Adrian has a background in farming and landscape contracting before his involvement in social enterprises, initially managing a successful lottery funded project developing a community woodland within the Hull boundary.
Adrian moved to a post as Project Coordinator for another lottery-funded project, Food 360. The project set out to encourage residents to ‘grow their own’ and change to a healthier diet. Based in a less affluent area of Hull, the project involved over 2,000 people, successfully changing their views of growing, preparing and enjoying food. Leading a team of five, Adrian ran various events and training courses including – Road Shows, Farmers Markets, Town and Country Days and Exhibition Cookery with celebrity chefs. Their ‘square-metre-gardens’ offered residents a novel way of growing vegetables in small spaces.
Adrian followed this work with another £850,000 project, ‘Green Prosperity’, funded by the National Lottery.
Adrian worked with Mark Cleaver to develop the concept that eventually became Rooted in Hull and, as Co-Founder, currently acts as Operations Director
Mark is an experienced land manager in the nature conservation sector and enjoys working with livestock. He has extensive experience of working with the local community through his previous work as a ranger on countryside sites, in particular at Staunton Country Park, an open farm on the edge of a large housing estate in East Hampshire, and as the Farm Manager for the Wyre Community Land Trust, a ‘Community Supported Agriculture’ project and care farm in Worcestershire.
Locally, Mark worked for the RSPB on a biofuels project, piloting a new approach to managing the transport networks’ natural estate to deliver ecosystem services. Mark used his free time to explore his interests in sustainable development and started the process that led to the founding of Rooted in Hull with Adrian.
Mark now lives and works in South Wales but continues to play a key role in Rooted in Hull, visiting the city often and working remotely as Finance Director on finance, strategy and innovation.
More about Mark at www.houseofcleaver.com
John is retired from a career in IT & Communications management and lives in East Yorkshire. Since retirement, John has worked with a range of community organisations in Hull to help them build capability and capacity through advice and fundraising support. With regard to Rooted in Hull, John has taken the extra step by becoming a Director to help the organisation grow and develop its funding.
Tim has been involved with a range of community activities for over thirty years, including Hull and District Family Mediation Service, Humbercare, and The Princes Trust. Tim is a Justice of the Peace (JP), and currently area chairman of CRUSE Bereavement Care. He has been an active member of Hull’s Holy Trinity Church (now Hull Minster) for over 35 years, being Churchwarden for ten years, and for the past seven years an active member of the outreach team supporting rough sleepers.
Being part of an East Riding farming family, Tim has maintained his interest in all things agricultural, having recently retired as a Horticultural Supervisor at Mires Beck Nursery, North Cave, where he developed his wide range of adult teaching and horticultural skills. The latter included the propagation of herbaceous perennials, and the establishment of a native tree nursery, that was delivering in excess of ten-thousand trees each year, seven thousand of which were for an ongoing tree planting programme in Hull.
Tim is passionate about the green therapy initiative and how everyone can benefit from understanding how produce is grown. One of his aims is to have a horticultural qualification established in Hull. Because of Tim’s established work with rough sleepers he has become fully aware of the complexities of the issues around mental health and is working with the NHS mental health services to both understand and learn more about the complexities of the subject, while being certain that the green therapy has a role to play and how it could be introduced into some of the local NHS mental health provision. Tim is very grateful to have been asked to be a director of Rooted in Hull, and considers it a natural part of his own personal journey; it is so much more than plants and containers!