Liz Charles

Food and Growing Manager

Liz has over 20 years community development experience in the voluntary and public sectors. She established and managed an award winning rural community care organisation in the Forest of Dean before moving to the north-east to join Durham County Council's Community Development Team in 2001.

She initially joined Durham Community Action in 2006 as a part-time secondee, whilst starting action research for a PhD at the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University. Liz left Durham County Council and became an employee of Durham Community Action in 2009. She completed her research in 2012 and was awarded a PhD for a thesis entitled ‘Community Supported Agriculture as a model for an ethical agri-food system in NE England’.

At Durham Community Action, she has been involved in a number of projects including a European Citizens Panel (on the future of rural areas), the West Durham Rural Pathfinder and running training courses for Every Action Counts Community Champions. She has organised the local Big Energy Saving Week several times, and more recently the Big Energy Saving Network, providing energy and money saving advice to householders.

Liz’s main role now is to co-ordinate the County Durham Food Partnership (see:

Email Liz

Tel: 01388 742044

< Back to Meet the Team