The Hull Food Partnership is a citywide network whose activities are overseen by a cross-sector steering group. The Food Partnership is hosted by a small not-for profit company called Rooted in Hull and governed by terms of reference.Rooted in Hull is an innovative Urban Agriculture Project currently being developed on St Peter Street in the centre of Hull. They currently employ three members of staff to deliver and co-ordinate the food partnership work.

Steering group
Hilary Hamer, Food4Hull

Hilary Hamer is the chair of Hull Food Partnership and Director of Food4Hull. Hilary holds an MSc in Food Policy and has previously worked as a food scientist and professional cook. She is passionate about supporting local communities and businesses that grow and produce food and is dedicated in work towards improving access to good fresh food in cities and the urban and rural populations.

Through her work, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the issues that sit between the needs of the food industry and the needs of the consumer and the huge importance of access to food and a good diet and the way it impacts on public health, food security and sustainability.

Adrian Fisher, Rooted in Hull

Adrian Fisher is the director of Rooted in Hull. He has a background in farming, is passionate about good local food, especially smaller producers of meat and veg. Adrian is now developing a new innovative urban farm in the centre of Hull. The aim to connect people back to food by showing a practical approach, through education and hands-on involvement. He’s keen to develop an entrepreneurial attitude and encourage, especially young people to pursue a career in the food industry.

Sharon Clay, Hull City Council

Sharon Clay is Partnership Development and Engagement Lead based within Regeneration at Hull City Council. To the Steering Group Sharon brings knowledge and experience of a number of partnerships, networks and initiatives across the city that link to or support the work of the Hull Food Partnership.


Joanne Arro, Public Health, Hull City Council

Jo Arro is a Public Health Commissioning and Service Development Manager at Hull City Council. She has a HND in Food Science, BSC in Dietetics and PGdip in Public Health. Jo has 20 years’ experience working in the area of food and nutrition within Public Health and brings that expertise to the Hull Food Partnership.


Carolyn Johnson, Language is Everything

Born and educated in Cumbria, Carolyn has over 30 years’ experience of managing and developing people. Carolyn joined the security and audit team of fashion retailer, Miss Selfridge in 1983 before moving into retail management in 1985.  Developing a keen interest in how to get the best out of people she moved into a training role, specialising in retail security and went on to develop and deliver staff training packages throughout the UK.

In 1995 Carolyn moved to a small, but fast growing company providing interpreting and translation services.  She now owns and runs Language is Everything based in Castle Street, Hull supplying 24 hour interpreting and translation support to public and private sector organisations throughout the UK.

Carolyn is passionate about Hull and the East Riding.  In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for service to business in Yorkshire and the Humber and in 2015 became President of the Yorkshire area of the British Red Cross.

Jodie Colgrave, FareShare Hull & Humber

Jodie graduated from the University of Hull in 2014 with a 2:1 in Global Health & Humanitarian Relief, which has a huge focus upon nutrition and food poverty. Since then she has worked as a Support Worker for a NHS, run a weight loss programme and worked as a Food & Nutrition Co-ordinator within a nursery. She started working for FareShare in 2016 and have been involved with FareShare Go, Building Better Opportunities and is now the regional centre.



Staff Team

Bryony MacFadyen, Hull Food Partnership Co-ordinator
Bryony has been employed as the Hull Food Partnership co-ordinator since June 2017. Her role is to support and develop the work of the Hull Food Partnership and progress the aims of the Hull Food Charter and action plan.

She has spent several years working at grassroots level in Hull, educating communities around food growing and helping to co-ordinate large scale local food events. She is passionate about bringing people and organisations together to drive forward local food system change and improve the health of the communities within Hull.


David Shepherdson, Food Equality Co-ordinator
David Shepherdson was employed by the Hull Food Partnership in June 2018. Since this date David has established the Hull Food Inequality Alliance (HFIA) a citywide steering group aimed at addressing levels of food poverty within city that has resulted in greater co-ordination of existing resources in the city alongside the development of pilot initiatives that increase both the volume of surplus food to people presenting themselves in crisis and also the nutritional quality of food people receive.

David has 15 years experience of working within a community development setting within a variety of sectors including housing, financial inclusion, technology and youth services.


John Pickles, Freelance designer and Hull Veg City Campaign Co-ordinator
John Pickles has been working for Hull Food Partnership since December 2017. His initial role was as graphic designer and website administrator. In 2019 he has taken on the role of Hull Veg City campaign co-ordinator.

John is passionate about local food. He helps run Constable Community Allotment near Hessle Road in Hull, maintains the City ‘Veg Patch’ outside the Wilson Centre on Alfred Gelder Street, enjoys cooking, and can be regularly seen buying is fruit & veg in the greengrocers of Spring Bank, Hull where he lives.