Andy Richardson is the event Chair. A food writer and photographer whose work appears each month in Shropshire Magazine and Wolverhampton Magazine, he is a passionate foodie. In 2012, he also published The Cat, The Cook and The Cook’s Assistant for Mr Underhills, Shropshire’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, and his work has appeared in Food and Travel Magazine, Decanter and other titles. He is committed to helping local schools to learn more about the journey from farm to fork.
Beth Heath is the Chief Executive and worked for many years as the Operations Director for Ludlow Food Festival and Ludlow Spring Festival. As the former proprietor of the Ludlow Hamper Company she has the needs of the smaller producer at heart and having been raised in a farming environment, she has a great understanding of the demands facing food producers and retailers. She also keeps animals herself, on a small holding near Ironbridge.
Clare Downes runs Monkhouse Marketing and is a key player on the Shropshire Food scene. Her family founded the Applebys Cheese business 60 years ago and today she works with a number of the county’s most successful producers, helping them to market their food to a wider audience. She is passionate about raising Shropshire’s profile on the national stage, encouraging chefs and consumers to buy from more of our producers.
Clare Lamprell leads our education programme. A teacher with a creative background, she's passionate about creating new opportunities for youngsters to learn about food. Working with children with special needs in Shrewsbury, Clare has her finger on the pulse when it comes to communicating new ideas. Her interest in design, architecture and food makes her the perfect person to lead up our programme. She's devised an action-packed programme of activities that will inspire, motivate and delight children from 5-to-18.
Rachel Davy and Amy Tuitt are the Shropshire Festivals girls behind Beth Heath, who work around the clock to help create the festivals that we all love to enjoy. Amy is the busy bee office manager who juggles festivals along with a busy family life, and Rach balances her festivals along with her role of Gingerella, a Functions and Wedding Coordinator. Their passion and enthusiasm for the event keeps everyone going, and having only joined Beth in the last year, they have proved valuable assets to team orange.
Jane Shaw and Louise Fletcher complete our team. Jane runs Jane Shaw Business Admin, a successful company in Shropshire that provides back office services for companies of all sizes. In 2015 Jane is managing the admin for the festival. Louise 'Waterfairy' Fletcher works as a firefighter and also volunteers for the food festival. She's a dab hand in the kitchen and makes the best pain au chocolat in Shrewsbury and in 2015 will be co-ordinating the volunteer applications. Louise and Jane are both proud members of Team Orange at the festival.