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The Vegan Society is the world’s oldest vegan organisation whose founders came up with the term ‘vegan’ back in 1944. Who better to ask about all things vegan than us!

Whether it’s a breaking news story, you need an explanation for the huge growth in veganism, or an update on the latest vegan products – don’t hesitate to contact us. We have a number of spokespeople with expertise in different areas of veganism, available for press, radio and TV interviews, often at a short notice.

To arrange a chat with any of our spokespeople below, please contact our Press Office on 0121 523 1738 (9am-5pm) or on 07375 146457 out of hours. 

Sam Calvert

Head of Communications

Sam can cover topics such as the history of veganism and The Vegan Society, the life of its co-founder Donald Watson, and being vegan for over 20 years.

Louise Davies

Head of Campaigns, Policy and Research

Louise can cover topics such as the environmental benefits of the vegan diet, The Vegan Society’s work in support of plant-based agriculture, and lobbying the government to achieve change for animals and to protect the rights of vegans.

Heather Russell


Heather can cover topics such as vegan nutrition for people of all ages, supplementation, hospital catering for vegans, and healthy living.

Francine Jordan

Media & PR Officer

Francine can cover everything from veganism in the news and the rapid rise of veganism to news and events from The Vegan Society.

Mark Banahan

Campaigns Manager

Mark can discuss all aspects of The Vegan Society’s campaigns work, as well as topics such as the philosophy behind veganism, the drive for mandating vegan food in the public sector and the environmental case for veganism.

Tim Thorpe

Senior Campaigns and Policy Officer

Tim works on environmental issues for The Vegan Society and can cover topics such as climate change, biodiversity, land and resource use, agriculture, and the environmental impact of diets.

Sabrina Ahmed

Campaigns and Policy Officer

Sabrina can cover topics related to affordability and accessibility, in relation to campaigns such as Catering for Everyone, Live Vegan for Less and Play Fair with Plant Milk.

Elena Orde

Senior Comms and CPR Officer

Elena can cover why veganism is on the rise, tips for new vegans and our public-facing campaigns including Vegan and Thriving.

Louisianna Waring

Senior Insight and Policy Officer

Louisianna can cover topics including the latest trends, consumer insights and market data on veganism, plus policy issues that affect vegan businesses.

Dr Jeanette Rowley

Chair of the International Rights Network and Vegan Rights Advocate

Jeanette can comment on the human rights of vegans, vegan equality and discrimination, the issues vegan face in a variety of contexts, labelling vegan food, supporting employers, and embedding vegan equality in diversity policy and training. 

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