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Stephen Walsh (Chair)Stephen Walsh - Vegan Society

Born in Belfast and vegan since 1993, Stephen’s contributions range from helping with Vegan Camp to writing Plant Based Nutrition and Health, formulating VEG 1 and assisting the charity's relocation. As the embodiment of so many members' efforts over so many years, The Vegan Society occupies a unique position at the heart of the movement. Having served as Chair, Treasurer and Company Secretary, Stephen sees honesty, accountability and good governance as key to The Vegan Society’s reputation. He looks forward to working with members, staff and trustees to ensure all vegans and potential vegans get excellent advice and support.



Menna Jones (Treasurer)Menna Jone - The Vegan Society

Menna is a consultant clinical psychologist, and has been clinical lead of a multi-disciplinary NHS team since 2010. She has a particular interest in promoting the relevance of veganism within contemporary Welsh culture and regularly translates vegan resources into Welsh. Menna is currently working on establishing a Welsh language social networking group to promote veganism. As a committed vegan since 2004 and long-time member of The Vegan Society, Menna values the society's role in supporting vegans.




Jenifer Vinell (Vice-Chair)Blank photograph








Constantin ImbsBlank photograph

Born in France and educated in England, Constantin is a natural internationalist. An enthusiastic cook, his colourful poster for the EU Eating Together project promotes diversity and educates caterers, by showing vegan foods accessible to the widest possible range of cultures. Providing accurate nutritional information in response to misinformation about vitamin B12 has led to positive changes in French national dietary advice and to discussions with the World Health Organisation. A keen promoter of the Vegan Trademark and VEG 1 multivitamin in France and beyond, Constantin aims to reinforce and extend the role of the society worldwide.



Sagar ShahSagar Shah

Sagar has been a vegetarian since birth and a vegan since 2007.  He comes from a Jain family, and believes his ancestors have been following a strict vegetarian diet for over 800 years.  Sagar helped start a grass-roots vegan movement within the UK Jain community in 2008.  Professionally, he works as a public policy economist, and holds first class degrees from the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics.  





Patricia FaireyPatricia Tricker

Vegan since 1993, Patricia joined The Vegan Society in 1994, became a Local Contact, founded E. Riding Vegans, was a Trustee 2001-2004 and 2005-2009 and variously Local Contacts’ Coordinator and International Coordinator, organizing activists’ days throughout the country, increasing the number of groups listed from five to 62 and doubling the number of Local Contacts to 100. Patricia also ran stalls at events in the UK and Ireland;  gave talks on the work of the Society in the UK, Ireland, Italy and the Czech Republic;  helped write Society literature;  continues to offer her professional translation and proofreading skills voluntarily to the Society.



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David GoreDavid Gore

David has been an animal rights based vegan for the last ten years (and a vegetarian for the ten before that) As a local contact for the Vegan Society in Lewisham he has spent a lot of time promoting veganism, nutrition, and environmental protection through hosting numerous events including meet-ups, pot-lucks as well as outreach work, particularly with restaurants, large scale meal providers and local press. David has a Business and Environment degree from the Open University and nearly a decade of relevant trustee experience through his work at the International Tree Foundation.




Graham NealeGraham Neale

Graham has been vegan for more than 20 years, he has served as Chair of the board of trustees.
He lives in central London, he is a partner in a consultancy which helps organisations promote sustainability. His work includes chairing public meetings, and TV news production.