• Team

    IFAN is run by a team of dedicated volunteers and trustees. See below for more information.


    Steph Ellis-Beacham

    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 to develop IFAN and soon after began volunteering for IFAN. When not helping IFAN Steph is the Welcome Network Manager overseeing the creation and delivery of ‘Meeting Places’ across Cheshire West and Chester.

    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 across the UK and the list was first published in The Guardian in May 2017. Sabine is responsible for IFAN's research and campaign work. During 2017 she was the producer of Food Bank As It Is - a play depicting the reality of food banks. Sabine worked for many years as a television news and investigative journalist and has volunteered with IFAN since February 2017.

    Ren Piercey

    Ren is in to all things food and has particular interest in sustainable food systems and trying to find ways to improve access and knowledge for all. Ren has volunteered at IFAN since November 2017, helping out with events, membership and research, alongside studying for a Master’s in Nutrition for Global Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Ren is a keen Yogi, teaching yoga in her spare time.

    Seb Mayfield

    Seb has been involved in the food movement for over a decade, setting up and running various community food enterprises as well as working at Sustain for over 5 years. Following a Winston Churchill Fellowship to Canada in 2015 Seb wrote a report entitled 'Involving Charitable Food Providers in Advocacy Efforts' and worked with others to launch IFAN in 2016. Seb helps out at IFAN with communications and admin, is a Clore Social Fellow and the founder and Chair of the Winchester Food Partnership.