• IFAN's Team

    IFAN is seeking core funding.

    Its work is currently coordinated by Sabine Goodwin with support

    from Stephanie Ellis-Beecham and Dave Beck and

    with the help and advice of our trustees Jon May, Chris Sunderland, Maddy Power,

    Kayleigh Garthwaite, Robin Burgess and Deirdre Woods.

    Sabine Goodwin

    As a food bank volunteer, Sabine became aware of the scarcity of information about food banks working outside of the Trussell Trust network. She approached IFAN with a plan to create a database of independent food banks working across the UK and the list was first published in The Guardian in May 2017. By now Sabine coordinates the day-to-day running of IFAN and is responsible for the network's research and campaign work. She is currently working on a joint project with A Menu for Change to collate food parcel distribution data across Scottish independent food banks. Sabine represents IFAN within the End Hunger UK coalition and has worked specifically on the household food insecurity measurement campaign and its 2018 Universal Credit petition. During 2017 she was the producer of Food Bank As It Is - a play depicting the reality of food banks. Sabine was a television news and investigative journalist for many years and has worked with IFAN since February 2017.

    Steph Ellis-Beecham

    Steph first became aware of the issues of food insecurity in the UK when she worked at Oxfam GB, managing a project that involved partners such as the Trussell Trust and FareShare. While at Oxfam Steph was involved in supporting Seb Mayfield to develop IFAN and soon after began volunteering for our organisation. Steph's main work is as the manager of The Welcome Network overseeing the creation and delivery of ‘Meeting Places’ across Cheshire West and Chester. This involves working with The West Cheshire Foodbank and West Cheshire Citizens Advice to ensure that food and advice are widely and easily accessible locally.

    Dave Beck

    Formerly a volunteer at his local independent food bank in Bangor North Wales, Dave helps specifically with IFAN's work in Wales and on rural food poverty issues. Dave is a PhD Researcher working at Bangor University with a special focus on the socio-political growth of food poverty and the development of the food banking landscape in Wales. Researching the food landscape of Wales for the last ten years, Dave also holds a BA in Human Geography, with a special focus on local food culture of North Wales, and a MA in Social Research and Social Policy. Combining both of these academic approaches, Dave aims to help provide a voice for the independent sector of food banks as well other food aid providers through his work with IFAN. Dave also sits on the steering group for the North Wales Food Poverty Alliance supported by Food Power.

    Jon May (Chair of Trustees)

    Jon is a Professor of Geography at Queen Mary University of London. Building on long-term interests in the changing nature of the welfare state, and the nature and role of voluntary welfare provision, he has been researching food insecurity and the UK’s emergency food sector since 2014. Jon helped establish the Emergency Food Network in 2015, and worked with Seb Mayfield, Steph and others to help set up IFAN (incorporating the EFN) in 2016. Beyond IFAN, Jon is also a Trustee of Bow Food Bank (an independent food bank in East London), and volunteers with the Purple People Kitchen Food Bank in Brighton.

    Robin Burgess (Trustee)

    After training as a social worker and working in welfare rights advice, housing and learning difficulties, Robin focused on addictions, running a large regional charity for 9 years. He then led national government policy on drugs in communities for five years, before heading up the national commissioning and policy charity on problem gambling. After a spell as a local addiction commissioner, and then nearly 8 years in national NHS work, improving quality and data, Robin decided that the scale of local poverty and deprivation demanded effective local action. He returned to direct service delivery, in his smallest charity to date, tackling poverty and homelessness and making a very real, practical difference to people on the ground.

    Kayleigh Garthwaite (Trustee)

    Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite is a Birmingham Fellow in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham, UK. Kayleigh explores issues of poverty, stigma and welfare reform through qualitative and ethnographic research. She is author of Hunger Pains: life inside foodbank Britain (Policy Press, 2016) and co-author of Poverty and insecurity: Life in 'low-pay, no-pay' Britain (Policy Press, 2012), winners of the Peter Townsend Prize 2017 and 2013 respectively. She can be followed on Twitter @KA_Garthwaite

    Maddy Power (Trustee)

    Maddy is a Research Fellow at the University of York, researching the lived experience of food insecurity among ethnic minority groups and the influence of religion on food charity in the UK today. Before working at York, she was a senior researcher at The Equality Trust, a charity working to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing economic inequality, a campaigner at 38 Degrees and a researcher at the Resolution Foundation. Maddy is also the coordinator of the York Food Poverty Alliance, funded by Food Power.

    Chris Sunderland (Treasurer)

    Chris has been scientist, vicar, storyteller and one of the founding directors of the Bristol Pound, a local currency project that has attracted widespread attention. He is currently developing a new food initiative, called Real Economy, designed to get fresh food to people in the toughest circumstances and inspired by Community Food Centre work in Canada. Chris is convinced that we are living through an age of deep change, when all of our cultural systems, including our politics, our economics and our religious institutions, are being challenged and something new is emerging. Rebuilding of communities and reconnection with the earth are vital signs of this new path.

    Deidre Woods (Trustee)

    Dee is Co-Founder/Coordinator of Granville Community Kitchen. The Granville Community Kitchen is a consortium member of Wolves Lane Community Food Hub in Haringey. Dee has worked in various roles as a community practitioner for the past 25 years and was named BBC Food and Farming Awards Cook of the Year and London Slow Food Ambassador in 2016. She has a background in community food education, health promotion, organic food growing and food research. As a good food advocate she's worked in collaboration with other food actors to develop A People's Food Policy. As a member of the Landworkers' Alliance she advocates for food and farming policy change, the right to food and food sovereignty. She sits on the London Food Board and is a visiting researcher at CAWR, (Centre for Agroecology and Water Resilience) Coventry University.

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