Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2016
Seb has been at the forefront of the community food movement since launching Food Up Front, an award-winning urban food growing network, in 2007. Seb followed up on the success of Food Up Front by co-ordinating the launch and development of Capital Growth in London, which went on to become one of the largest urban food growing networks in the world.
Seb now lives in Hampshire advising clients and managing projects on a freelance basis with a focus on increasing people's access to healthy and sustainable food. At a local level, Seb's projects include working with a food bank and other partner agencies in Winchester to develop a local, sustainable food system with a shift from crisis interventions to prevention and maintenance.
At a national level Seb is project lead on behalf of Oxfam GB, developing a social tech service that benefits people in food poverty, in partnership with the Centre for Accelerating Social Technology.
Seb was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2015 to travel to Canada and learn about emergency food providers that have gone beyond the provision of food aid. The fellowship has led to Seb developing the Independent Food Aid Network, a national network aiming to bring food aid providers together and give them a voice at the national level.
Seb is a Trustee of Friends of Abbey Gardens in Stratford, East London.
Personal website/ blog: www.sebmayfield.com/
Current principal role: Community Food Security Advisor
Other leadership role 1: Founder
Other organisation 1: Independent Food Aid Network
Other leadership role 2: Project lead
Other organisation 2: Oxfam GB
Other leadership role 3: Trustee
Other organisation 3: Abbey Gardens
Research: Involving Charitable Food Providers in Advocacy Efforts - Lessons from Canada
Research topics: Campaigning; Charity; International;
Secondment host: Oxfam