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Our Board

Diana Robinson

Diana has worked in the financial services industry for more than twenty-five years, holding a variety of management positions at several major global investment banks. While holding senior roles in traditional financial services firms, she has also helped to build the Social Finance industry in the UK, holding Board positions at several Social Enterprises as well as managing the Social Stock Exchange membership program.

Deeply committed to improving social mobility and a long time friend of the CEO, Cassia Kidron, Diana has recently taken on the position of Chair of Root Camp, having served previously as Finance Director. Diana aims to leverage her knowledge base, skills and network to help Root Camp deliver on its vision.

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Ian Ashman

Ian Ashman brings tremendous experience in education, particularly culinary education, and leadership to Root Camp.

Ian spent 9 years as the Deputy Principal of Hackney Community College before becoming the Principal in 2006 for another 9 years. He is well known for his involvement in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Ian is currently working with large and small technology companies creating apprenticeship schemes to help bridge the skills gap of London’s Tech City. He is also a Trustee of Outward Bound UK.

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Johnny Owens

Having been part of the Root Camp family since he was assistant chef to Valentine Warner on our Wales course in 2013, Johnny joined Root Camp as a Project Manager from 2014-15, before moving on to join Movember, where he now sits as the European Development Director. A passionate foodie and chef, Johnny brings a […]

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Jason Gissing

Root Camp is pleased to have Jason Gissing on our board. He brings with him incredible business experience. Jason is one of the founders of Ocado, the UK based e-grocer. Ocado is the largest dedicated internet grocery retailer in the world and has won numerous customer service awards in the UK.

Prior to Ocado, Jason spent eight years as a banker at Goldman Sachs and graduated from Worcester College, Oxford with a law degree in 1992. Since retiring from Ocado in 2014, Jason has made a point to spend more time with his wife and four kids and pursue environmental and charitable endeavours.

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Valentine Warner

Valentine Warner  trained as a portrait painter before putting down the brush to pick up the spoon. He worked in London restaurants for eight years under such chefs as Alastair Little and Rose Cararina, before setting up a private catering company Green Pea. In 2008 he started his television career on BBC with What To Eat Now, a cookery program based on his book of the same name.

With a strong focus on robust, flavoursome food, Valentine believes that a real understanding of excellent ingredients, producers and the natural history of food contributes as much to the plate as the cooking. A very keen outdoors man, Valentine can often be found seeking new adventures outside the kitchen and, most likely, fishing.

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