Alex Collis, known for her invaluable contribution towards FoodCycle Cambridge, has now become FoodCycle’s East of England Regional Manager! After four years’ volunteering in Cambridge (and famed for her banoffee pavlova), she has this to say about her move:
“It feels a bit like the end of an era, but after almost five years helping runFoodCycle Cambridge I’ve moved on. Not too far though, as I’ve recently started a new role as FoodCycle’s regional manager for the East of England. We’ve got ambitious plans for expansion from the 32 projects we currently have across the country – and our region is a key part of those plans. My new role basically a job of two halves. Firstly, I’ll be managing our existing projects in Cambridge, Norwich, Peterborough and Clacton and working with the volunteers there to deliver even more food-waste busting community meals. FoodCycle Cambridge will always have a very special place in my heart, especially having seen it grow so much over the past five years – but it’s been a real treat since I started the new job to spend time travelling around other projects, getting to know the volunteers and guests there. I’ve eaten well too, from salsa made with Riverford tomatilloes in Peterborough to fruit pavlova by the sea in Clacton!
The other part of my job is supporting our expansion across the East of England,looking at potential locations for new projects, recruiting supermarkets and volunteers, as well as finding free kitchen spaces for our meals. It’s exciting times for FoodCycle, and expect to see us popping up elsewhere across the region. Who knows, this time next year we could have a FoodCycle Bury St Edmunds, a FoodCycle Ipswich or FoodCycle Wisbech – maybe even a FoodCycle Northampton? Watch this space!”
CSF wishes Alex all the best at her new position!
FoodCycle has three community meals weekly in Cambridge, made from surplus food. Find out more here.