Lisa Gawthorne is the co-owner and joint Managing Director of Bravura Foods, author of the vegan health and fitness book ‘Gone in 60 Minutes’, and is a successful vegan athlete. She was recently named by The Grocer in their Plant Power list as being one of the 10 most influential people in the UK shaping the plant based market. She was also named by The Telegraph as one of the UK’s top 50 ambitious business leaders in association with LDC. In June Lisa was also awarded the Henry Cook ward from the Health Food Institute for her inspiring support of vegan principles in business and in sport.
Lisa launched the vegan food company Bravura Foods in 2011 which distributes and manufacturers a selection of well-known plant based brands. In just eight years, Bravura Foods is now the leading vegan distributor on the market. Its brands are found in more than 4,000 stores in the UK including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Morrison’s, Asda, Wholefoods, TKMaxx and Holland & Barrett. Lisa is a proud advocate of veganism in today’s society. She is a passionate commentator on the role of women in business and has recently completed the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business course.
Lisa is the author of the vegan health and fitness book ‘Gone in 60 Minutes’ – a bite-sized health and fitness publication that can be read in just 60 minutes. Lisa is asked regularly to contribute to various journals, magazines and papers including Women’s Running, Women’s Fitness, Natural Lifestyle, Health and Fitness, Huffington Post, Daily Mirror, Runners World, and Veganuary. She has recently been involved in podcasts with Viva! Radio and Vegan Business Talk. Lisa has also appeared on BBC Global News and Sky News talking about the vegan market and Bravura Foods. Lisa has also talked on a panel at Retail Week this year and was a key speaker at the Natural and Organic Products show.
As one of the most well-known vegan athletes in the country, Lisa is a competitive runner. She has competed for her club Liverpool Pembroke Sefton, the county of Merseyside and Great Britain Duathlon teams for her age group at European and World Championship levels. Lisa is currently ranked 9th in the world for her age group in Sprint Duathlon and ranked 8th in Europe. A lover of all things fitness, Lisa balances the sport of running and cycling with regular weight training.
Vincent Hotel: Ladies that do business, Southport - My journey through business and sport - Nov-19
Food Matters Live, London Excel - Disruptive innovation for the modern shopper - Nov-19
Vegfest, London Olympia - The rise of the vegan athlete - Oct-19
Natural and organic products Europe Show, London Excel - The rise of veganism - Apr-19
Retail Week Live, London, Intercontinental Hotel Panel talker – The modern shopper - Mar-19
Unilever HQ Surrey - The entrepreneurs journey and the vegan market - Feb-19
Goldman Sachs Mtg Manchester - Talk on business growth to this years cohort - Nov-18
Natural and organic products Europe Show, London Olympia - Health of the nation and veganism - Apr-13