Who we areFood Train is run by a board of Directors who currently include:
David has been a Wolverton resident since January 2006 and is becoming increasingly involved in community activities. As a member of Wolverton Unlimited, he has participated in several meetings to discuss the development plans for the town. He has also contributed ideas to the Friends of Wolverton Farmers Market group. David was recently invited to become a member of the St George's Church (Wolverton) Environmental Assessment Group.
David works as a Sustainable Energy and Education Consultant for The National Energy Foundation at Knowlhill, Milton Keynes. He has a degree in Urban Policy and Race Relations and is completing a Masters degree in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies, for which he is undertaking thesis research on the options to empower a community to reduce the carbon footprint of their terraced housing.
David has previously worked as a primary teacher, as well as a carer for children and young people with disabilities. He has developed skills in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community development projects through his ten years of work in developing countries for Voluntary Service Overseas and the humanitarian organisation, World Vision. David is keen to ensure that community development projects empower local people through an inclusive and participative approach.
Maggie began her working career as a junior school teacher in rural Canada after gaining a degree in English Literature from McMaster University. Upon settling in the UK some years later she worked with the health service in Scotland, became a school governor and later friend of her children's local secondary school in Wolverton. She has worked for two national charities: Relate and the Citizen's Advice Bureau, as an adviser, and has also been the public relations and fundraising co-ordinator for a Canadian charity. Maggie is currently involved in local health issues in her position with NHS direct.
Roger is a Wolverton resident who has been involved in community development for more than thirty years first as a neighbourhood community worker with Milton Keynes Development Corporation on their earliest new housing areas in the 1970s. Latterly he was co-founder and General Manager for 11 years of The Living Archive. This Documentary Arts organisation gained an international reputation for its pioneering and innovative work in using local history and the arts as a means of assisting, community development and regeneration. In 2003 he became a freelance consultant.
Whilst at the Living Archive and later as a consultant, Roger was commissioned with Paul Chaplin to carry out two Market Town Healthchecks, both of which successfully involved large numbers of local people in discussing the issues that affected their communities and drawing up long term visions for the future.
Roger's skills include engaging communities in decision-making and visioning, project design and management, successful bid writing, oral history training and digital archiving.
He has a BA in Social Anthropology from Sussex University, a Diploma in Community Development from Manchester University and an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from De Montfort University.
He is Chair of the Wolverton Secret Garden Society and has raised £183,000 that has enabled the creation of a new community green space in the railway town of Wolverton, where there are few green areas. The work has included community consultation and commissioning public art involving professional artists working with community groups in the creation of high quality mosaics. The Secret Garden won the 2005 Regional Award in the Britain in Bloom Competition for best Community Involvement and in 2006 the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
Brian has been a Wolverton resident for 22 years. After gaining a BA from Oxford University and an MA from McMaster University in Canada, Brian embarked on a career in marketing and public relations. For many years he ran his own marketing consultancy in Milton Keynes. In 2002 Brian combined his marketing expertise with his passion for animal welfare when he became a Director at the Ontario SPCA in Canada. He now works for the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare.
Margaret has lived in Wolverton, with her husband and two children, for 28 years. She works as a Curriculum Assistant in the Arts Faculty at The Open University and from home as a massage therapist.
She loves good food and is passionate about cooking which her father who trained as a chef instilled in her. She believes it's important that food should be ethically and safely farmed both for the consumer and the environment, and then simply prepared with no 'additions'. She also believes that good food and good nutrition should be accessible by everyone.
Alissa has lived in Wolverton for 22 years. A graduate in Philosophy and chicken owner, she worked on Wolverton's Healthcheck, helping community members look at transport and the town's identity. More recently, she did time as Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council's chief operating officer where she won a National Association of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners award for her work on developing a local allotment management plan.
Inspired by the farmers markets in her native Canada, she set up Wolverton Farmers Market in 2004, founding Food Train as an organisation dedicated to building alternative and community controlled food systems. She currently works for Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms from their new headquarters at the Low Impact Living Initiative in Winslow.
Wolverton Farmers Market Dates for 2008
April 5th & 19th
May 3rd & 17th
June 7th & 21st
July 5th & 19th
August 2nd & 16th
Sept 6th & 20th
Oct 4th & 18th
Nov 1st & 15th
Dec 6th & 20th