WHY WE DO IT
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.
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Meet the Team
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.