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Hi, my name is Oli and I’m very proud to be the Operations Manager at Fareshare Sussex. I started this role at the beginning of March, just as COVID intensified food poverty across Sussex and Surrey.

As the Operations Manager, my role means that I am responsible for compliance with Food Hygiene, Health and Safety legislation, and FareShare UK directives. This means that a large part of my role is devoted to analysing risk, working with the warehouse team to improve our processes, and helping to oversee volunteer compliance with our safety policies. I also manage relations with all of our amazing members who all do such incredible work across the two counties towards fighting hunger and food waste.

Additionally, I line manage two of my colleagues: Josie, our Volunteer Coordinator, and Emily, our Warehouse Manager. Like the rest of the team, they are both so passionate about reducing food waste, and so innovative in their thinking, that being their line manager is a real privilege.

The unpredictable nature of FareShare Sussex means that I occasionally drive the odd van, help in the warehouse when cover is needed, and sometimes unload lorries with the Forklift Truck. This is one of my favourite things about working here – it’s so varied! I also love the feeling of knowing that the organisation I work for is making a real impact in the community, and I feel so lucky to be working as part of such a dynamic and friendly team.

When I’m home I look after my sausage dog Lola with my partner. I also love doing practical activities that are good for my well-being such as woodworking, cycling, and the occasional bit of origami; unfortunately, I’m not particularly brilliant at any of them!