The Team

Kay Johnson

Founder and Director of the Larder.

Kay believes in ‘food fairness for all’ and aims to achieve this through the Larder, via a café, food academy offering accredited and bespoke food related courses and local food procurement enterprise.

Her PhD will explore how fresh local produce can be made affordable to people on low incomes without farmers, producers, animals and the environment bearing the cost.

Before embarking on this ambitious journey Kay spent 20 years as a nutritionist managing food poverty initiatives nationally and overseas, she spent a brief spell as a chef and was brought up on a small farm in Lancashire

Charlie Clutterbuck

Director of the Larder

Charlie is Research Fellow in Food Policy at City University London.

His expertise is agricultural science. He writes and talks about Brexit, farming and food.

His book, Bittersweet Brexit: Land, Labour and Food After Brexit was published in 2017.

Chryssa Malfa-Erguvan

Leads the Larder’s community teaching programmes.

Chryssa grew up in Greece, where her grandparents were farmers and her father a chef. She achieved qualifications in economics while pursuing a career in hospitality and catering.


Chef and front of house – the Larder Cafe


Director of the Larder

Well, not officially a Director – but most definitely would like to be!

Elsie looks after Kay and makes sure she gets to all her meetings and appointments – she is a regular at all the Larder events – and likes a lot of attention.

When our cafe is open – Elsie is in charge of our Chatter & Natter table where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers, and dogs.

Nik Prescott

Chef – the Larder Cafe


Ruby Henderson

Runs the Larder office

Joined Team Larder initially as a volunteer in organising and coordinating the deliveries for the “Cooking for our Community” project.

A proud Lancashire lass with experience working in mental health and the charity sectors, I am passionate about social issues and affecting change on a local level. I also have a keen interest in the correlation between good nutrition and improving mental wellbeing

Sarah Phillipson

The Food Academy

Sarah joined the Larder to mastermind the new Food Academy.  

The Academy will offer accredited courses in food skills. There will also be non-accredited workshops and bespoke masterclasses.

Sarah knows how to design and develop training programmes after 15 years at education giant Pearson.  She has a Masters degree from Lancaster University in food and the environment.


Front of House – the Larder Cafe

Rachel Wheble

Social Media & Website Content

Rachel grew up on a 400 acre farm in Lancashire. As well as knowing her way around a combine harvester, she’s also worked in deprived areas of Southport with hard-pressed communities.

Our Wonderful Volunteers









My name is Leah and I am a volunteer at The Larder. 
I am currently studying BSc Nutritional Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University with a strong interest to pursue a career in nutrition. I am particularly interested in childhood nutrition.

In my spare time, I adapt recipes and cook nutritious meals for my family.

I enjoy listening to podcasts about nutrition, exercise, wellbeing and sustainability.