John Smith : Urbanag
John Co founded Urbanag with long time friend and colleague Gary Herman in 2010.
For many years John worked for a number of charities and third sector organisations, gaining both international as well as national experience in project management which has always centred around a commitment to working with the more disadvantaged in society.
John started out as a freelance photographer then trained as an environmental manager and ecologist, and now his knowledge of food issues is extensive.
John is members of the British Aquaponics Association CIC (BAQUA).
He is also an experienced trainer covering both the technical aspects of urban agriculture with aquaponics as well as community development.
Graham Wood : Aquaponics & Permaculture Consultant
Graham has 20 years experience as a Business Process Architect consulting in both the public and private sectors. He is currently a director trustee on the board of the Permaculture Association, and devotes time as a Permaculture Designer and Project Manager in the domain of social resilience building, sustainability, and the facilitation of localised grass roots change.
Graham is members of the British Aquaponics Association CIC (BAQUA).
Graham is also an experienced trainer covering the practical aspects of permaculture design and aquaponics for both domestic and commercial application.
Rowena has been doing a PhD at the University of Liverpool. Around her studies, she has been involved with a wide range of local sustainability and food security projects, and has completed in depth aquaponics training at the University of Ljubljana's Biotechnical Faculty in Slovenia.
Rowena is also a hands-on trainer for both the theory and practical aspects of aquaponics system design and operation.
Chris Copeman BVetMed MRCVS
Chris is an associate for Urbanag who is interested in community sustainability and has a passion for the environment.
He is the owner of Bryn and Golborne Veterinary Centres having almost 20 years of experience as a vet, and has recently qualified as a passive house consultant.