The Suffolk County Council (SCC) Vegan Staff Network has six co-chairs that form the network committee. We represent various directorates and have different roles within SCC. But we all have the same common goal: we want this staff network to thrive. Find out more about each of us below.
When I’m not standing in a field holding pumpkins, I work for Trading Standards Imports Team and love my job. I’ve been vegan for about 13 years & vegetarian for 2 years prior to that. Vegan cooking is one of my main passions. I love to create things and one of those things was the first, self published, Ipswich Vegan Guide (Zine) back in 2018. I’m also fortunate enough to be the editor of this newsletter and be supported by my wonderful Network colleagues. Feel free to email me or connect on Instagram.
Janus van Helvert
With colleagues in Environment Strategy I encourage SCC to act re the environmental crisis; not easy but my grandchildren & Greta inspire me to continue. I’ve been an environmentalist for 23 years, including time at Friends of the Earth (before that I managed change programmes in The City & as an AD in local government). Humanity needs to rapidly shift from animal products as part of its struggle to survive. This, together with my Buddhist worldview, draws me to veganism. I’m mixed race (Dad’s from the Caribbean).
I work in the Localities & Partnerships team at SCC as a Building Community Capacity Officer. My role is about enabling communities in Suffolk to thrive, and this fits with my environmental activism: I’m helping to imagine ways people and communities can be more localised and connected, thereby reducing their environmental footprint and increasing their resilience as climate breakdown occurs. I went vegan in 2021 after doing Veganuary.
I’m Recruitment Manager for Suffolk County Council and I decided to give Veganism a go for Veganuary 2017 after watching Forks Over Knives and Cowspiracy on Netflix and it stuck after I began to feel healthier and happier that my impact on the environment was reduced. Now I’m addicted to vegan ice cream and struggling to fit into my jeans, but I’m still happy. My other passion is music, mostly heavy metal, ska punk and recently a bit of country music.
By day I am a Professional Advisor working in Adults Safeguarding, by any other free time I have I’m a passionate animal rights activist. I’m an Educational Speaker for Animal Aid, and talking to students about all things vegan is one of my passions. My favourite things to do are hang out in nature, eat burgers with Jacky boy, and cuddle my mums dogs (Sasha pictured here 💖). Feel free to connect with me on Insta or Facebook!
I’m SCC’s Digital Content Development Manager. I manage our Vegan Staff Network website, curating curious and conscientious plant-based content, including articles, guides, recipes and more. I went vegan in January 2021 after being veggie for a few years, and I’m the latest (and greatest?) addition to the Network Co-Chairs. Outside of veganism I’m into science-fiction films, comics and TV shows, as well as writing, running and football.