Who We Are
Hull Food Partnership works to connect businesses, organisations and individuals across Hull and the surrounding area. Our activities are overseen by our chair and a cross-sector steering group.
We employ a Development Officer and a Food Inequality Officer to work on specific projects that are funded by external parties. Hull Food Partnership is hosted by Rooted in Hull and governed by terms of reference.
Rooted in Hull is an innovative urban agriculture project based at St Peter Street in the centre of Hull. It works closely with the local community to provide volunteering opportunities for a wide variety of groups.
Hilary Hamer - Chair
Hilary Hamer is the Chair of Hull Food Partnership. 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. His 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 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. Sharon brings her knowledge and experience of a variety of partnerships, networks and initiatives across the city that link to or support the work of the Hull Food Partnership.
Joanne Arro - 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.
Anna Route - Development Officer
Anna has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years with a focus on social justice and community engagement. Hull born and bred, over the years she has worked for the disabled children’s charity KIDS; as part of the Hull 2017 City of Culture team; and for Keep Britain Tidy managing community environmental projects across England. She wants everyone to enjoy food as much as she does.
Cara Bilson - Food Inequality Officer
From her work as a Market Coordinator for OLIO (The Food Sharing App) in Hull, Cara has seen first hand the need to tackle food poverty in the city. This inspired her to join our team as Hull Food Inequality Officer. Drawing on her two years community campaigning experience, and her insight into local food insecurity challenges, she is now determined to contribute to greater meaningful development of Hull's food landscape.
Hull Food Partnership brings together organisations, businesses and individuals from across Hull and the surrounding area with the collective aim of making sustainable, healthy, affordable food a reality for everyone.
We work together on projects that are creative, ambitious and fun, but have the provision of good quality food at the centre of everything we do.
At Hull Food Partnership we want to share the good work that everybody is doing in order to inspire others to do the same. Becoming a partner will enable us to amplify the work you are doing.
Currently over 40 organisations have signed the Hull Food Charter to become our partners, and we’re always looking for more who are ready to make positive changes to the way they relate to food, either for their benefit or the wider community.
Anyone can become a partner, the first step is to sign the Hull Food Charter. This will automatically record your interest and you will receive our monthly newsletter which is packed full of information relating to food, local and national news, special offers, events and resources.