Meet the Veganuary Team!

Working towards a vegan world

Veganuary Team

Senior Leadership Team

  • Ria Rehberg


  • Dr. Toni Vernelli

    International Head of Policy and Communications

  • Ciara Lynch

    Chief Operations Officer

  • Wendy Matthews

    International Head of Partnerships and Expansion

  • Mauricio Serrano

    Director, Latin America

Meet the Board and Co-Founders

  • Jane Land

    Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees

    Jane Land is the Co-Founder of Veganuary. A former English teacher turned animal campaigner, she was horrified to witness the treatment of animals on factory farms and in slaughterhouses. Together with her Co-Founder Matthew, they launched the Veganuary campaign in 2014 to inspire and support people to try vegan for the month of January. Today Jane continues to guide the charity along with a team of very talented and dedicated trustees.

  • Matthew Glover


    Matthew Glover is the Co-Founder of Veganuary. After 17 years of working in the window and door industry, his priorities and focus changed when he became vegan in 2011. With a drive to reduce animal suffering, Matthew used his business and marketing skills to launch the Veganuary campaign in 2014 with his Co-Founder Jane. Matthew served as a Board Member and Chair of the charity until 2023. He works as a vegan entrepreneur and continues to spread the vegan message globally. He remains an advisor to the charity and we are very grateful for his continued support.


  • Clare Bland

    Clare Bland is a joyous vegan and proud monthly donor to Veganuary. With 30 years experience of nonprofit fundraising, philanthropic partnership building, strategic planning, and leadership, Clare serves as senior global director of philanthropy with the leading global think-tank advancing alternative proteins.

  • Minal Shah

    Minal works as a Chief Marketing Officer and Advisor to start-ups and scale-ups. A life-long vegetarian and almost-vegan, she became fully vegan 2 years ago. She passionately supports the Veganuary movement, for the animals, the planet and her health.

  • Nihal Haria-Shah

    Nihal Haria-Shah is a Chartered Accountant, and currently the Finance Director of Misfits Health Ltd, a vegan healthy snacking company. Nihal went vegan in 2017, and is a passionate supporter of Veganuary.

  • Ruth Jenkins

    Ruth is a Chartered Accountant, specialising in the charity sector. She went vegan in 1998, founded Vegan Inclusive Education Ltd, and is a long term supporter of Veganuary.

  • Bradley Russell

    An investment manager, entrepreneur and co-founder of Manchester Pig Save and the UK Save Movement. Bradley went vegan in 2014 and is a long term supporter of Veganuary.

  • Jane Thurnell-Read

    Jane Thurnell-Read is a former university lecturer, now entrepreneur, philanthropist and inspirational speaker. Jane is longtime Veganuary supporter and became vegan after meeting the Veganuary founders.

  • Sagar Shah


    Sagar Shah is a professional economist and has worked across the private, public and non-profit sectors on a range of issues including financial regulation and happiness economics. He has supported Veganuary in measuring its impact for animals and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions on dietary change.

  • Seth Tibbott

    Seth Tibbott is the Chairman and Founder of the family-owned Tofurky Company and its parent company, Turtle Island Foods. Seth has been a long-term supporter of the Veganuary campaign and is pleased to be waving the flag for us in the USA.