MEET THE TEAM

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GUY PULLEN

Head Grower

With over 20 years’ experience in horticulture, our Head Grower, Guy Pullen joined us from the wonderful no-dig vegetable garden at Sissinghurst Castle where he incorporated the garden into the wider Sissinghurst estate. His role with Hands of Hope, includes increasing the visibility of Hope Farm Garden to Volunteers and Members alike as well as restoring and developing the growing areas, creating a wonderful community growing space for all to enjoy.

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CATY PALMER

Horticulture and Countryside Management Assistant

"For the last three years I’ve been working on urban farms and community gardens in and around London, as well as volunteering on regenerative farms in Devon and Wales.  My main passions are growing food and cut-flowers using regenerative practices and sharing the restorative experience of growing and being in nature with others in my local community.  I have experience and training in social and therapeutic horticulture, having delivered training projects for children, adults with learning disabilities and people with mental health issues during my roles to date.  I’m now hoping to continue this at Hands of Hope whilst also developing my skills and knowledge in larger-scale organic food production and ecological land management."

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CINDY MILLS

Programme Co-ordinator - Hope Farm Organics

Cindy is the latest addition to Hands of Hope, responsible for the successful launch and delivery of commercial box scheme, Hope Farm Organics.

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TREVOR GILBERT

Hope Farm Organics Support

Following a successful career delivering engineering services for customers in the IT industry, we’re delighted that Trevor has joined Hands of Hope to support our veg box logistics operation.

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MATTHEW HILL

Community Outreach – Training & Education

"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."

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ANYA IGNATIEVA

Programme Coordinator

Anya's primary role is the successful delivery of our main project, Get Growing. She is also a trained Forest School Teacher and will be responsible for the development and delivery of nature-based activities for children at Hope Farm Garden.

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MANDY DORAN

Trustee

Mandy's remit covers community engagement, programme development and delivery, fundraising, PR, marketing and social media and anything else James has forgotten to give her!!

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JAMES DORAN

Founder and Chair

James's remit encomposes the charities primary aims and objectives as well as project managing Hope Farm Garden's development.

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SOSI KASKANIAN

Company Secretary and Trustee

Sosi looks after the finances as well as Hope Farm Organics.

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ASH MADDEN

Chief Dogsbody

In charge of everything that no-one else wants to do: delivery driver, IT, website, communications, bartender, spreadsheets, payments etc etc.