Meet The team

Core team

Jamie Burrows

FOUNDER & CEO
PhD Health Economist with experience working in Big 4 consulting firms EY and Deloitte and a secondment at the Department of Health.

Marie Burrows

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER
Background in Health Research, including observational & clinical research in multiple fields. Passionate about child nutrition.

Darren James

HEAD OF ENGINEERING
B.Eng, IRCA, CSWIP. Career Engineer with over 30 years of experience. Formerly at Transport for London.

Dr. Jennifer Bromley

HEAD OF PLANT RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Over 15 years of experience, former Head of Gene Discovery and Computational Research at BAT. Cambridge PhD with extensive commercial, teaching, and patent experience.

Sebastien Chenhalls-Walker

HEAD OF DATA & SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE
Rich background in equity data management and complex platform construction, formerly at S&P Dow Jones.

Matthew Montavon

Elecro-Mechanical Engineer
Experienced Electro-Mechanical Engineer. Graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology and interned at NASA

Aleksandar Anderca

ENGINEERING SITE MANAGER
Engineer with more than 10 years of experience across the automotive, aerospace and manufacturing industries.

Deji Abodunrin

FRONT-END DEVELOPER
A Biomedical graduate who enjoys building sophisticated applications/systems critical to business operations. Especially great in AWS, Python, Javascript & Scala, delivering efficient and effective solutions.

Lloyd Logan

SITE SAFETY & COMPLIANCE ENGINEER
Engineer with over 15 years of experience, including an Engineering apprenticeship for the British Army and Maintenance Technical Engineer for London Underground.

Nico Rasile

HEAD OF FOOD & RECIPE DEVELOPMENT
Talented Chef, who previously worked at the world famous Wolseley Restaurant, Dinner by Heston, and other top restaurants.

Libby Friend

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Heart of the Vertical Future team, bringing organisation from over 20 years of events experience, primarily in Ibiza.

Sophie Butterworth

SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT
Urbanisation and geography student with an interest in sustainability.

Pia Alais

STRATEGY CONSULTANT
Lawyer with experience in venture capital, emerging companies, and international arbitration. MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management from Imperial College Business School.

Jamie Cole

OPERATIONS MANAGER
Responsible for marketing, content support and creation. Background in design and marketing.

Aude Vuilliomenet

IOT ENGINEER
An Urban Food Data Scientist, who has previous experiences in human health, vertical farming, and smart cities.

Peter Scott

PLANT SCIENTIST
Background in molecular plant biology and seed technology.

Tom Bennett

PLANT SCIENTIST
Cambridge University graduate with a bachelors degree in Plant Sciences and a masters degree in Systems Biology. Keen interest in the food system and agricultural technology.

Yonas Abraham

FINANCE MANAGER
Experienced accountant with over 15 years working with various company types.

Nora Hoxha

DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER
Experienced marketing professional with a passion for food and sustainability

Non-Executive Board

Hamish Davidson

CHAIR & BOARD MEMBER
Former PwC partner, built and sold major recruitment business, and well-known across the industry. Focus on leadership and coaching.

Lord Nigel Crisp

DEPUTY CHAIR & BOARD MEMBER
Independent member of the House of Lords, Former CEO of NHS and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health. Active in global health, author, Co-chair of Nursing Now.

Dr. Nazira Amra

BOARD MEMBER
Senior Pharma Executive. Previously VP at Sanofi (EMEA). Focus on Commercial. Avid traveller and foodie in her spare time.

Nadim Ahmad

BOARD MEMBER
Former FTSE 100 CFO, career Finance Director, accredited accountant. Focus on Finance.

Fiona Nicolson

BOARD MEMBER
Corporate lawyer & former Global President of the International Licensing Executive

Inés Ures

BOARD MEMBER
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Deliveroo, previously Chief Customer Officer at Treatwell and Groupalia.

Simon Thorn

BOARD MEMBER
CEO of Acceleris Capital; Vertical Future's Corporate Financiers.

Stephen Page

BOARD MEMBER
Managing Director of SFC Capital

Technical Advisory Group

Dr. Olwen Williams OBE

CHAIR & HEALTH ADVISER
OBE for services to health. Physician and also leading authority (globally) on sexual health and HIV, as well as Chair of NASSH. Focus on Health and Strategy. Lover of rugby and nature in her spare time.

Dr. Ruth Bastow

DEPUTY CHAIR & BOARD MEMBER
Innovation Director at Crop Health and Protection Limited (CHAP). Established the UK Plant Sciences Federation and was awarded the Society of Biology Presidents Medal for support of the UK Plant Sciences Community.

Orr Vinegold

MARKETING ADVISER
Marketing professional. Previously worked in managerial marketing roles at Loreal and Savse smoothies. Focus on Marketing.

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