Julia Hillman

Julia Hillman


The non-food Trustee who asks lots of questions

When did you join TBBT?

I met Mark in August 2017 through a mutual connection and joined as a trustee shortly after.


What was your background before joining? 

I’m a career financial services regulatory (SFA, FSA, PRA and Bank of England) and mental wellbeing advocate (Thrive in the City).


What appealed to you about working for TBBT?

I was struck by Mark’s ability to make solving problems simple by using the resources already available around us. When I visited several of the hubs and saw the top quality food being redistributed, I was sold. Not only does this help to alleviate food poverty, it also reduces food waste which in turn reduces the amount of decomposing food in landfill sites (and associated methane gas) reducing our impact on climate change.


What’s the best thing about your job?

Seeing the difference this makes to so many peoples lives across the community and reaching so many homes directly. I have been blown away by hearing the stories from members about TBBT’s impact on their weekly lives and the difference that its made – plus Mum’s stories about getting their kids to try new things.


What’s your own favourite type of food?

I love Aubergines, cooked anyway but especially into baked aubergine parmigiana.


What signature recipe would you share with TBBT members?

Risotto, with a variety of things either pea & prawn, pea and courgette, basically anything I have left in the fridge. I also make more and the next day we always make the leftovers into arancini (fried risotto balls) which I think my daughter loves more than the risotto.


Your top tip for reducing food waste in the home:

Meal planning and taking a shopping list to the supermarket. I try to also cook in larger quantities to have extra freezer meals.