Green spaces make people healthier, happier & more productive.

Plants in the city:

  • Improve air quality
  • Reduce flooding
  • Support biodiversity
  • Stabilise temperatures

Growing urban food reduces our carbon footprint.

2016 UG SOAS Kokedama workshops flowers training

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Meet the Team

Bruno Lacey

Bruno Lacey Managing Director photo

Managing Director

Bruno founded Urban Growth in 2014, to explore novel ways of managing public spaces with the people who use them. He is committed to creating sustainable communities in cities that support residents’ health & wellbeing.

Flora Gordon

Flora Gordon - Urban Growth

Operations Manager

Flora completed the Urban Growth training program in 2015, and now oversees all aspects of company operations. She manages our community work with Lambeth Council, including the Edible Living program, & ensures the successful delivery of new projects.

Katy Renwick

Katy Renwick - Urban Growth

Business Manager

Katy joined us in 2018, and is responsible for increasing our impact and securing new business. She works with the Managing Director to develop & implement the company’s strategic plan.

Orsetta Hosquet

Orsetta Hosquet - Urban Growth

Jetty Manager & Carpenter

Orsetta started volunteering with us in 2017, & quickly became a valuable part of the team, with her background in interior & stage design. She now manages our Greenwich portfolio of sites & oversees our carpentry & other building works.

Sebastian Wood

Sebastian Wood - Urban Growth

Orchard & Volunteer Manager

Seb started volunteering with us in April 2016, & moved swiftly into a paid role working with volunteers, running sessions at PopBrixtonBrixton Orchard. He now manages both sites, & helps to deliver new projects across Lambeth.

Taye Tsega

Head of Food Growing

Taye has been with Urban Growth since early 2016, & plays a key role in the technical aspects of horticulture on our different sites. He is an expert food grower, raising thousands of seedlings every year to distribute across Lambeth community gardens.

Kevin Sewell

Kevin Sewell - Urban Growth

Gardener & Volunteer Host

Kevin graduated from the Urban Growth training program in 2015, & has worked with us ever since in a variety of roles. He maintains our sites, delivers workshops & helps to train volunteers as they develop their garden skills.

Our Board of Members

Maurizio Gioli - Chair - Head of Knowledge Exchange & Enterprise at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London

Maurizio has a background in Engineering and Graphic Arts and 20+ years experience working and consulting in B2B technology/research industries internationally. He is a trustee, philanthropist and social entrepreneur in London, supporting small charities and social enterprises through innovative services and ethical communication.

Jens Umehag - Treasurer - Head of Finance for Group Technology & CFO at BPVentures

Jens Umehag is an energy professional with more than 15 years of international experience and an in-depth understanding of the industry – from supply and trading to sales and marketing. Most recently he was the Finance director for BP Lubricants in Germany before taking up his current role as the Head of Finance for Group Technology & CFO Ventures in 2015.

Chelsea Renhoff - Board Member - People and Development Manager for Europe, Soho House

Chelsea Rennhoff is a manager in People and Development at Soho House & Co, a luxury hospitality business with a global network of private members’ clubs, hotels, and restaurants. Chelsea oversees the UK people function and directs programs that create best-in-class people metrics that drive operational and business success. She is passionate about instituting leadership change and coaching that connects to a company’s core vision and values.

Prior to Soho House, Chelsea was a manager of People and Culture initiatives at Chipotle Mexican Grill, a publicly traded, 40000+ employee restaurant company. Chelsea was the youngest People and Culture manager in the team’s history and successfully partnered with Operations executives on people strategy in two of the most competitive restaurant markets, NYC and San Francisco. Prior to this role, Chelsea led employee relations for the US East Coast covering 500+ Chipotle restaurants. Chelsea also has extensive project management experience having created a first of its kind Chipotle eCurrency system to inexpensively and quickly resolve customer incidents.

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