Who We Are
The 300 Real Food Store members (investors) form a vital community of supporters and customers. They also have a say in the Real Food business & can use their ‘one member one vote’ at Annual General Meetings. The Real Food Store appreciates the input, support and custom of its member investors as supporters and customers.
The Board of Directors
The Real Food Store is driven by the Board of Directors of Exeter Local Food Ltd who volunteer their time and expertise to oversee the strategic direction of the business. The Real Food Store is the trading name of Exeter Local Food Ltd. The Board meets regularly and the Directors work collaboratively with the three Store Managers and the staff team. The current Board of Directors was voted in by RFS members and consists of David Mezzetti (Chair and Founding Director), Emma Parkin (Founding Director, PR & media), Les Bright (member communications), Dominic Acland (business planning) and Mel Sealey (finance).
The Staff Team
The Real Food Store is run on a daily basis by a dedicated and professional staff team. In 2017 we moved to a non-hierarchical management structure where all members of staff are equally responsible for the running of the business, applying individual strengths as well as learning new skills. This structure is currently in place at our Queen Street store and is something we hope to implement in our cafe in the future. If you are interested in joining our team, please check our Work for Us page for details of any vacant positions. We’d love to hear from you.
The Real Food Store also has a team of hardworking volunteers who give up a couple of hours a week to assist the shop staff. Some of our volunteers are members who are keen to be involved in the daily running of the business, and others are looking for experience in the food industry. If you would be interested in volunteering don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and enquire about any vacant timeslots.