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

ELECTRO-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

Paul Gaynor

ELECTRO-MECHANICAL ENGINEER

Paul has worked within the Time and Frequency group at the National Physical Laboratory, helping to develop the engineering package for their compact optical reference cavities.

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.

Dan Mahon

ELECTRO-MECHANICAL ENGINEER

Dan has been working in the CEA industry for a number of years and brings a wealth of experience, especially in electronics. He's a huge advocate for the application of hydroponic and CEA technologies in both urban settings and in places where traditional horticulture is difficult.

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 health, 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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