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The Hunger Project Patrons

Angela Rippon, OBE Angela Rippon, OBE

Angela Rippon has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for over 40 years. The career of this award winning journalist has embraced an impressive variety of programmes on both radio and television for both Commercial and BBC stations in Britain, America and Australia.

“Some of the most successful aid projects throughout the world are those that enable people to help themselves and improve their lives through their own efforts.  Whether it’s digging wells to give a community clean water; providing toilets and community sanitation or helping people to grow their own food, these are the projects that really work.  So I support the work of the Hunger Project because of the highly successful way in which they mobilise rural communities in the developing world to achieve their own food security and meet their own basic needs. As a charity with a positive and practical approach, The Hunger Project deserve the support of us all for the valuable role they play in bringing about an end to extreme Hunger and Poverty.”

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Gary Avis

Gary Avis

As both Principal Character Dancer and Ballet Master for The Royal Ballet, Gary has had an amazing career in dance over the past 20 years. In addition to many thousands of performances at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Gary has performed at major venues all over the world.

Having danced many times for charitable causes as diverse as breast cancer and the Tsunami Appeal, Gary is also a regular supporter of ‘Dancing for the Children’, a charity set up by fellow Royal Ballet dancer Mara Galeazzi. He is particularly honoured to support The Hunger Project in its inspiring work to mobilise communities in Africa, South Asia and Latin America to end their own hunger.

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Judith Batchelar


As Director of Sainsbury’s Brand for six years, Judith is responsible for all aspects of Sainsbury’s product offer, from Policy formation on aspects such as Animal Welfare and sustainability, through to Product Technology, Product Development, Product Safety, and Packaging. Essentially driving the Quality and Innovation agendas and protecting and enhancing the reputation of Sainsbury’s Brand.

Judith says, “working in the food industry for all of my career, it has often concerned me that whilst many of us are over nourished, many also go to bed each night suffering from persistent hunger.

The Hunger Project has a real track record of delivering long term sustainable solutions through empowering people, people are the real key to dealing with the root causes of hunger and this is why I am so happy to be involved.”

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Bob Carnell

Bob Carnell

Bob Carnell has worked in the Food Industry for over 20 years and is currently Managing Director of Kerry Consumer Brands business in Great Britain.  His experience of the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008 was a catalyst to him getting involved in a meaningful charitable project.

Bob says:  “ I have been impressed by the passion and drive of the Hunger Project team in the UK.  From modest beginnings they have been extremely successful in a very short period of time.  Developing sustainable long term solutions to poverty is something I firmly believe in and I am proud to be  a Patron of The Hunger Project”.

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Rod Natkiel

Rod Natkiel, Hunger Project PatronRod Natkiel has worked in the entertainment industry for 30 years, both in the theatre and broadcasting. Amongst his many credits are producing and directing “The Krypton Factor” in its most successful three years ever and launching ITV’s longest running children’s drama series, “Children’s Ward”. His awards as a Director and Writer include a BAFTA.

He set up his own production company, RNA (Rod Natkiel Associates Ltd.) in 2000.

Rod says, “I am immensely proud to have become a patron of The Hunger Project UK. The energy with which this organisation is being led, its ‘big thinking’ and its commitment to achieving hugely important and practical results around the world are all incredibly exciting and I shall be very pleased if I can, in some way, help the charity reach its goals.”

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