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Our Team




Mike Brook - Managing Director

Mike Brook's organic career began in 1982 as a grower of medicinal plants, and since then he has been responsible for setting up three organic herbal companies. Between them, these businesses cover every aspect of the supply chain - from agricultural production through to international commodity trading and the creation of branded products.


He established Hambleden Herbs, the UK's first organic herb company, in 1982, the Organic Herb Trading Company to distribute organic herbal ingredients in 1999 and Organic Partners, an organic grower's project based organisation, in 2004.


These companies have collectively won 26 industry awards for packaging, environmental policy, product quality, organic integrity, business ethics, education and innovation. In 2003, Mike received the "Spirit in Business" award at the annual Natural and Organic Industry Awards ceremony for his contribution to international sustainable development.


Mike has also been involved in the environmental and ethical trade movement in the UK and internationally as a member of various committees, an international speaker and consultant.



Maria Charlton - Quality Assurance Manager

Maria has worked in both the food retailing and manufacturing sectors, working  with and for the multiple supermarkets, as well as other well known high street names. Her previous experience in food manufacturing, product development and quality assurance and certification schemes such as BRC and ISO mean that she is able to work closely with suppliers and customers to ensure that the products sourced and sold by OHTC are safe, high quality and ethically sound.  


Finance Team The Finance team has a combined experience of over 18 years working at The Organic Herb Trading Company. The team pride themselves on the relationships they build with both Customers and Suppliers; a friendly approach to business transactions fits well with all.

Sales Team The UK and International sales teams have the knowledge and enthusiasm to service your requirements – whether for kilo or bulk, stock or non-stock items. If there is a solution they will do their upmost to ensure you get the goods you require. The teams include a qualified herbalist and all members of the teams have developed a knowledge and passion for what they do.

Purchasing and Stock Management Team The purchasing team have built a database of over 750 producers and farmers around the world and have over 10 years experience of contracting and purchasing. They are constantly looking to ensure we are getting the best products available at the best prices.

Quality and Certification Team The Quality and Certification team work closely with our producers, ensuring our stringent standards are met whilst also empowering small producers with the tools  to reach world markets at a fair price.

Processing and Warehouse Team Our Warehouse and Processing teams work closely together to ensure thorough handling of goods in and  ensure a smooth and efficient delivery service for goods out. Members of teams are multiskilled in various processing lines; hand-cleaning, metal detecting etc and our new large capacity blender and upgraded motor capacity for our cutters mean that we are now one of the UK's best herbal processing lines. (Further information on the Processing page)