The School Food Trust has made six new appointments as it prepares to complete its move into the third sector.
Experts in health, local government and marketing have taken up seats on the board as the trust sets out to continue its work as a charity.
The trust's new board members are:
Sheila Adam, former deputy chief medical officer
Julie Dent CBE, chair of Torbay NHS Care Trust
Jane Hurst, a qualified teacher, youth worker and senior manager of youth and play services
Rosalind Turner, former managing director for Kent County Council's Children, Families and Education Directorate
Ian Hagg, recently corporate social responsibility director for the Findus Group
Tim Mack, head of marketing and communications at National Savings and Investments
The trust announced its plans to operate independently in October last year, following the Government's review of arms-length public bodies.
The trust will remain the Department for Education's specialist adviser on school meals, children's food and related skills, but will also offer its support and services on a paid-for basis for the first time.
School Food Trust chairman Rob Rees said: "The wealth of experience and knowledge that all of our new board members bring is so important as we continue our work as an independent charity and social enterprise, and I look forward to working with them all.
"With one in three pupils overweight or obese by the time they reach Year 6, our work to help children reach their potential through a healthier diet and better cooking skills has never been more important.
"At the same time, I'd like to thank our outgoing board members for their dedication and commitment since the trust began its work - which has already seen such huge progress."
By Neil Gerrard
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