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.

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.

Jonathan McEwan

Optimisation Engineer

BEng CEng MIMechE. Chartered engineer with 26 years’ experience in the rail, consultancy and aerospace sectors. Well-practiced project manager with a keen interest in domestic green energy technology.

Sebastien Chenhalls-Walker

Head of Data & Systems Architecture

Rich background in equity data management and complex platform construction, formerly at S&P Dow Jones.

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.

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

Argentine lawyer with previous experience in advising start-ups and growth companies.

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.

Yeshpaul Soor

Head of Projects

Chartered Mechanical Engineer who knows engineering is the problem solving tool for our society. Paul is at his happiest working on wicked problems then delivering simple, genuine and useful new solutions.

Luke Robinson

Sales Manager

Former Bartender/Chef passionate about sustainability and excitable about food and drink.

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.

Kim Hawkins

Board Member

Partner and Legal Counsel at Earthworm Capital; Vertical Future's lead seed round investor.

Technical Advisory Group

Dr. Olwen Williams Obe

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.

Orr Vinegold

Marketing Adviser

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

Dr. Ruth Bastow

Plant Biology Advisor

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.