Meet our Committee

PENNY – GROUP FOUNDER/CHAIR

Hi – My name is Penny. I started the NV group in January 2014 and was amazed at how quickly it grew. During 2015 the group hosted monthly Pop-Up Shops, day trips, local events, & Norwich’s first ever Vegan Christmas Market. I stepped down in Feb 2017 to spend more time with my ever growing furry and feathered family. It has now become The Cornflower Animal Haven, which I run and fund myself – looking after a family which has grown to almost 70 now!

My other interests are Baking, Vegan Permaculture and X-stitch, although most of my time now is taken up with the haven.

ALICIA – TREASURER

Hi – My name is Alicia and I am the treasurer for the Norwich Vegans.

I am an accountant (which means I often end up being treasurer!) and have been a vegan since November 2016.

I am also involved in Norfolk SAFE, a local animal rights group.

I enjoy yoga, socialising, spending time with my family and eating (don’t we all). I also have 2 rescue cats and 2 rescue tortoises.

MICHELLE – SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR/EVENT ORGANISER

Hi – My name is Michelle. I became vegan almost 5 years ago after watching a video on dairy farming. I was vegetarian for 20 years before that. My husband and children are also vegan.
I was part of Norwich activism when it started about 4 years ago, attending the Cube, Earthlings and outreach and have been a member of Norwich vegans since January 2015, volunteering my time to help organise events and look after the social media side of things.

I worked and travelled around the world for 10 years, collecting money from each country visited, I now have over 60 currencies!
I have home educated my children for 5 years and also run my own fun casino business.
I enjoy running, working out, reading my kindle, and watching Netflix.

STEVE – SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR/EVENT ORGANISER

Hi – My name is Steve. I became vegan in 2014 after watching the documentary entitled “Vegucated”. Soon after I was relieved to discover the Norwich Vegans Group as until that point I was the only vegan I knew!

I’m involved in various forms of activism as I believe it is important to expose what goes on in the livestock industry, and to promote the kinder alternatives readily available now.

The Norwich Vegan community has had a huge positive impact on my life, and I sincerely hope you will experience the same benefits.

TONIA – VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Hi – My name is Tonia, I moved here from Edinburgh in about 2012, my life wasn’t working for me I struggled with my weight, was unfit, had painful joints, didn’t sleep well. I felt stressed and unwell.

I decided to change everything. I joined a gym and gradually got into fitness. I started to enjoy a more plant based diet and decided to go fully plant based.

I checked out The Vegan Society and got the details of Penny’s group that had just started, Norwich Vegans. I started attending the group and learned loads about veganism. The whole thing about veganism, the food, the animals, the environment, the health benefits, the world hunger solutions, all made sense and I would never turn back now. Penny and the group has been a great support to me and given me like minded friends and events to go to. I would be lost without it and hope I can pass on some of that support to others.

PIERS – WEBSITE MANAGER

Hi – My name is Piers. I’m a conservationist, author and keen grower of organic fruit and vegetables in my garden at home. I’ve been interested in self-sufficiency and permaculture for a long time and am convinced that growing your own food and following a vegan lifestyle are important contributions to lowering your carbon footprint and living more lightly on the Earth.

I’m also into photography and for the last twenty years have been teaching people how to make wildlife films. Along with my daughter, Ella Bee Glendining, I wrote the book The Vegan Cook & Gardener which was published in 2018.