Paula Smith

Paula Smith

Chair of Trustees

The one who writes the long emails….

When did you join TBBT?

Around June/July 2016 when TBBT was applying for charitable status and setting up its board of Trustees.


What was your background before joining?

I am a corporate solicitor advising owner-managed businesses, partnerships and corporate charities on a wide range of issues. I have worked with Mark Game for a number of years and it was through that relationship that I first became aware of the extent of surplus food and food waste which I am ashamed to say wasn’t something that I fully understood at that time.


What appealed to you about working for TBBT?

I wanted to be involved in helping those in poverty who pay disproportionately more for their goods and services but are least able to afford it. Our membership services help to improve our members’ lives whilst also reducing food waste which has a positive impact not just for our members but also for the environment.


What’s the best thing about your job?

I really enjoy hearing the feedback from our members about how being a member of TBBT has helped them and I loved it when I heard that our members at one of our hubs arranged a “swap club” which has encouraged them to use the community facilities and interact with other members. I also have to say that I absolutely loved meeting our team and seeing their enthusiasm for what we are doing and how they genuinely really want to help and support our members.


What’s your own favourite type of food?

Anything vegetarian (other than artichoke…)


What signature recipe would you share with TBBT members?

Melanzane parmigiana.


Your top tip for reducing food waste in the home:

I try to plan my meals for the week and then only buy what I need for those meals – this helps me to keep waste to a minimum.