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London Food Link Coordinator (Good Food Enterprise)

Job title

London Food Link Coordinator (Good Food Enterprise)


Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming

Gross Annual Salary

£32,292 on 0.8 FTE (FT equivalent £40,365). In addition, Sustain matches pension contributions up to 5% of gross salary.


0.8 FTE (28 hours / 4 days per week) for 1 year with potential for more days subject to fundraising.


Role is office-based in Cambridge Heath, London. Travel within London is required, together with occasional travel outside London.

Position type

1-year fixed term with a 3-month probation period (with extension subject to funding).

Annual Leave

16 days Basic Annual Leave based on 0.8 FTE + same proportion of public hols + office closures.

Closing date

9am Tuesday 15 June 2021

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Equal opportunities

Sustain is an equal opportunities employer. See our Equal Opportunities Policy.

Right to Work

Entitlement to work in the UK. You will need to hold the necessary rights/visa to work in the UK, Sustain is not able to assist with applications for work permits.

Other details

Cycle to Work scheme available on salary sacrifice basis.

About Sustain

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming, advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, tackle climate change and restore nature, improve the living and working environment, enrich society and culture, and promote greater equality. It represents around 100 national public interest organisations, and cultivates the movement for change, working with many others at local, regional, national and international level.

About London Food Link

London Food Link (LFL) is an umbrella for Sustain’s London based work as well as a network consisting of individual supporters, organisations and enterprises. During the last 12 years LFL has run several campaigns and activities, many of which have influenced Mayoral and local authority policies, and some have developed into influential national initiatives. In addition, the network has profiled and supported the good food scene in London, largely through our Jellied Eel magazine.


The London Food Link Project Coordinator will lead on London-based communications, network and campaign-related activities, with a special focus on developing our good food enterprise activities, including encouraging action by local councils. Other activities will include contributing to our annual report and review of action on good food by London’s local authorities; coordinating our London Food Link supporter network, including the Jellied Eel print and online magazine; and promoting Sustain’s campaigns to our London audience.

The successful candidate will join a group of colleagues who lead work on London-based community food growing, food poverty, action by local councils and Sustainable Food Partnerships. The London Food Link Project Coordinator will support such activities through communications and promotion, whilst also taking the lead role on the Good Food Enterprise theme.

Work objectives

You will work with Sustain’s Programmes Director to set priorities within a varied workload, covering a series of focused projects, campaigns and research alongside a continuous programme of communications and engagement with citizens, policy-makers and food enterprises across the capital. This is a development and leadership role, so we expect the successful candidate to take ownership of the Good Food Enterprise theme of work and take this to the next stage. This could help such activities win further partnerships and financial backing, to extend this role beyond the initial one-year fixed-term contract.

Key objectives include:

  • Developing our Good Food Enterprise workstream in London with a focus on promoting and supporting council-related good food policy and practice e.g. procurement, as well as supporting social and community-based enterprise, Better Food Traders and other relevant parts of the sector.
  • Inputting and support for reorganisation and development of Sustain’s perennially popular Food Coops website, newsletter and network, to support promotion of good food enterprises.
  • Developing, researching and publishing findings on council progress on key actions, including food growing, food environments, food economy, and food procurement to tackle climate change (working with other team members; and with another colleague leading on assessing actions to tackle the root causes of food poverty).
  • Engaging with Mayoral Teams and London councils to encourage action on good food, help implement the London Food Strategy and promote Sustain campaigns.
  • Working with other Sustain staff to build relationships with community leads and Sustainable Food Partnerships in local areas, to identify areas of support, opportunities for networking and pursue opportunities to support effective campaigns.
  • Providing supporter engagement, network activities, events, promotion and recruitment to grow and improve the LFL network and database.
  • Planning and delivering a communications plan for London Food Link to increase reach and engagement, covering online and printed Jellied Eel magazine, newsletters and social media.
  • Input into developing workplan, activities, funding and income streams.

Roles and responsibilities

Good Food Enterprise (approx. 1 day a week)

The following build on emerging activities in the London Food Link network, using the coming year to develop ideas, projects and partnerships to attract further support. We want to play a catalysing role in creating a better market in London for farmer-focused and values-led supply chains and good food enterprises that serve healthy, sustainably produced and ethical food.

The Coordinator will lead on developing London Food Link’s work on Good Food Enterprise through a range of activities, such as:

  • Outreach, consultation and research to identify need and opportunities for projects and campaigns to promote good food enterprise in London.
  • Running a Good Food Retail steering group with London councils and others and developing workshops, mentoring and other activities to support councils, partnerships and enterprises, with a view to develop new projects based on these ‘pilots’.
  • Running events, workshops etc to engage and promote good food enterprises in London.
  • Liaising with other Sustain colleagues, including the Sustainable Food Places team, to develop their Good Food Economy workstream with a local council and local action focus.
  • Inputting into reorganisation and development of Sustain’s perennially popular Food Coops website and national network, including research, scope and planning links with other internal and external networks to cultivate a Good Food Enterprise focus.

Annual report on actions by local councils (approx. 1 day a week)

Working with colleagues who lead on specialist themes, jointly co-ordinating the research and production of our annual report (previously called Good Food for London) that benchmarks action on food by London’s 33 councils and encourages further action by local authorities.

  • Data collection, analysis and report writing which will include:
  • Coordinating a review of the report measures and survey questions, with a focus on reviewing Good Food Economy and Good Food Retail element. This may also cover local authority food procurement (tbc).
  • Working with colleagues and partners on questions related to Healthy Food Neigbourhoods, climate change, and green infrastructure (e.g. community food growing and peri-urban market gardens).
  • Collecting and compiling data from local authorities and partners.
  • Analysing and verifying data and helping to write up the final report.
  • Supporting and lobbying London’s local authorities to adopt good food policies, including:
    • Targeting and supporting councils to improve their support for good food.
    • Attending and running relevant meetings and events.
    • Creating a communications plan to promote the report, winning media and online coverage and increasing engagement. 

LFL Networking & Communications (1-2 days a week)

The role involves reviewing, overseeing and delivering well-established existing communication channels and plans that promote networking activities, campaigns and supporters; and which also increase engagement, the number of paying supporters and generate income for London Food Link activities, by:

  • Promoting key Sustain campaigns and online actions to London audiences.
  • Building relationships with existing and potential supporters, running recruitment drives and updating benefits, discounts, website and our Good Food Map (which helps people find and buy the fabulous food being grown, made, cooked and saved on our doorstep).
  • Commissioning, writing and editing the online Jellied Eel magazine (four articles per month, plus news items); and the Jellied Eel print magazine (2 or 3 times a year), working with volunteers and freelancer writers, where budget is available.
  • Planning, reviewing and implementing a communication plan, including social media, regular Mailchimp newsletters and a ‘light’ events programme of webinars, networking and meet-ups, with the aim of increasing audience and supporter engagement.
  • Writing media releases, articles and other media stories and potentially creating actions and activities of interest to the media.

Other duties

  • Working with the Programmes Director, developing funding options, increasing subscribers and supporters and building relationships with funders, sponsors and advertisers.
  • Preparing and submitting funding applications or requests and progress reports.
  • Input into existing campaign planning and identifying new opportunities to support London-based campaigns.
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers and/or or a paid intern.
  • Collecting and reporting on monitoring data, helping us to evaluate activities.
  • Researching and consulting on ideas for areas of work and identifying opportunities for raising money, working with the Programmes Director.
  • Other tasks and duties that may arise from time to time.

Personal specification


  • Experience of working with, and understanding of, good food enterprises that source and promote healthy, sustainably produced and ethical food
  • Understanding of the characteristics of food supply chains that help diverse and sustainable farmers and fishers to thrive
  • Understanding of how local authorities can influence, support and promote good food enterprise (and good ideas on how to persuade them to do so!)
  • A strong commitment to diversity and inclusion within the context of the role
  • Interest in, and commitment to, developing skills and experience in campaigning for healthy, sustainably produced and ethical food in London
  • Experience of developing and/or delivering on a food-related project, enterprise or campaign
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, with experience of writing or commissioning news, articles, reports, newsletters, social media campaigns, and of public speaking, training or workshop delivery
  • Experience of working with networks or building supporter bases using a range of communication channels
  • Experience of organising events and webinars
  • Experience of collecting, collating and reporting on survey data
  • Excellent project management, time management and organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience of working in a team to solve problems.


  • Direct experience of working with or in a social enterprise, community enterprise or mission-driven business or of working on a food project with a focus on enterprise or economy
  • Experience of undertaking research, scoping and building relationships with diverse organisations, including local authorities
  • Experience of producing website pages, communication materials including reports and of working with a range of social media channels and e-newsletter services such as Mailchimp
  • Experience of developing and implementing an effective communication plan
  • Understanding of food policy or direct experience of working with local authorities
  • Experience of working with and managing volunteers and/or paid interns
  • Experience of meeting funding requirements, reporting to funders and submitting funding bids
  • Knowledge of the London food scene

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Diversity matters to us. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution. Diversity helps us identify where change is needed and what is required to promote equity as well as reflect the concerns of our wide alliance of members.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We are happy to discuss and consider flexible working at the point of hire.

The London Food Link Coordinator will contribute to the mutually supportive culture of Sustain (including staff and project participants) in which equality and diversity are not just respected but promoted.

How to apply
To apply for this position, please email the following:

- a completed Application form
- a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form

As we are recruiting for several positions over this period, please put LFL Coordinator in the subject line of your covering email along with your name.

Deadline: 9am Tuesday 15 June 2021
Interviews for this position will take place virtually via Zoom the week commencing 21 June 2021.

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244-254 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9DA

020 3559 6777

Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.

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