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The team

Janie Bickersteth Chair

Janie is an artist and environmental activist with a life long passion for growing food and working to bring communities together (through 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 'sustainable schools' programmes.

More recently, Janie lived in Singapore, where she set up an Incredible Edible at United World College SE Asia. She also helped to establish a community garden for National University employees (around 3000 people).

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.

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.