role within the automotive industry and is happy to be turning her skills to helping stop food waste and fighting hunger.

Jamie Parsons

Food Coordination AssistantMeet the Team: Jamie

Jamie is responsible for allocating the offers of surplus food from FareShare’s amazing food partners to Regional Centres across the country, along with Kim and Jake. He oversees the coordination and distribution of the food from our retail partners including Tesco, Morrisons, and Asda.

Prior to joining FareShare, Jamie completed his BA and MA in Film Studies at the University of East Anglia whilst volunteering at soup kitchens and other food-centric charities. An avid Leeds United fan, Jamie has quickly imposed his passion onto his colleagues and the wider network with frequent performance updates and expects to be celebrating a return to the promise land.

Jake Barwood

Food Coordination AssistantMeet the Team - Jake

Jake, alongside colleagues Kim and Jamie, is responsible for offering and allocating out donated surplus food across the FareShare network. Jake’s main areas are fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat.

Prior to joining FareShare, Jake studied Social Policy BSc, with a key focus on food deprivation and tackling food related inequalities. As part of his research, Jake volunteered with numerous food banks and food waste charities, including the Trussell Trust and Skipchen. Jake has also worked as a chef in numerous restaurants, before setting up his own outdoor catering business, based in his home town, Brighton. Jake’s favourite meal is an authentic Southern Indian Thali!