Our Trustees are volunteers appointed from the membership of the company and have involvement in how the company is managed and developed.

Being a trustee in a small, but developing, social enterprise like Grow Wakefield can be a wonderful personal and professional experience. Many people just don’t get the opportunity to join a board in their regular working life but the truth is that so many people have so many skills and experiences to offer – and, this is what we want to encourage; people who have some time to give and would like to get involved.

If you’d like to become a trustee please get in touch for more information.

Our current trustees are:

Andy Austerfield

Though a Johnny come lately food grower, I only started growing in 2009 at the age of 42, I’ve come to love the time I spend on my own gardenshare plot and the opportunity to learn and share what I’ve learnt at Incredible Edible sessions.

This passion for growing and an awareness that rising fuel prices and climate change may bring a more uncertain future for us all inspired me to start Incredible Edible Wakefield as a community group in 2010 and to try to take a leading role as the range of community, education, health and business initiatives we have developed has grown and grown.

Incredible Edible’s unofficial motto – “If you eat you’re in” says it all for me.

Growing your own food is a pleasure that can be enjoyed by everyone, is amazingly fulfilling and has the potential to bring together communities that far too often find reasons to feel disconnected.

I’m immensely proud of what we have achieved together over the past few years and hope to be a part of the Incredible Edible future we have ahead of us.

John Whiteman

I am not a gardener, I never got the bug to till the soil! However, I was energised by the Incredible Edible ethos and vision so, without getting my hands dirty at any point, I have found myself becoming a Director of Incredible Edible Wakefield.

Before I retired and finally escaped, I was a senior manager in local government dealing with disasters and emergencies. As someone with a background in project management, service and business planning I hope that I can bring those skills to bear in the development of what I believe to be an inspirational, incredible organisation. 

Stuart Boothman

I have been an organic gardener since my teens, am a member of a number of aligned organisations, from Friends of the Earth to the Soil Association, and from the Landworkers Alliance to Sustain and am also a member of the Green Party so, as you can see, food and food politics is one of my obsessions.

I have considerable experience of governance – as a school governor, as a trustee of the Phoenix Centre in Alverthorpe, and as a professional – I support school governors across North Yorkshire.

Suzanne Mitchell

I’m a very enthusiastic vegetable grower.  I’ve seen the amazing benefits producing our own veg has brought to my own family: in the form of a healthier diet, better quality produce, fitness levels, a greater understanding of what we eat and how it affects us and last but not least happiness levels.

I’d like to see these benefits available to everyone and Incredible Edible Wakefield creates amazing opportunities for the residents of Wakefield to take their first steps into the world of growing your own.


Maureen Jones

I live in Outwood but I first came into contact with Incredible at Horbury site then at Ossett and have also been fortunate to go to Todmorden a couple of times – an opportunity not to be missed.

I’m from the caring profession having worked for the NHS for 25 years and been involved with the voluntary sector with two international Organisations for over 25years.

I’m a vegetarian aiming to be a vegan, an Adult Education teacher and I have been interest in growing my own from an early age as my father had an allotment so encourage my sister and I.

I’m also a volunteer at the Mental Health Chaplaincy aiming to support carers and staff with value based training.

My teaching expertise is mainly in “Health promotion” and I feel Incredible Edible is playing an important part in this.

Community involvement is I feel a very important part of all our lives now, necessary for our full health and wellbeing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. To bring us back into our relationship with the 5 elements in a positive value based way.

Sandra Jones

I have been actively involved with allotments since 1995. During the past 30 years I have visited a lot of the sites across the district and met some interesting and inspiring folk.

I love working with Incredible Edible and further it’s aims and objectives and involving more people especially those not able to have their own allotment or grow their own food.

I am passionate about growing food, fruit and flowers and I enjoy helping others grow their own and by doing so, grow with confidence. I am quite political about food and in the past helped set up food co-operatives and raise awareness around food security and waste.

I have worked in the voluntary and community sector over twenty years, from helping set up social enterprises and secure funding to delivering on capacity building programmes to volunteering on many local and regional initiatives such as local exchange trading schemes.

Underpinning all my own work are my values of helping others; acting in a way that I would find supportive myself and listening and learning from others.

Lynda Overend

I come from a family of keen gardeners, some of my happiest memories are helping in my grandparents greenhouse as a child. As my children are getting older, I wanted to share the joy of growing food with them.

After quite a bit of time on the waiting list I was allocated a long neglected allotment in the Wakefield area. Not knowing where to start I joined Incredible Edible and received enormous support and help. It gave me the confidence to tackle my own plot and developed and increased the knowledge I already had. It is highly likely that I would have felt too daunted by my over grown plot and given it up without their support.

I love spending time at my plot and growing vegetables, I find it very rewarding, relaxing and enjoyable. I have visited a few of the sites and projects in Wakefield and feel very passionate about the work of Incredible Edible and the gardening communities they develop.

I have a background in Social work and advocate for the positive and therapeutic benefits of growing your own food, all of which I’m keen to promote and believe Incredible Edible does that very well. I also run a scouting group in Wakefield and love getting young people to think about where our food comes from and sustainability.

Clare Carter

I came to know Incredible Edible by looking to take on an Allotment within the Wakefield area & heard about the organisation from people who had plots.

I loved the concept of IE, it really suited me as I was a newbie to growing my own with no knowledge at all.

I loved the fact the plots were mini so they were manageable, I had my own space and I was solely responsible for what successfully grew/failed in this space although I attended an edible gardening club and other plot owners very kindly help each other out.

The more time I spent seeing all the new IE projects starting up, the more excited I have become about IE – I truly think it’s an amazing organisation doing so much within the community.

I work for Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) as a Dispatcher and, before that I worked as the Office Manager at YAS.

This involved the day to day running of the 2 HQ buildings, ensuring all 500+ staff within the buildings at any one time could carry out their roles successfully & worked daily with people at all levels.

So there we are – no formal qualifications but loads of transferable skills and bags of enthusiasm.

Penny Veale

My Dad was the gardener in our family and interested me in growing. He taught me that sometimes simple is best and he grew potatoes in buckets every year – even when he was 85 years old!

When I retired, I wanted an allotment but the waiting lists were long and then I discovered Grow Wakefield. They had no plot for me when I first arrived so I helped out with the community beds where all the produce is shared by the group. I learnt a lot from the plotholders and when a plot came free I took it on.I enjoyed having my own growing space to try out different vegetables. Tools weren’t a problem as we all shared the ones in the shed and there was also a greenhouse to start off our seedlings and for growing tomatoes.

Now I am part of a garden share team in an unloved space that Grow Wakefield found for us. We grow fruit and vegetables and share our produce with the owners as well as ourselves.

I find gardening calming and relaxing – a world away from the job I had working with the media. Now I use the skills I gained to help Grow Wakefield spread the word about the work they do with so many individuals and groups from all walks of life.

Alan Hudders

Since retiring from a Project Management role with a Multi-National company I have been in the third sector with the successful management of the SCSG Senior Citizens Support Group since 2011.

During my time with this group which is predominantly the over 60, s I have progressed through various roles to become Chair of Trustees for the Group in 2019. Over these 10 years I have seen the membership grow from 20 to the current number of over 450 members, with over 25 activities each month.

Whilst we cater for many activities a recent addition has been to successfully fund and create 4 raised vegetable plots for our members to get involved volunteering in growing their own produce. This is now in its second year and proving very useful

I am immensely proud of what this Group has achieved and, currently nominated for Queens Award voluntary services and with a vast experience of the third sector , I felt I could help with making Grow Wakefield a continued success.

Jon Beeby

My professional career is in the IT industry, and my corporate experience is considerable and varied in both the Private and Public sectors, for small as well as very large organisations. I am credible and trustworthy and feel I have strong leadership skills, leading by example with experience mentoring and leading colleagues.  Along with all the technical skills, particularly in the data analytics and business intelligence fields, I have good communication, people management and project management skills. 

In my last role, before being made redundant in May 2021, I managed a team of 5 with various levels of skills/experience/seniority.  I also leased and worked with senior management and directors regarding the output and report my team were producing.  I feel these transferable people and management skills, along with my IT background, would complement the passion and experience of Growing My Own (GYO) and make me a good candidate for taking on a role as one of the Directors of Grow Wakefield.

I feel I have a very good understanding of many of the positive rewards you can get from GYO, and have already got my 5 year old daughter hooked, with her own gardening gloves, trowel etc.  I started seriously becoming involved with GYO in 2007, when I was very unexpectedly diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 25.  After some of the initial shock had worn off I found myself needing to find something to positive put my energy into as a coping mechanism. 

I found a spare allotment, stared measuring it out, sketching plans for different beds, paths, fences etc.  I then put the plans into action, started sowing, propagating and nurturing all sorts of fruit and vegetables – from the ‘easy’ beginners (almost guaranteed to succeed crops) to a few more extravagant crops.  I had varied success, but learned a lot and found the whole process very rewarding, it was (and still is) a very positive coping mechanism for me. The interaction with nature, human contact meeting other like-minded people is fantastic and from my experience it certainly aids developing a positive mental health.