Meet the team

Claire Peeters  – Chief Executive

Claire brings over 15 years’ experience in food charity management to her new role at Food Connections. 

Having spent eight years developing community cooking and growing projects for Ecoworks in Nottingham, Claire has most recently been with Bristol’s own Sustainable Food Trust as their Head of Operations and Development – a role she retains on a part time basis.

A keen allotmenteer and container grower in her small concrete front garden, Claire believes ardently in the power of growing food, cooking and eating together as the ultimate recipe for individual and community wellbeing.  

Gemma Thorogood – Creative Development

With a career in event management spanning over 10 years, Gemma has developed food and wellbeing areas for well loved festivals such as Bestival and Camp Bestival, Shambala and Port Eliot Festival. She is passionate about viewing these spaces as platforms to entertain, educate and inspire people to think more about what they eat.  

She was the Community Events Producer for Bristol Food Connections from 2014-16, working across the city to incite change in the way people look at food and explore some of the challenges around eating well. Gemma continues to feel driven by facilitators, foodies and survivalists challenging us to explore healthier lifestyles and take more responsibility for our own health and wellbeing.

Lorna Knapman – Creative Development

Lorna Knapman is a mum on a mission, and a believer in the power of good things. She is currently creative developer for Bristol Food Connections, development consultant for Bristol Farmers’ & Producers’ Market and Bristol Fruit Market, as well as organising Love Food Festival and the hugely popular St Nicks’ Night Market. Through Love Food Festival she has curated and delivered events for a wide range of clients including The BBC, BBC Introducing, 6 Music, Bristol City Council, Camp Bestival and the upcoming British Dal Fest !

Her passion for the land, seasonality, farming and food stems from having spent much of her life in farmhouse kitchens or hedgerows, and further strengthened by having worked in numerous kitchens and run her own food businesses. Lorna works to deliver unique, thought provoking events which come with great atmosphere and a community spirit.

Laura Humphreys – Project Coordinator

Laura has worked most of the jobs in the food industry, from barista to bartender, restaurant manager to head chef. With a career in hospitality spanning over 20 years including event management and digital marketing, she brings a wide range of experience to Bristol Food Connections. She is passionate about reducing food waste in the restaurant and catering industry and inspired to discover better ways to reduce and reuse.

Katrin Deeg – Event Production

Katrin’s interest in the ever-changing, complex world of food comes from her work with local food aid in the Pacific NW of the United States, community urban gardening in Madrid, and her French/German family who taught her that butter has a place at every meal. Katrin returns to the Food Connections team after her work with the festival in 2016. When she’s not in the Food Connections office, you can find her providing free-lance event and festival support to various projects and steaming dumplings at markets around Bristol. 


Bringing people and good food together