Meet the team

Welcome to Munch. Our vision is a world where everyone has access to good, healthy food. Our operations hub is run by our core of four directors, each offering individual skillsets, knowledge and experience, which combine to drive the Munch vision forward.

We are lucky to have gathered a loyal and passionate team of volunteers and events staff who are invaluable to us and crucial to our operation. At Munch we believe in empowering communities, giving opportunities to people in the community and offering training and development.

As well as this, we are very fortunate to have forged some amazing and supportive partnerships with local businesses, charities and community organisations, who, like us, believe collaboration is key for developing long-reaching solutions and sustainable change.

“Each one of us can make a difference, together we make change.”
Barbara Mikulski


Mary Needham

Mary (MSc, RNutr) is a public health nutritionist and personal trainer, with level 4 esercise referral and specialism in exercise for weight management and type two diabetes.

She is highly experienced in developing healthy eating cooking interventions in schools and community settings; encouraging behaviour change and achieving exceptional outcomes around improved health, confidence, social inclusion, autonomy. and personal empowerment.

These outcomes are also reflected in the numerous client success stories she has had as a personal trainer and personal nutritionist.

Mary also has over 15 years of experience in high volume restaurant operations, including senior management for Jamie Oliver Restaurants. Mary leads all of our Community Programmes as well as heading up Munch Nutrition, Cooking & Fitness; she says:

“There is nothing better than seeing the sense of achievement kids get from making their own food and trying new ingredients; the smiles on their faces are like nothing else.”

Denzil Carlton

Denzil has over 20 years of experience in catering and hospitality, both in and out of the kitchen, including in high end operations and running his own businesses.

He is mainly to be found in the kitchen, experimenting with flavours and creating new, mouth-watering dishes for our lovely customers.

Denzil leads all our events catering team and can also be found delivering food demonstrations and private cooking classes. He says:

“I’m always striving to find exciting and innovative ways to use surplus food from our partners and suppliers to make dishes look amazing and taste even better!”

Voluntary Directors

Nikki Prentice-Jones

When Mary and Denzil said Munch were looking for a voluntary Director, I jumped at the chance! I’ve been the lucky recipient of Munch’s fabulous food on many occasions and it’s quite simply superb!

I have been involved with social enterprises for the last 7 years, latterly as Head of the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Hampshire. When this came to an end in May this year, I wanted to be involved with a local, growing social enterprise delivering a high quality product & service whilst at its core, making a difference to better the lives of others in the community.

I very much respect Mary and Denzil’s drive, vision, ideas, amazing skills and passion for what they do. I have over 25 years’ experience in business development, strategic direction, project management and coaching across Corporate, small medium enterprises and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Enabling others to reach their goals to make a positive difference in their own lives and in their wider community gets me out of bed in the morning! It’s exciting to help enable changemakers who are tackling complex social & environmental problems and designing innovative solutions.

This is what Munch CIC is about and I am excited to have the opportunity to support them as their journey goes from strength to strength.

Sarah Pawson

I was born and grew up into a sporting family in Sevenoaks, Kent. I spent my family holidays fishing in Scotland, which gave me my love of walking and the outdoors.

During my career as a teacher, I taught in Nursery to Year 6 and had many roles in schools, including many years in senior management, Deputy Head, Assistant Head, Key Stage leader, Inclusion Lead, SENCo and lead literacy teacher in two London Boroughs. Passionate about inclusion and vulnerable families, I have always worked in schools where supporting this was a key part of our work.

I now lives in Dorset, with my husband Eian, where I worked in a small split site Church of England school, working on both sites in Winfrith and Lulworth before retiring at the end of August 2022.

I have taken up wild swimming, we have an allotment, I love walking and my garden!

I am pleased to be able to apply my varied experience working with children, families and disadvantaged groups, together with my passion for seasonal food and sustainable nutrition to help move Munch into the next chapter.

Events Catering Staff

We have a fabulous team of events staff. We believe in treating our staff how we would like to be treated. We offer fair, above industry standard pay, paid food breaks – where they get to eat our fabulous food! And transport to and from events.

We also place a strong emphasis on team training, from service standards to health and safety and allergen awareness.

Our Volunteers

Volunteers, as they say, are awesome and we couldn’t do it without them!

We have a wide range of volunteers from all different backgrounds and we find that, no matter what their motivation for volunteering is – whether it’s building their skillsets, gaining industry experience or giving back to their communities – they all get something personally beneficial from the hours they give to us.

We are proud of our relationship with Winchester Go LD, helping us to provide volunteering opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

We are also very lucky to be able to work closely with Winchester College, who regularly send students to help with our Grub Club.

Get in touch

We can’t do anything without you, and that’s why it all starts with a chat. Call us on 07395 020373 or click the button below to talk through your ideas, answer your questions and start designing your perfect catering experience.

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