Amanda is the founder of Urban-Vertical and is Head of Operations and oversee's the general running of the company and it's programmes. She is responsible for managing the farm and coordinating our trainee and volunteer programmes.
Amanda has dedicated most of her career working in education and managing community arts programmes, events, and employability provision. Her background has been the catalyst in designing Urban-Vertical CIC.
Mainly living in Devon and Cornwall, Amanda gained experience and qualifications in horticulture & floristry, and as a mature student went on to complete a BA (hons) in Film Arts, an MA in Songwriting, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Her strength is using creative and hand-on activities to promote personal and professional growth. Amanda uses music and filmmaking projects to help re-engage disadvantaged young people, supporting them to progress into education, employment or enterprise. Amanda is also an Arts Award Advisor and can deliver Bronze, Silver & Gold qualifications. Connecting with The Princes Trust, The Youth Service, The Prison Service and within specialist schools and colleges, she gained UK recognition in 2016 after winning The Creative and Cultural Skills Award for outstanding vocational training. She returned to her love of growing and set-up The Micro Greengrocer during lockdown and as part of her vertical farming business, Amanda has studied through Bioinnovation Wales - achieving a certificate in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), which has shaped the development of Urban-Vertical CIC.
Sancha is our Head of Education at Urban-Vertical and is responsible for our schools and colleges programme. She has dedicated her adult life to education through training and work experiences, including gaining an MA in Education from the University of Exeter. She has a particular interest in working with disadvantaged groups and this is what led her, after many years of working in educational settings, to gain her teaching qualification through the Teach First charity. The charity trains teachers to work in disadvantaged schools with the vision to end educational inequality. Qualifying as a secondary school English teacher allowed Sancha to put into practice the values she held about Education, and these are values which she carries with her into her role at Urban-Vertical: equal opportunity for all; holistic growth and wellbeing; championing community and effective leadership. Sancha is originally from Devon, but now lives in Bristol with her partner and their two cats. Her favourite place to be is the seaside, so their weekends are often spent heading to the beach, walking, cycling, and when she’s feeling very brave, cold-water dips.
Hannah is Head of Wellbeing at Urban-Vertical. She studied Journalism, Film & Broadcasting at Cardiff University and enjoyed working for BBC Radio Wales for 8 years as a Researcher and Broadcast Assistant on lifestyle and music programmes. Her love of journalism took her to London to work as an intern at The Ecologist magazine writing articles for their green lifestyle section which served to deepen her commitment to living ecologically. A long-time supporter of local businesses and economies she set up one of Wales’s first online green shops selling organic and green household products mainly sourced from producers in Wales. In her mid-20s she developed a passion for health and wellbeing and has taken a number of short and long courses to help her learn the many ways to stay mentally, physically and emotionally well, especially through food and in 2013 gained a Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition. She has a deep interest in helping people experiencing mental health problems and mood disorders regain their sense of purpose, connection and calm. One of the ways she teaches wellbeing and self-development is through bellydance and has delivered classes and workshops to community groups and charities across South Wales including MIND Cymru, Welsh Refugee Council and Women’s Aid. She is also an Independent Celebrant and creates tailormade wedding and funeral ceremonies that are personal and meaningful. Hannah lives in Cardiff and as well loving anything to do with food, likes to spend time visiting new places be it just down the road or the other side of the world.
Richard is Head of Research & Development at Urban-Vertical and his role includes finding low-cost solutions in helping reduce the carbon footprint of our farm and activities to enable our practices to become even more sustainable.
Richard is an established microgreens grower, running his own farm near Chepstow until joining the Urban-Vertical team.
Previously an engineer, Richard has used his expertise in trialing alternative bio-friendly materials and methods for growing microgreens. Always looking to make his systems and operations more efficient and planet-friendly, Richard is looking forward to developing a series of workshops to involve our community, in conducting experiments, creations and prototypes.
Originally from Stroud, Richard likes nothing better than spending time in his garden, getting his hands in soil and building 'stuff' from nothing...oh, and watching sport!
Sam spearheads design operations at Urban-Vertical and is responsible for our brand identity and image within the CIC. Residing in Bristol since 2017, he constantly draws influence from the vibrancy and community-driven spirit of the city, which have become the foundation for his own design ethos; design is a communication tool, and communication and education can make a vital difference to the world. Sam obtained a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from UWE, as well as a prior foundation degree in Art & Design, which has allowed him to take on clients such as Age UK, The BE Project [Bristol] and Onscreen Magazine. In his free time Sam's creativity transcends from a digital to culinary platform and you'll find him experimenting in the kitchen with variety of (mainly Asian) flavours.
Hazel & Will are our valuable volunteers at the farm, supporting Amanda while building the business. Hazel met Amanda at Pontcanna Market and immediately offered her time as a weekly volunteer to help with the general running of the farm; sowing and watering the crops, and preparing the microgreens for market. Hazels background of hospitality, and wealth of knowledge of the local restaurant scene has helped bring in new customers. With Hazels support, Amanda was able to take time away from the farm to develop and deliver schools and community workshops.
Will has been an active supporter of the business after meeting Amanda at Riverside Farmers Market. With Wills energy and proactive attitude, he has assisted in delivering our community workshops. His natural enthusiasm and friendly approach has helped participants to engage and enjoy our activities.Together, Amanda & Will have developed some tasty recipe ideas which feature microgreens as the main ingredient.