The team at food4families

Project Coordinator:

Sharon Fitton

Sharon joined Food4families as project coordinator in April 2009. She has a primary school teaching background and worked for 4 years for a charity in Asia & the Pacific. Sharon has an allotment that she shares with her sister and they put the world to rights as they weed and water it.


Garden Tutors:

Dave Richards

Dave is a member of the RISC Collective and designs school and community gardens for F4F. He is responsible for education outreach on the roof garden and delivers training for teachers who want to maximise the educational value of the outdoor classroom. 

Sandra Gough

Sandra Gough


Michele Atkins


Michele is a member of the RISC Collective and  


Ricky Josey

Reading born Ricky is a lifelong environmental awareness promoter, being the community lead for Reading Rescue, Chair of the Oxford Road Community Garden and the F4F tutor for the Katesgrove Community Association allotment at Waterloo Meadows.

Francis Serjeant

I joined F4F in 2018 as a holiday relief gardener and therefore not based at a specific community garden or allotment but have led several gardening sessions at sites around Reading. I came to the project from working a stint in the gardening section of Reading Homebase after many years of commuting as a London librarian. I supplement my gardening knowledge gained at Homebase with a long and keen love of gardening together with active involvement as a member of Caversham Horticultural Society.

Queenesh D'silva

I am a garden tutor at The Weller Centre, a local resident and keen gardener. I have been doing a lot of gardening with my grandparents since I was young; and that's where I got the taste of gardening from. I have also done a certification course in 'Vegetable Growing'. Apart from food growing, I also have a great passion for Anthiruims (Houseplants) and succulents and currently have about 25 different varieties of them.

Shelia Casey

Background-3 years horticultural college, 20 years in horticultural industry, culminating in teaching long term unemployed horticulture, children's allotments and allotment gardening for Food4Families.

Charlotte Allchin

I joined F4F in March 2018 as a tutor and am passionate about the opportunity it offers to connect people of all ages with their local community growing spaces. With over a decade of teaching experience and my day to day role as a Forest School Leader, Outdoor Play Practitioner and Outdoor Learning trainer, I relish the many opportunities Food4families allows to encourage gardening for wildlife, biodiversity as well as sustainable use of water and soil. 

Naomi German

I started working for Food4families in 2016 after helping to set up Erleigh Road Community Garden on an area of unused land close to where I live. I run regular sessions at this garden and at local primary schools as well as propagating plants at the base for Food4famililes sites. I’ve always loved gardening and am a keen advocate of urban community gardening as it means that even if you have limited outdoor space you can still grow fruit and veg, observe nature, meet other people and enjoy being outdoors in a beautiful green space. I recently completed my RHS Level 2 Principles in Horticulture exams and also have experience working in social and therapeutic horticulture.

Imke Wilson


Imke is the garden tutor at Whitley GrowAllot 



Beth Scott


Beth is the garden tutor at Lavender Place.