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.

Sophie Butterworth

Operations Consultant

Urbanisation and geography student with an interest in sustainability.

Pia Alais

OPERATONS INTERN

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.

CHARLOTTE REMOUIT

BRANDING

Designer focused on product design, currently working in Paris at Gallery Lafayette. Contractor.

Isabelle Malone Crossley

Operations Consultant

Agricultural student with a passion for plants and farming.

Aude Vuilliomenet

Data & Plant Science Intern

An Urban Food Data Scientist, who has previous experiences in human health, vertical farming, and smart cities.

Libby Friend

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Heart of the Vertical Future team, bringing organisation from over 20 years of events experience, primarily in Ibiza.

Marley Hoban

Engineering Intern

Mechanical Engineering student in receipt of All-Ireland Scholarship. Keen interest in building electrical and mechanical devices. Lover of physics, reading and hiking in his spare time.

Peter Scott

Plant Science Intern

Background in molecular plant biology and seed technology.

Manon Aschner

Sales Associate

Background in the hospitality industry with a passion for food.

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.

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.

YESHPAUL SOOR

ENGINEERING ADVISER

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.