Meet the Team

 

 

Celia Briseid, Growhampton Project Co-ordinator

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 doing my weekly food shopping, and always look forward to all the food I'm going to enjoy cooking. I also enjoy spending time with friends, exploring new places, trying new things and eating good food.


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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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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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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Asia Pryjda - Food Education Intern 

What is your role?

I have been very lucky to be offered the opportunity to work as the Food Education Intern with the RSU. My job is to work in partnership with schools and as a result provide them with ‘field to fork’ sessions where we teach students about the process of growing food taking them on the journey from planting a seed to harvesting and enjoying what they have grown. Through these sessions we also emphasise the importance of Fairtrade, sourcing locally and eating, healthy organic food. I also help in organizing activities for our Urban Wild days out.
 

What did you do before you worked for Growhampton?

Oh boy, where do I start…? I have been working in schools as a support worker for children with disabilities and I was involved in various projects that involved working with children including scouts groups and teaching English in the orphanage in Peru.  Before I got hooked up on the education field I used to be a manager of a restaurant and an amazing mixologist!
 

What do you most enjoy about your role? 

I believe that in order to make this world a better place we need to educate our future generations about the importance of protecting the environment and teaching them about the beauty of growing healthy, organic food in a sustainable way. I follow this belief in my every day life and I am incredibly grateful that I can spread this message through the work I do with Growhampton.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I search up amazing places to visit, pack my bag and I am on the road. When I am travelling I try to do as many hikes and crazy things as possible, immense the culture and develop my skills in photography. If the time is scarce and no trip is to be seen on the horizon I like to spend my time reading books, cycling through London and practicing yoga in the beautiful Richmond Park.

Favourite fruit or veg?

Brussel sprouts. Yes, I love them in every form and shape.
“Brussels sprouts are misunderstood - probably because most people don't know how to cook them properly”.
-Todd English