Susie Brown

CEO, Director

WIBN Groups


Susie wears two hats - CEO of Leeds charity Zest and director of it\'s wholly-owned social enterprise Leeds Cookery School.
Food and health has always been a major interest for Susie both professionally and personally, and her leadership of Zest since February 2009 has seen the organisation develop into a respected provider of food and health work across the city, with the Jamie’s Ministry of Food Leeds project being a flagship of both Zest, the city and the Yorkshire region.
Recent years have been challenging for all such organisations in the sector and her role continues to be one of ensuring the survival of the organisation whilst enabling the best possible delivery of work to address health inequalities within deprived communities, in a climate of cuts, changes and increasing need.
Leeds Cookery School was set up in late 2017 by Zest as a social enterprise to generate independent income for the charity, and is a thriving and successful cookery school running a range of classes and corporate events in the unique setting of an old fire station.