Education and Training Manager
I think that nearly everyone likes food but I would count myself as one of those lucky people whose days are spent incorporating my passion for food into my career. Brought up in and around my grandparents' small mixed farm, I developed an interest in food growing from an early age. Whilst not the greatest young academic, I flourished once in an environment where the learning subject and method suited my needs.
I graduated from Writtle College University in 2005 and have worked in both conventional and organic food production for the past 15 years. I have always seen food growing as a vital skill that should be taught to everyone, getting outside is proven to be good for our health and I feel very strongly that encouraging people to take up food growing as a hobby or career will eventually help relieve some pressure on our beloved NHS.
To help me play a part in this movement, I completed a City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Education and Training in 2017. I have since used my skills and knowledge to represent companies at large trade events, county schools’ days and individual school sessions. I believe that it will fall to the charitable sector to reach out and help the wider community, that is why I have now decided to join Hands of Hope. This is a very exciting time for the charity and I am hopeful that I can play an important role delivering on its key objectives.