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  • IFAN's Team​

    Sabine Goodwin, Coordinator

    Sabine was formerly a television news and investigative journalist and has worked with the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) since February 2017. As a food bank volunteer, Sabine became aware of the scarcity of information available on independent food banks working outside of the Trussell Trust network. She approached the newly formed 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. She subsequently worked with Dr Rachel Loopstra at King's College London on a study of independent food banks operating in England. Since 2018, Sabine has coordinated the day-to-day running of IFAN and has been responsible for the organisation's research and advocacy work. She is currently leading work to co-develop cash first referral leaflets beyond Scotland to local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In November 2019 she won the Caroline Walker Trust 30th Anniversary Media Campaigner of the Year Award and in January 2020 was listed as a Top 100 Changemaker for 2020 by The Big Issue.

    Maria Marshall, Project Officer

    Maria is an MSc graduate of the University of Edinburgh. She joined IFAN in the midst of the first UK-wide COVID-19 lockdown and helps Sabine with the day-to-day running of the organisation. Maria has been working to support the co-development of cash first referral leaflets across Scotland and more recently in the rest of the UK . She takes the lead on any graphic design work for the 'Worrying About Money?' leaflets as well as the poster and translated versions of the resource. Maria works on research and campaign projects while supporting member organisations with any questions or concerns and maintaining IFAN's website. Maria has recently been trained as a facilitator for a workshop series on dignity in emergency food provision hosted by Nourish Scotland and the Poverty Truth Community. She was the lead author of our recent report on Disability and Food Insecurity published as part of our joint Structural Inequalities series.

    Katie Wright, Cash First Project Researcher

    Katie is a MSc Human Rights and Diplomacy graduate of the University of Stirling and undertook a professional placement with Nourish Scotland as part of her degree. Katie joined IFAN in December 2020 as Cash First Project Researcher. She currently works with the network on a part-time basis working in particular on the research and layout of the 'Worrying About Money?' leaflets currently being co-developed in Scotland and England. She also works alongside Sabine and Maria on UK-wide membership support.

    Deirdre Woods, Co-Chair of Trustees

    Dee is Co-Founder/Coordinator of IFAN member Granville Community Kitchen, is a consortium member of Wolves Lane Community Food Hub in Haringey and is a member of the Food Ethics Council. 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.

    Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, Treasurer

    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

    Dr Maddy Power, Trustee

    Dr Maddy Power 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.

    Kemi Akinola, Trustee

    Kemi Akinola is a Labour Councillor based in south London as well as the founder of IFAN member Be Enriched, a youth and community charity set up in 2013 focused on supporting and developing the community alongside the community. Be Enriched exists to enrich communities through food running community meals and innovative projects to increase access to good food. Kemi is also managing director of Brixton People's Kitchen - a social enterprise set up to support the community to share skills with profits going back to support free meals for those on low or no incomes. Kemi is also Chair of the Lambeth Food Partnership and co-Chair of the Wandsworth Food Partnership. In her spare time she's trying to cultivate an edible garden, with varying success.

    Rajesh Makwana, Trustee

    Rajesh has experience establishing and running innovative organisations in the voluntary sector and has a long-standing passion for social justice and structural reform that spans the spectrum of local to global issues. He is the Director of IFAN member Sufra NW London, a Community Hub that provides a life-line to people in crisis through a range of services including a food bank, community kitchen, edible garden project, refugee programme, welfare advice service and more. Prior to this, Rajesh was the director of Share The World’s Resources, an advocacy NGO registered with UN ECOSOC that campaigns for a fairer distribution of wealth, power and resources within and between nations. He has written and co-written numerous articles, reports and blogs on environmental issues and the need for systemic reform of the global economy, and maintains an active interest in the Right to Food and related debates.

    Dr Sinéad Furey, Trustee

    Dr Sinéad Furey is a Lecturer on the Consumer Management and Food Innovation undergraduate degree programme in Ulster University Business School. She completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in food poverty researching the characteristics, extent and location of food deserts in both rural and urban areas of Northern Ireland in 2001. She joined Ulster University in 2013 having worked previously in consumer, food and nutrition policy in the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland, Education and Training Inspectorate, and the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland. Sinéad researches food poverty with a particular focus on defining, measuring and mapping food insecurity.

    Felicia Boshorin, Trustee

    Felicia has worked in leadership roles in community, commercial and social care settings for over 30 years. Felicia has gained a wealth of experience by working one to one with service users having undertaken operational leadership roles within various charitable settings. She was the manager of the Southwark Foodbank for 6 years. She is currently the manager of IFAN member the Central Southwark Community Hub and is director of Parents Skills to Go. She is also Chair of Trustees of the Havering BME Forum.

    Professor Jon May, Trustee

    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.

  • IFAN from 2016 to 2020:

    The idea for the Independent Food Aid Network was developed by Seb Mayfield in collaboration with Steph Ellis, Jon May and Chris Sunderland following Seb's visit to Canada where food banks have existed for decades. Seb saw the potential for an alternative approach to food poverty as practised in Canada through Community Food Centres. He published a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust report on the subject and we are grateful to him for his hard work alongside Steph, Jon and Chris in getting IFAN off the ground.


    We are grateful to Chris Sunderland for his contribution in time and wisdom as founder and trustee from 2016 to 2019, Steph Ellis for her contribution as founder, volunteer and charity secretary from 2016 to 2019 and Robin Burgess who was trustee then treasurer from 2018 to 2019. Many thanks too to Annie Connolly and Megan Waugh for their invaluable work during the Spring of 2020 at the start of the pandemic and to Ashleigh Comber who was IFAN's Membership and Finance Officer in 2020 until August 2021.


    We are also thankful for the invaluable support of volunteers Ren Piercy, Lucy Cullen, Sharon Ball and Dr David Beck during 2018, Katie Gordon during 2019 to 2020 and Laura Gent in 2021.

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