Meet the Team


Kevin Moore – CEO

kevinpictureKevin joined the Farm in May 2015. He has lived in the East End for 20 years. Prior to joining the Farm team he worked for 8 years running a garden farm in South London helping people become professional horticulturists. Chair of the Hackney Society for 9 years and also a non-voting member of Hackney’s planning committee for many years. Kevin has a passion for restoring old buildings and is a trustee of the Sheerness Historic Dockyard Preservation Trust. He is also Past Master of the Company of Public Relations Practitioners a modern Livery Company in the City of London. He is passionate about food and cannot believe his luck that the office is next to the Farm’s Café which won the Urban Food Awards Best Eatery 2014 and Time Out runner up best restaurant in East London 2015.

Katharine Sharp – Site Manager

Katharine moved down to Stepney in 2010 and was immediately drawn to the farm. katharine chickenShe had been working full time as a doctor, but decided to pursue a career in animal care. As she gained more experience and knowledge she gradually accrued more responsibility, and became our Volunteer Manager in June 2012, and has now taken on Site Manager responsibilities since November 2014.  This role includes making sure the site is functional for all farm users, and maintaining our high standards of animal welfare.  She is also particularly excited about incorporating more information about different farming practices to highlight the differences between intensive and extensive farming systems.

Alex Collings – Farm Education OfficerIMG_4669

Alex is passionate about creating a fairer food system by reconnecting communities with food. She joined the team in November 2013 to coordinate a number of our farm education projects for young people including curriculum linked workshops, farm tours, ‘Incubators for Schools’, family fun days, work experience, and the Young Volunteers programme. Alex is also our Child Protection Officer and works part time at the farm from Tuesday to Thursday. When she’s not at the farm, Alex runs Get Growing, a social enterprise that trains people how to grow food in the city.

Hannah Leigh Mackie – Environmental Education Project Officer

Hannah joined the Education team in 2012 to expand the schools programme into food growing and Environmental Education.  At the farm she runs workshops for primary school children on environmental and practical issues such as food growing, recycling and the natural world. She also runs the After School Gardening Club, the Stepney Green School growing project and the ‘Grow Your Own Sandwich’ project. She works part time at the farm from Monday to Thursday. She also works at Growing Communities in Hackney, growing organic salad for their veg box scheme.

Simon White – Volunteer Managersimon bio

Simon has been at Stepney City Farm as a volunteer, gardening officer and sessional worker since 2009 – in November 2014 he became the Volunteer Manager at Stepney City Farm, helping get the most out of our wonderful volunteers. Before working at Stepney he worked on a 170 acre mixed ecological farm in Hertfordshire, and he took a yearlong break from his work at Stepney to set up and manage a 110 acre organic farm in Tanzania. He also helped establish regular DIY solar panel courses in London, which he still teaches from time to time. He likes to make organic fertiliser, grow salads, design growing spaces and experiment with different sustainable food techniques, and teaching all of those that are successful! In his spare time he likes to go on long walks through the quieter parts of London and eat far too much food.

IMG_0166Shelagh Martin

Shelagh has been at the farm since January 2017. Prior to that she was the full time grower for Growing Communities on their farm in Dagenham where she continues to work part time. Passionate about food and changing food systems she  has also worked for the growing communities organic veg box scheme and as an organic cook – starting a loosely formed cooking collective called Hackney  Growers Kitchen in 2012 with two other growers who equally loved cooking.

She grew up in the Oxfordshire country side and always knew she wanted to be a farmer some day but was torn between doing that and wanting to write and perform. Deciding to do the latter first she spent 15 years as a stand up comedian. In her student days she was an  animal rights activist and hunt saboteur. When not growing cooking and eating she continues to renovate her dilapidated house in Hackney.

Ana Vadeanu – Corporate Relations OfficerAnaCopac0403 (1)

Ana volunteered at the farm with The Greenwood Guild for a year before helping start the farm’s Plant Shop. In February 2016 she joined the staff at the farm as Corporate Relations Officer and already has many exciting projects lined up for corporate volunteers in the coming year. Before her time at the farm, Ana worked at an urban planning organization in the Caribbean and managed composting projects during her university days in Montreal. She likes learning how to make things and loves exploring London by bike or on foot.

Ione Rojas – Furry Tales Project Manager

me and biancaIone joined the Farm in October 2012 as an animal volunteer. By January 2013 she was already sneaking animals offsite, not to her home but to residential homes and day care centres where the guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens brought much joy to local elders. This quickly developed into Furry Tales, a project which has now been running successfully for two years and has led to NHS funding and recognition in the Guardian. Ione manages Furry Tales two days a week, is a recent Churchill Fellow, has an obsession with notebooks and boxes and is enjoying becoming an expert in the subtle varieties of guinea pig squeaks.

 

Gordon Muir – Farm Assistant

Gordon Farm PhotoGordon has worked at Stepney City Farm since 2013, involved with open volunteering, corporate days and managing the site at weekends.

He is passionate about animals, permaculture farming and also has an interest in the future of vertical farming and the therapeutic benefits of working and volunteering in city farms.  He has attended courses about permaculture and eco-therapy. He has also worked at Surrey Docks Farm where he was responsible for running activities to teach children about farming. In addition to farming, Gordon has a passion for food and Lindy Hop dancing.

Emmanuel Benedetti

Emmanuel joined the team in October 2014, working one day per week.

Highly experienced, he was Financial Director of a printing company for over 20 years and left in 2012 when the company was put up for sale. After a two year break, decided to offer financial accounting assistance to charities and now works for a number of not-for-profits organisations.

He says working with Stepney City Farm, brings some pleasant experiences – “Uninvited cockerels and cats walking over your keyboard looking for food, and live baby music being played every Friday morning. What a privilege to work in these surroundings and with such a dedicated team!”

Christina Chan – Cafe Team Leader and Chef

Christina has been with the farm since May 2015, starting as a gardening volunteer, and now on the team as cafe chef. She brings with her a passion for permaculture gardening and plant-based foods, and you’ll always find plenty of the farm’s beautiful produce on her often Asian and American influenced menu. Completely self-taught, she is always ready for a culinary adventure. Before the farm, she studied environmental and conservation science, and worked on invasive mammal eradication projects throughout the Caribbean. When she isn’t in the kitchen, you can find her browsing charity shops or one of London’s many outdoor markets.

Amy Goldstraw – Café Assistant

It seems it was fate that Amy would become the face of Stepney City Farm’s cafe. She started volunteering in April 2013 and found herself helping build the cafe she would later work at. Coffee Maestro and Baking Queen, Amy is a well known figure in these parts. When not at work, she can often be found painting, both herself and small figurines.

Roger Kennedy – Café Assistant

Roger (known as Reb) joined the Café team in the summer of 2014, making the transition from part time customer to part time staff member. Having grown up and lived his entire life just down the road from the farm, Roger has been a fan of the farm since his childhood. When he isn’t dressed up in some kind of anachronistic outfit and brandishing a toy sword dramatically, he spends his time painting wargame miniatures.

Rural Artists

Jessica Joslin – Pottery and Ceramics
Barn the Spoon – Woodwork

Board of Trustees

Jo Pertwee – Co-Chair

1235010_10151819690176705_500429723_n (1)Jo is an HR and retail professional and mother of young children. Originally from Norfolk, the farm provides her and her family with the opportunity to give something back to the local community whilst enabling her to reconnect with her rural roots. With over 15 years HR and charity, CIC and commercial experience, Jo takes the lead on HR policy on the farm and provides additional commercial and strategic support.

Thuy Ho Preuveneers

T_20150910_185608huy spent 13 years working in IT Consulting and Finance before taking a career break to raise her two children, which is when she joined the team at the Farm as Company Secretary. Since returning to full-time employment in Banking in 2013, she has concentrated on organising children’s parties at the Farm and assisting with governance and finance matters. As she is a committee member of the Tower Hamlets National Childbirth Trust, she also liaises with organisations and local families with young children.

Tor Park – Co-Chair

FullSizeRender (1)Tor first visited the Farm in August 2011, loved it, and became a trustee later that year. A Tower Hamlets resident since 2007, Tor previously served on the boards of a local housing association and a global software company based in the City. She brings nearlt 20 years of marketing and communications experience to the farm and leads the Communications Committee. Tor is keen to raise the profile of the farm within both the local and wider London communities.

Richard Thomas

Richard is a Barrister in chambers-with-a-social-conscience. In his spare time Richard travels to disadvantaged parts of the world in order to offer legal advice. He leads on legal issues.

Bessie Venables

Bessie is originally Australian but has been a Londoner for 21 years.  She is a mother of two and a local community psychiatrist, with an additional specialisation in psychotherapy. She has interests in forging useful links between the statutory, voluntary and private sectors as well as in fundraising.  Bessie has worked with rough sleepers in central London with severe mental illness and has extensive training in management and leadership, including at the Kings’ Fund. She has been a Trustee since the current charity was established in 2009.

Josh Strycharczyk
Josh

Josh started volunteering at the Farm in September 2004 aged eleven and the other volunteers have not yet found a way of getting rid of him. Growing up in Hackney Wick and then Redbridge, he became a trustee in 2010. He has since started university to study veterinary medicine. Josh’s particular interests on the farm lie in animal husbandry and food production, although he is always keen to turn his hand to the next challenge. When not in East London or Cambridge, he is probably lambing in the Northumberland hills or seeing practice across the UK.

 

Tori Flower

toriTori lives next to the farm, has been a regular volunteer since 2012 and became a trustee in 2014. She is Creative Director of the social enterprise Shift, designing consumer products which have a positive effect on social and environmental issues, and has a background in the advertising industry. She helps the farm with their communications and enjoys growing vegetables and assisting the education team with their work with schools.  

Mathew Strowbridge  Company Secretary

Mathew is a procurement professional for the UK Government, currently working on the public sector’s largest change programme. Mathew joined the farm’s board of trustees in 2014 and has been living in Stepney since 2011. In his spare time he writes on urban agriculture.

charlotte holtCharlotte Holt – Treasurer

Charlotte moved to Stepney in 2014 and became a trustee at the Farm shortly afterwards. She is a chartered accountant, and trained as an auditor specialising in charities before moving to work in the charity sector as a finance manager. Aside from spreadsheets she enjoys running and yoga.

 

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