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.

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.

Mayya Husseini

After a decade of working with diverse food communities in Spain and Portugal, Mayya returned to London to join Sustain in May 2021. Whether it's challenging local chefs to showcase what sustainable food can taste like or connecting peri-urban organic farmers with inner-city consumers, she's putting community gardens at the centre of all good food conversations to inspire positive behaviour change throughout the food chain.

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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