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Cambridge Sustainable Food CIC Directors

Cambridge Sustainable Food
Remote working

Posted: 14 Sep 2022

Deadline: 29 Oct 2022

Compensation: Voluntary (expenses covered)

Unpaid Volunteer Part-time Flexible hours Remote working

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Job description

CSF CIC is delighted to offer the opportunity to join the board of directors and to help shape the future of our food system in Cambridge.  

As the lead organisation for the Cambridge Sustainable Food partnership in the City you would be joining a board with a mission. That is, to make Cambridge a National leader in Food Sustainability. 

In recent years, we have almost tripled in size and are looking for dynamic, engaged and committed people to join us in creating a diverse and sustainable business for the future. We are presently going through an exciting period of change and are considering ways to expand our organisation into new areas and new ventures. 

For an informal chat about this position, please get in touch.

What are we looking for?

We are especially interested to consider applications from those with fundraising, business development skills, governance, HR and financial planning experience. 

We advocate for and promote a diverse food system AND we know we could always do better. We would therefore especially welcome those from diverse backgrounds. 

Your Commitment

  • attend directors’ meetings (usually monthly) and occasional Partnership board meetings
  • contribute to the strategic direction of CSF CIC and the development of governance and business structures
  • take an interest in ongoing issues and debates about sustainable food, climate change  and food inequality and advocate for a diverse food system with fair and equal access for all. 
  • contribute to the management of the organisation (eg helping to draft reports or policies or support staff appraisal)

The position of director is a voluntary one, but you will be able to claim out-of-pocket expenses. 

Contact Ann Mitchell, one of our current directors, on 07814 258381 if you are interested.

Cambridge Sustainable Food CIC

Cambridge Sustainable Food CIC was set up (2018) to act as the backbone delivery and lead organisation for the Cambridge Sustainable Food Partnership. Both the CIC and the partnership are closely aligned to the Sustainable Food Places  programme.

The CIC also administers and leads on the work of the Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance, and the Cambridge Sustainable Food Business Network

CSF’s day-to-day activities are managed by a staff team of 6 (full- and part-time), headed by our CEO Sam Dyer MBE.

Cambridge Sustainable Food - A Sustainable Food Places partnership

Cambridge Sustainable Food is an established and innovative partnership of public, private and community organisations in Cambridge and the surrounding villages. The partnership, established in 2015 is part of the Sustainable Food Places programme run by SUSTAIN and the Soil Association and works to promote and achieve work across six key issues:

1. Promoting healthy and sustainable food to the public

2. Tackling food insecurity, diet-related ill health and access to affordable healthy food

3. Building community food knowledge, skills, resources and projects

4. Promoting a vibrant and diverse sustainable food economy

5. Transforming catering and food procurement

6. Reducing waste and the ecological footprint of the food system

The partnership was awarded a SFP Silver Award in 2021, one of only 6 other Cities to achieve this award and work has now started on Cambridge becoming a Gold Standard City.  See the action plan 2021 - 24 here and the Going for Gold application here

Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance

The Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance (CFPA), formed in October 2017, aims to work together strategically and collaboratively to alleviate food poverty in the city. The Alliance includes over 27 organisations who act as members of the Alliance and are drawn from the voluntary sector, local authority, food banks and community groups. The Alliance was formed to promote an upstream and coordinated approach to food poverty in the city, to consult with users of relevant services as well as those organisations providing services, to share resources, best practice and information locally, and to develop a Collaborative Food Action Plan which would provide an evidence-based joined-up approach to food poverty in the city. 

Cambridge Sustainable Food CIC (Community Interest Company) is registered with Companies House. A CIC is a not-for-profit company.

Application information

Please contact Ann Mitchell, one of our current directors, on 07814 258381 if you are interested in the role.

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About Cambridge Sustainable Food

Cambridge Sustainable Food is a network of public, private and community organisations in Cambridge, working to promote a sustainable local food system. We run campaigns and projects and host a wide range of events ranging from festivals and stalls at public events to talks and cookery workshops. We raise awareness about food waste, and the relationship between diet and the environment, as well as promoting sustainable practice among Cambridge businesses and educational institutions.