The Team

Janie Bickersteth Chair

Janie is an artist and environmental activist with a life long passion for growing food.

She lived in Durham for 20 years, where she set up a social enterprise to encourage more sustainable lifestyles, in particular, she supported schools with their 'greening' programmes.

More recently, Janie has been living in Singapore, where she set up an Incredible Edible and worked on the environmental programme of a large international school. She helped to establish a community garden for National University employees (around 3000 people)

Sue Sheehan

Sue co-founded IEL and led on sustainable communities at Lambeth Council for seven years. She is highly-networked with Lambeth’s grassroots groups.

Sue has extensive experience of developing innovative programmes that bring together the voluntary and statutory sectors.

Sue has used her journalism background to develop as an effective communicator in tackling sustainability challenges.

She has been recognised as a London Leader as part of the GLA Sustainable Development Commission programme.

Makaela Gilchrist

Founding director of the Edible Bus Stop, Mak’s interest is in breaking down barriers using growing initiatives, drawing communities together for a common good.

Having lived in many countries, and seen first hand what makes a city pleasant or not, Mak believes big cities need not be unwelcoming, grey places.

Mak was recognised by The Observer Magazine as an ‘Ethical Innovator’.

Marjorie Landels

Marjorie is a graphic designer with wide experience of leadership in community development.

She co-founded Myatt’s Fields Park Project and led the £3 million renovation of the park.

Marjorie has been chair of Myatt’s Fields Park Project for six years and is chair of Minet Hub, Friends of Minet Library and vice-chair Lambeth Tenants Council.

Vinnie O'Connell

Vinnie has been involved in the Edible Housing Estate movement since the 1980s and has helped establish food growing areas on South London housing estates for local food production.

Emma Slater

Emma’s background is in science outreach and public engagement; inspiring and connecting people from all walks of life with science and nature.

Through roles at the Zoological Society of London, the Royal Society and currently Imperial College London, Emma manages large scale public events, communications and cultural partnerships.

She is an allotment enthusiast, lover of all things green and wants to empower people to connect with each other, their food and the environment.

Giles Gibson Trustee

Giles has a background in business having started and run various companies in the IT services and software arena. Giles has also been working on building up local social enterprises covering a wide range of aims.

Over 18 years ago he helped start the Herne Hill Forum which has delivered some major urban regeneration including creating a centre for Herne Hill, started the Sunday street market, run various campaigns and managed an extensive range of social media to help promote the local area and enterprises.

Giles is keen on what IEL can achieve in the critical area of food, healthy eating and community cohesion.

Charles Nyereyegona Trustee

Currently: Charlie's Kitchen - own Private Catering Business (Lambeth).
Director and Board Member Brighton and Hove Food Partnership (5 years). Food Journalist.

Previous: own Financial Troubleshooting Company - City. Financial, Legal, Media. Project Manager Systems Consultant. High - End Search Executive - Sydney, London