Heather Lickley – Chairperson                                          

Heather is the Head of Network Services at Relationships Scotland and is also a self employed Nutritional Therapist. She joined the ECF Board in March 2016.

Skills that Heather brings to the board include:

  • Impact & Outcome Assessments
  • Monitoring & reporting statistics
  • Policies & procedures

Laura Battles

Laura founded and runs Nom Noms, a West Lothian based food business providing a range of catering services to business and individual customers. She previously worked in sales and project services within the IT and Public sector for over 15 years. She joined the ECF Board in February 2020.

Skills that Laura brings to the board include:

  • Sales & marketing
  • Business growth
  • Project management



Nicola Farwell                                                                       

Nicola is Consumer CRM Manager at VisitScotland. She has a degree in Communications and a career in Marketing with a particular focus on customer insights and data management. Nicola is passionate about the value data can bring to the third sector and communities. She joined the board in November 2019.

Skills that Nicola brings to the board include:

  • Data Protection & Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Leadership & Change
  • Marketing


Anne Gibson

Anne is former National Development Officer/Senior Health Improvement Officer with NHS Scotland. Anne has postgraduate qualifications in both dietetics and community education. She joined the ECF board in February 2019.

Skills that Anne brings to the Board:

  • Capacity Building
  • Fundraising
  • Managing programmes
  • Managing research contracts


Alan Miller

Alan is a business banking Relationship Manager with Triodos Bank and has worked in retail banking for 14 years. He works with small businesses and charities to help them create meaningful, positive impact within their communities. Creating an inclusive and environmentally sustainable society that puts human dignity at its core is central to Alans work and the values of Triodos.

During his time working in business banking Alan has held roles as an Agricultural and Food Business Relationship Manager and his specific interest is in creating an environmentally sustainable food system that provides healthy food that is affordable for everyone. He joined the ECF board in February 2020.

Skills that Alan brings to the board

  • Business strategy / planning
  • Financial analysis and reporting
  • Relationship building and business development



Jan Williamson

Jan has worked with Streetwork in Edinburgh since 2010 and is now Assistant Director of Services for Simon Community Scotland since Streetwork became part of SCS in 2019.  Jan is responsible for SCS’ services in Edinburgh and Perthshire.  Jan holds professional qualifications in leading health and social care services; homelessness and health; and has a Masters in Human Resource Management. She joined the ECF Board in February 2020.

Skills that Jan brings to the board include:

  • Leadership in the third sector
  • Service development, monitoring and evaluation
  • Organisational behaviour and change management
  • HR management



Wendy Wrieden

Wendy is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) with research and teaching experience in Higher Education. She led and was involved in the evaluation of community cooking projects and research involving food in communities and schools for many years.   She now volunteers with the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, the National Trust for Scotland and the Royal Highland Education Trust. She joined the ECF Board in February 2020

Skills that Wendy brings to the board

  • Research management
  • Evaluation
  • Public Health Nutrition

Leigh-Ann Hunter (sabbatical)

  • Leigh-Anne has recently taken up post as a Lead Practitioner at Thistle Foundation. Previous to this she was a team leader at Teens+.
  • Leigh-Anne joined the ECF board in February 2019.