Meet the Food for Life Experts

We know that the right support can make all the difference to you achieving your Food for Life award. That's why our Awards Package subscription also includes an on-site visit from one of our expert team to offer advice and encouragement that is tailored for your school.

As well as offering a great opportunity for you to benefit from the real-world experience of one of our school food leaders, schools will also receive a action plan to support your continued progress.

Our expert team is made up of senior Food for Life staff, inspirational school cooks and our National Partners. It is expanding all the time and more members will be added soon.

Jeanette Orrey  Jeanette Orrey
Co-Founder, Food for Life

Jeanette is a former school dinner lady with over 20 years of practical experience of providing good school food. One of the most well-respected experts in the field, her vision led her to co-found Food for Life. She now acts as the School Meals Policy Advisor for the programme. Jeanette can support you across all areas of your school food journey.

 James Cashmore James Cashmore
Director, Food for Life

James is Director of Food for Life and is responsible for all our national programmes – he’s the right person if you want to share ideas about how Food for Life could develop, discuss changes you’d like to see, outline plans for your school, or simply to showcase all the good work you’re up to!



 Joanna Lewis Jo Lewis,
Strategy and Policy Director, Food for Life

Jo founded the Food for Life Catering Mark in 2007, developed its early standards and now advises the independent Catering Mark Standards Committee. An expert on the Catering Mark and School Food Standards, Jo is just the person to help you achieve the Food Quality section of your award.

 Libby Grundy FFLP Director Libby Grundy,
Senior Policy Advisor, Food for Life

Libby has a wealth of experience in transforming food culture in schools, addressing inequalities through school food culture, the role of food in schools in relation to educational attainment and health & wellbeing and using school food to enhance community engagement and local economies. 


If ALL primary schools in England were FFL schools 100,000 more children would be eating at least some fruit and vegetables.

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