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 initial project finished after two years, meeting and surpassing all targets and involving over 2000 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. Exhibiting at the Edible Garden Show, Stoneleigh, in partnership with a commercial company, promoting growing vegetables and ‘square-metre-gardens’, a novel way of growing vegetables in small spaces.
Adrian followed this work with another of £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 currently acts as Co-Founder and Operations Director
Mark is an experienced land 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 with two local authorities as a ranger on country side 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. In these roles, Mark has managed, led and delivered community projects including volunteering, training, care farm activities, woodland and orchard management and community orchard development, the production and sales of produce and services.
Having moved around the country with work, he arrived in East Yorkshire in 2012 following a move to support a career move for his wife. Working initially for the RSPB on a 2 year biofuels project funded through the Humberhead Levels Nature Improvement Area, and for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust with partners Natural England, Network Rail and the Highways Agency to pilot 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 that started the process that led to the founding of Rooted in Hull with Adrian.
Mark now lives and works in South Wales but plays a key role in Rooted in Hull, visiting the city often and working remotely as Finance Director on finance and funding, strategy and innovation.
More about mark at www.houseofcleaver.com
John is retired and lives in East Yorkshire. In his spare time John works with a range of community organisations 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 organsiation grow and develop.