Meet the Team

 

 

Celia Briseid, Growhampton Project Manager

What is your role?

I manage and develop all elements of the Growhampton project.

What did you do before you worked for Growhampton?

After 7 years in retail I decided to come to the University of Roehampton to study Anthropology, and it was here I found my great passion for sustainability and the environment. As a student I started the Roehampton Rainforest Society and was the elected Environment and Fairtrade Officer for 2014/15 and during this academic year, I also worked part time in The Hive Cafe. I have been volunteering with the project since 2014, and in 2016 I completed a summer internship with Growhampton developing a volunteer and engagement strategy.
 

What do you most enjoy about your role?

I love to see people excited about sustainability and be passionate about something that matters to them - that is pure magic.
 

What do you do when you are not at work?

I love food and cooking, it it what I most looking forward to every day. One of my favourite things to do is to share a great meal together with great people! I also enjoy exploring new places (especially if they involve food), reading, nature and learning new things. 


Favourite fruit or veg?

How can you make me choose?! It changes constantly, but in this very moment, I am freaking out about Fennel. Grate it raw in a raw slaw...Yum!

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Ollie Cem, Edible Campus Coordinator 

What is your role?

I support students in developing life-long skills in food-growing. I coordinate all the growing side of things ... sowing seeds, planting, watering and harvesting.

What did you do before you worked for Growhampton?

I've been fortunate enough to work in Devon, Istanbul and Beijing in recent years as an organic grower, journalist and teacher. My growing journey and interest in food sovereignty crystallised when I spent 4 months with a farming cooperative as part of a Master's in development studies. I've been obsessed with plants, trees and urban farming ever since.

What do you most enjoy about your role?

The variety! An average day might involve harvesting veg in the polytunnel, then hot-stepping over to The Hive, before getting some admin done in the office.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I love being on the move. I can usually be found peddling through Richmond Park or running along the Grand Union Canal. Destination unknown. I'm also really fascinated by ‘weeds’ and foraging. There are some amazing edible alleyways close to where I live between Ealing and Wembley, with all sorts of dangling fruit to entice the curious passer-by.

Favourite fruit or veg?

That's a tough one ... I would have to say squash ... it's versatile, colourful and stores really well over the winter.

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Nick Owen, Hive Cafe Manager


What is your role?

I manage The Hive Cafe which is the social enterprise element of Growhampton, ensuring it is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

What did you do before you worked for Growhampton?

I have been lucky enough to have had many great experiences which have brought me to my role with Growhampton.  Before I started I had been living in the mountains of western Canada, building a farmstead with an off grid cabin and working towards food sustainability, growing our own food.  I have also worked for a coffee roastery and cafe which was run with sustainable values, where I developed a passion for fine coffee.

What do you most enjoy about your role?

Demonstrating that a business can be run successfully along ethical and sustainable lines and sharing great coffee.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I have a 9 year old son and love spending time with him.  I am passionate about our oceans and scuba diving, and have worked for years as a scuba instructor.  Most weekends, I seem to be hunting for cafés with great coffee and food.

What is your favourite fruit or veg?

I love heirloom fruits and veggies and I'm always excited about what the new season brings. Right now, I'm grooving on the growhampton baby kale.

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Emily Wright, Kitchen manager at The Hive Cafe.

What is your role?
As chef my main duty is to create the hot dishes that are served every day at The Hive. All the recipes are nutritionally balanced, vegan, mostly gluten free, and from my ‘recipe archive’. I make them vegan because I want everyone to be able to enjoy them, plus as a nation we consume too many meat and dairy products and not enough fruit, grains and veg, and we don’t necessarily need them in every meal! Plus to keep the meals affordable for our lovely students gotta cut out excess expense!

What did you do before you worked for Growhampton?
Studied Therapeutic Psychology at Roehampton and worked at Tiger UK.

What do you most enjoy about your role?
The opportunity to do something I love every day and be creative with my recipes, working with organic, sustainable produce and working with a fab and fun bunch of people!

What do you do when you are not at work?
Cook! Haha, I have a food blog so I recipe test and try to post as frequently as I can! I also volunteer at Great Ormond Street Hospital some weekends and do a bit of yoga to keep me healthy and sane! Oh, and see friends/family, eat and drink lots of flat whites!

Favourite fruit or veg?
Hmmmm... that’s so difficult! I think it’s gotta be sweet potato for veg and for fruit, bananas because they’re so versataile. 


Hillary Ann Nevyjel, Chicken Coordinator 

What is your role?

I am the chicken project co-ordinator. I take care of our lovely hens, help organise the volunteers and do the initial chicken training for everyone who is interested to help take care of our hens.

What did you do before you worked for Growhampton?

I am still in my other jobs next to working for Growhampton: life-guarding, swimming teaching and nannying (later used to be in Australia, now in Ham and Sheen mostly). Plus I am studying Creative Writing and English Literature at Roehampton.

What do you do when you are not at work?

Not something that happens very often! I love running, reading and writing, so you will either find me in Richmond Park training for my next marathon or somewhere in London -anywhere from parks to museums to cafés- with a book and pen in hand capturing inspiration. 

Favourite fruit or veg?

Passionfruit, but I do like them all!

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