A CHARITY THAT EXISTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
The Act of Parliament from 1754 that helped establish Borough Market in its current form stated that the Market must remain “an estate for the use and benefit” of the local community “for ever”.
The body responsible for fulfilling this daunting remit is a charitable trust, run by a board of volunteer trustees. While the management team is responsible for day-to-day operations, the trust oversees strategic governance. The trustees, who are chosen for the breadth and relevance of their skills and experience, are here to ensure that the Market adapts to changes in the food world and uses its influence to help shape those changes. Ultimately, their responsibility is to pass on the Market to the next generation in the best possible shape. And so on down the line.
Our trustees devolve the day-to-day running of the Market to the senior management team.
Chair: Adrian Bunnis
Adrian Bunnis is chairman of Greycoat, a property development company. He specialises in the commercial real estate market in central London and has been involved in the assembly of sites for a number of high-profile City of London commercial schemes.
Vice Chair: Shane Holland
Shane Holland is executive chairman of Slow Food in the UK, part of the global organisation that campaigns for good food and farming. He is a trustee of United St Saviours, a charity with strong links to Borough, and has been a school governor in Southwark for a combined 20 years. His professional background is in food operations, involving senior roles in businesses both large and small, including food markets.
Claire Pritchard is CEO of the Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency, a social enterprise. Food has played an important part in her work, with urban growing, school food projects, community cookery clubs and street markets all featuring prominently. She currently Chairs the London Food Board.
Shawn Anderson is a capital markets lawyer, where his role involves helping companies obtain debt financing for acquisitions, capital expenditures and restructurings and advising on corporate governance matters. Originally from the United States but resident in Borough for close to a decade, he worked as a newspaper reporter and editor before becoming a lawyer.
Daisy Dunlop has worked in communications and public affairs for more than 20 years. She is currently director of corporate affairs at News UK. Daisy is also a trustee of OnSide Legacy Youth Zone: a charity that provides skills training and socialising space for young people in deprived areas across the UK.
Erica Sibree has over 20 years’ experience of business development and capital markets, with a focus on the infrastructure and financial services sectors, and currently leads on capital raising and investor relations for Amber Infrastructure Group. Erica’s enthusiasm for produce and cooking was sparked in the local markets of Melbourne, Australia. Since moving to London she has found inspiration in Borough’s vibrant trading environment, sense of community and focus on sustainability.
Eva George works on trade policy strategy at the Department for International Trade. She was previously clerk to the House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee, and the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy. She has also worked for a financial market infrastructure and as a freelance strategy consultant. She has lived in Borough since 2003 and is both a volunteer for Plan Zheroes and an enthusiastic member of the Cookbook Club.
Tim Cochrane is a Director at Montagu, a leading Private Equity fund. He has lived locally to Borough Market for over a decade and prior to joining Borough Market was a Governor at London Metropolitan University and Morley College. He is passionate about cooking and enjoys exploring the fantastic food offerings in the Market.
Danny Homan is chairman of Brighton Dome & Festival. Previously he was chief of staff at the National Lottery Community Fund and for 14 years was director of communications and development at Historic Royal Palaces. Danny has lived in Borough since 2004. He also enjoys running his family’s small farm in Suffolk.
Michelle Lam is an experienced finance professional and has worked in both the social housing and education sectors. She is a long-standing London resident, having been drawn to the capital by its vibrancy and diversity. Michelle’s passion for food is sparked by its ability to combine cultures and create communities.
OUR SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
CEO: Jane Swift
After a career in the corporate world, Jane is now bringing her skills and experience to the charity sector and has had the privilege of working with amazing organisations like the Trussell Trust, Workers Education Association and the Landscape Institute before joining Borough Market. She is incredibly passionate about food poverty and women in business and is a trustee of the Harold Hill Foodbank and the Hornchurch Passion Play.
Director of Operations: Lucy Charles
Lucy has worked in hospitality and operations in one way or another for over 20 years and has been part of the Borough Market team since 2015, following a year out to pen her own cookbook. Now responsible for overseeing the operations and trader development, she is deeply passionate about the trading community and quality produce, and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise into helping accelerate plans to maintain our world class offering on an historical site.
Director of Finance: Tony Osborne
Tony worked for 15 years in the biotechnology sector before moving to the charity sector. He spent the following 10 years working for organisations that support some of the most vulnerable people in society. He then used his experience with social housing to set up his own consultancy supporting a number of Housing Associations clients. In 2019 he came to work at Borough Market, taking the lead on finance, then in 2020 also became the lead for investment property.
Executive Administrator: Adele Johnson
Adele Johnson is an executive assistant (EA) with over 20 years of administrative experience. She has worked in a variety of industries over the years and has amassed a wealth of knowledge. She is a nurturer and people person who enjoys structure and organisation. Adele acts as PA to the CEO, as well as being the HR administrator for the organisation, and is the first point of contact for traders. She also organises and takes the minutes at all trustee board and committee meetings.
Head of Asset Management: Stephen Wall
Stephen has worked in property for nearly 40 years, with a varied career ranging from shopping centre development in Spain to institutional property investment in Germany, Holland, Lithuania and Finland. Eight years ago, he took a role with a residential charity in Islington and joined Borough Market as Head of Asset Management. This role primarily involves the management and development of the Borough Market’s 28 investment properties, all of which are located on the surrounding streets.
In-house Solicitor: Rebecca Cowley
Rebecca has over 12 years’ experience as a corporate real estate lawyer in the hospitality and leisure sector, initially with City law firms DLA Piper and BCLP, and more recently as part of the in-house development team for Marriott Hotels International. Since joining Borough Market on a part-time basis in March 2021, Rebecca has been supporting the property team, dealing with the management and letting of the investment portfolio. She also provides governance and charities law support.
Head of Operations: Shaun Johnson
Shaun has over 20 years’ experience working across the theatre, events and hospitality sectors, including Battersea Arts Centre, Bush Theatre and several London restaurants. His current role involves managing the day-to-day operations of Borough Market, including maintenance and health and safety, and overseeing a large team of in-house and agency staff. He works closely with the Market’s traders, as well as with external stakeholders such as Southwark council, the police and local residents.
Head of Communications and Marketing: Bethan Davies
Bethan worked in the PR team at Waitrose before joining as Borough Market’s Head of Communications and Marketing in January 2023. With a specialist knowledge of food and drink media and passion for social media, Bethan has a wide range of experience delivering creative campaigns, brand launches and high profile events.