Meet our team

The Capital Growth team.

Fiona McAllister

Fi returned to Sustain in May 2020 to coordinate Capital Growth (having worked on the Food and Mental Health Campaign all the way back in 2008!). She used to coordinate Growing Communities’ veg scheme and learning programme.

Fi’s background includes setting up community gardens with schools and residents’ associations as well as running a small ethical catering company. When she’s not with Capital Growth, she teaches with Made in Hackney’s community cookery programme and runs an intergenerational community café at a centre in East London.

Carolyn Wilson

Carolyn joined the Capital Growth team in November 2020 to help manage the Royal Parks Allotments over the winter. Carolyn's background is in teaching. She has been running a Community Harvest project, Grown in Peckham, for the last two years, teaching people about permaculture, composting and organic food-growing.

She is passionate about making healthy food available to more people, was involved in running a wholefoods co-op for over ten years, and has cooked/ baked/ catered for thousands of people in a wide range of settings.

She also spent fifteen years as a cycling instructor/ mechanic, teaches dance (mostly line-dancing and Argentine tango) and practical self-defence classes.

Janelle Conn

Janelle joined as Capital Growth Project Officer in 2017, supporting the network and delivering programmes such as Learning School Gardens and Growing Culture events.

For the last five years, Janelle has also been working as a grower on several rooftop gardens across London maximising the food growing potential of urban spaces and providing food for restaurants and pubs.

She is also a community gardener who has worked on several projects in the city, working with volunteers, delivering workshops and sharing skills and knowledge about sustainable urban food production, nature conservation, and gardening for health and wellbeing.

Amy Vernon

Amy joined Sustain as part of Feedback’s EcoTalent paid internship scheme, aiming to connect young people with placements In the food and farming industry. Her specific role is a Community Food Growing Intern, where she assists on Capital Growth’s Good to Grow campaign that seeks to get people involved in volunteering within their local community gardens, whilst providing support and toolkits for growers to prepare and promote their activities.

She undertook Geography at an undergraduate level, where issues of sustainability, social justice and, more specifically related, food and farming built up her passion to work within a sustainable food sector. She hopes to hone in skills taken from her studies and everyday life, and make a positive change, whilst at the same time learning all she can from her talented peers.

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams joined the team in November 2009. Previous roles have included support and development of various community groups and projects in London, particularly at Groundwork East London where she was involved in environmental regeneration projects.

Most recently Sarah was the Strategic Manager of a Food Access Partnership, where she coordinated implemented a Food and Nutrition Strategic Plan, influencing local decision-making, developing food projects and setting up local networks.

Sarah has a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development, achieved through the Forum for the Future’s Masters Programme. She is also an unpaid director at Food from the Sky, an innovative food-growing project on the roof of a supermarket in Crouch End.

Capital Growth

Capital Growth is London's Food Growing Network, with over 2000 members. Whether you are growing at home, as part of an allotment, in a community group or school you can join for free to receive benefits such as discounts, advice and monthly enewsletters.

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