Meet our Team

Scott Crichton
Director of Programming and Hospitality
Aine Morris
Chief Executive
Matrika Lindley-Thompson
Exhibitor and Logistics Director
Caroline Peel
Press Officer
Lotti Jones
Speaker and Sponsor Liaison
Ellie Athanasis
Communications Manager

Meet our Board

Kim Waters
Chair of the Board
Sarah Dickens
BBC Cymru Wales Economics Correspondent
William Griffiths
Owner of The Angel Hotel
Jonathan Carthew
Owner of Black Mountain Smokery
Adele Nozedar
Author and Forager
Martin Orbach
Founder of Abergavenny Food Festival

Scott Crichton

Director of Programming and Hospitality

Following a career in catering; working in hotels, restaurants and private yachts in Europe and around the world, Scott joined the Welsh specialist fine food company Vin Sullivan Foods as director in 1987.

Scott was a board director of the Abergavenny Food Festival from 2000 to 2014 and in October 2014, took on the role of Director of Programming and Hospitality.

Scott is a Chevalier du taste-fromage de France and has been an international cheese judge since 1990. His interests include food and drink, cooking, gardening and fly fishing.

 

 

 

Aine Morris

Chief Executive

Aine joins the Festival with twelve years’ experience in the food and events industry. Most recently, she has been Festival Director for Bristol Food Connections, a city-wide food festival, where she clearly relished the opportunity to develop the festival’s strong connections with local communities and local producers.

As a graduate of Slow Food’s ‘University of Gastronomic Sciences.’ She recently returned to the UK after 4 years of living in Bra, Italy. As a founding member of Slow Food’s ‘Youth Food Movement’ she was responsible for developing Slow Food’s international youth outreach programme.

In 2008 and 2010 she coordinated youth participation at the international bi-annual meeting of world food communities, Terra Madre. She returned to the UK in 2009 to work as Communications Manager for the Soil Association’s Organic Food Festival, where she met Patrick Holden for the first time. After returning to the UK, Aine worked developing content for the School of Artisan Food and in February 2012, joined the Sustainable Food Trust to take the lead on their communications and collaboration activities.

 

Matrika Lindley-Thompson

Exhibitor and Logistics Director

Brought up in Abergavenny, Matrika spent over 20 years overseas. She has a professional background in theatre working as a dramaturge, director and writer in Australia. As well as numerous theatre productions, she has organised new theatrical works festivals, yoga festivals and also helped to organise a presidential visit while studying yoga in India. 

During her 12 years in Australia, Matrika was introduced to food from all over Asia and the Mediterranean and learned how to combine the styles in her own kitchen. 10 years living in rural India taught her how good food can unite people from the most diverse cultures, and how important it is to try everything! Matrika is interested in food that tastes great, that’s fun to prepare and eat, and also in the social importance of sharing food. 

Matrika has been back home in Abergavenny for nearly 10 years and loves working on the food festival which combines many of her interests. She also teaches yoga and deep relaxation.

Caroline Peel

Press Officer

Caroline has worked in PR for 16 years, becoming freelance 3 years ago in order to specialise in providing a media relations role for independent food and drink businesses in Bristol and Bath. 

An avid supporter of local food economies from field to fork, Caroline has worked with some of Bristol’s most dynamic new and favourite restaurants and chefs, as well as running the press office function for Bristol Cocktail Week and co-ordinating the Food Trail for Bristol Food Connections in 2016.

As press officer for this year’s festival, Caroline is over the moon to be involved in this year’s Abergavenny Food Festival.

Lotti Jones

Speaker and Sponsor Liaison

Lotti has lived in Abergavenny on and off for 15 years, it’s where she calls home. After following her love for film by completing a degree in Film Production in Bournemouth, she then moved into the hospitality world and became manager of an Everyman Cinema in Walton-on-Thames. Realising that she missed Wales too much – the community and the stunning countryside – she returned to Abergavenny and started working for the Festival.

When she’s not working on the Festival, Lotti is busy working on her own projects. She is about to launch a podcast empowering people around their bodies and is working on a parenting vlog with her Dad. She also runs a community sewing group called Stitch Together.

Ellie Athanasis

Communications Manager

Ellie joins the Abergavenny team this year after 4 years with the Sustainable Food Trust. When not working on the food festival, you’ll find her baking at Bristol’s East Bristol Bakery.

Kim Waters

Chair of the Board

Sarah Dickens

BBC Cymru Wales Economics Correspondent

William Griffiths

Owner of The Angel Hotel

Jonathan Carthew

Owner of Black Mountain Smokery

Adele Nozedar

Author and Forager

Martin Orbach

Founder of Abergavenny Food Festival