About Us

The Team

Whilst we may have grown a lot since 1982, we are proud to be an independent business with a genuine family atmosphere.

James Hine

Warehouse Operative

James Hine

James Hine

Warehouse Operative

James joined Organic Herb Trading in 2017, after previously working a wide range of jobs, from butcher to window cleaner, and even leading a team stitching expensive designer handbags.

He originally joined the Milling and Warehouse Team but now works full-time in the Packing Room alongside the Packing Room Supervisor. He is also responsible for the purchasing of warehouse and milling supplies and equipment.

In his spare time James enjoys nothing more than DJ’ing, making music and organising local music events in and around Taunton.

Jon Trevelyan

Warehouse Deputy Manager

Jon Trevelyan

Jon Trevelyan

Warehouse Deputy Manager

Jon is a warehouse professional having worked over a decade in warehouse related roles in differing sectors.

Jon currently oversees all things warehouse at our Milverton site and is a very enthusiastic member of the Organic Herb Trading team.

Outside of work Jon enjoys days out with his family and is an avid Manchester United fan. He is also a keen fisherman and when time allows loves to fish along Somerset and Dorset coastline.

Joe Nicholson

Warehouse Operative

Joe Nicholson

Joe Nicholson

Warehouse Operative

Joe joined Organic Herb Trading in 2020, after returning from travels in India.

He works full time in the Packing Room, where he champions his enthusiasm for organic herbs, and has a reputation for making the best muffins.

Outside of work, Joe runs a small catering business supplying high vitality foods for yoga retreats and the occasional wedding. In his spare time Joe enjoys nothing more than countryside strolls with his two Collies, wobbling around on his slackline and conjuring various edible delights.

Eileen Clark

Supply Chain Manager

Eileen Clark

Eileen Clark

Supply Chain Manager

Eileen is responsible for our purchasing from Egypt, keeping us in stock of key items such as Chamomile, Marigold and Peppermint. Working closely with a colleague based in Cairo and with our approved suppliers, she plans our contracts in line with harvest times, and pins down the fine details of cut and quality to ensure products meet our customers’ needs. 

Having been with Organic Herb Trading since 2011, Eileen has played a number of roles, visiting wild-harvesters and farmers from Hungary to Guatemala and working closely with organic brands to deliver raw materials that tick all their boxes.  Drawing on her background at the Fairtrade Foundation, and in Paraguay working for a co-operative of sugar cane farmers, Eileen successfully led us through our first Fair for Life audit, and established our Statement on Modern Slavery and our Ethical Sourcing Policy. 

Eileen enjoys cycling, swimming and music, and exploring outdoors with her family.

Matt Richards

Supplier Relationships Manager

Matt Richards

Matt Richards

Supplier Relationships Manager

As our Supplier Relationships Manager, Matt manages the crucial relationships we have with our suppliers to ensure we are working together in the best way possible. Part of this is working closely with suppliers on quality issues to ensure all our products meet our rigorous specifications. He also plans our supply chains to ensure we have security in our supply, including initiating projects for growing plants specifically for us.

Matt came to Organic Herb Trading in October 2014, from the Environment Agency where he coordinated projects on water quality and land use and specialised in strategic planning. Previously he has also worked on climate change and agriculture policy for the UK government, managed projects for Transition Town Bristol and been an active member of the Soil Association for over 10 years. Matt has also seen the complex issues around development, climate change and agriculture first hand whilst volunteering in remote villages in Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas.

After entering into a life-changing health journey with his herbalist (Simon Mills) Matt became interested in the background of herbs and has found a natural home working with our suppliers at Organic Herb Trading, firmly believing in the phrase - Soil, Soul, Society.

Danial Moolman

Stock Controller

Danial Moolman

Danial Moolman

Stock Controller

Dan is a career professional stock controller with a strong background in end-to-end supply chain management. Before joining Organic Herb Trading in early 2016 he worked in a range of supply-chain and distribution roles - both in the UK and South Africa.
 
Dan not only manages Organic Herb Trading’s stock he is also responsible for overseeing production planning, key customer account management for finished blends, and ensuring ongoing continuity of supply. 

Originally from South Africa, Dan moved to the UK in 2009. He is an outdoors enthusiast, keen mountain biker, avid rugby fan and of course, enjoys nothing more than a traditional South African Braai (BBQ).

Tom Coles

Sales Assistant

Tom Coles

Tom Coles

Sales Assistant

Having previously completed an MA in English and Creative Writing, Tom joined the Organic Herb Trading team in March 2019 to work with new customers curious about the business. This sales role has expanded to some copywriting, focussing on communication.

Tom loves the family atmosphere and taking the opportunity to learn more about herbs and botanicals, plus the opportunity to grow ideas from concept to something audacious.

Outside of work, Tom writes for music websites such as The Quietus, plays drums for the metal band Sail and is working on editing his first book.

Maria Charlton

Quality Manager

Maria Charlton

Maria Charlton

Quality Manager

Maria has 30 years experience in the food industry having worked for a diverse range of food companies, including over 13 years at Sainsbury’s in quality assurance and customer service. In addition to Maria’s technical background she has also specialised in NPD, project management, trouble-shooting and spent eight years working in research and development – helping to bring new products to market through a number of mainstream UK retailers. Maria is an ISO9001 Lead Auditor and a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Officers.  She also has over nine years experience of working with the BRC Food standard, which has consistently ensured that Organic Herb Trading has maintained BRC Food Grade A.

Maria leads all our quality, technical and NPD initiatives. 

Nicola Sparks

Purchasing Manager

 Nicola Sparks

Nicola Sparks

Purchasing Manager

Nicola is one of our longest serving team members having worked at Organic Herb Trading since 2003.

Managing our dried herb and spice purchasing and importing since 2008, Nicola makes sure all of our products arrive into the UK safely and smoothly, by liaising with our suppliers, port health authorities and freight agents on a daily basis to ensure the strict regulations are met when importing certified organic products. As well as loving the challenge of sourcing our extensive range of dried products, finding unusual items for specific customer requests, and working closely with our huge range of suppliers in many different countries all over the world, Nicola is also the Soil Association licence holder for Organic Herb Trading.

Born and raised in the local area, Nicola enjoys walks in the countryside and on the beaches of Somerset and nearby Devon, music and dancing.

Mike Brook

Founder Director

Mike Brook

Mike Brook

Founder Director

Nobody could say it better than Sebastian Pole in his book ‘Celebrating ten Pukka years,’ (2012). Sebastian is the Co-Founder and Master Herbsmith at Pukka Herbs – he is also a great friend and supporter of Organic Herb Trading:

“Mike Brook is the epitome of an organic pioneer. He has helped Pukka source organic herbs and spices since our inception. With a far-reaching vision and a passionate determination to develop lasting relationships with growers, Mike is a leader in the British organic herb community. Sebastian spent a few formative years living in a caravan on Mike’s organic herb farm. He knows what a hard worker Mike is and what hard work it takes to grow, harvest, clean and dry herbs. Mike has developed very efficient ways of growing herbs in the UK and has inspired a steady trail of enthusiasts to learn from him. He started by supplying herbalists from his organic herb field in Oxfordshire, and has transformed his business, the Organic Herb Trading Company, into supplying some of the leading organic food producers in the UK. Mike was the first person in the UK to import organic Chamomile, Ginger and Peppermint."

In addition to his day job at Organic Herb Trading, Mike has provided consultancy services for leading Non Governmental Organisations and ethical businesses including the ITC, Oxfam, CBI and Traidcraft. Mike has served on a number of prominent industry committees including the Soil Association Standards Board and was a founder member of the Union for Ethical BioTrade. 

Angelo Nunes

Milling and Warehouse Manager

Angelo Nunes

Angelo Nunes

Milling and Warehouse Manager

Angelo has worked for Organic Herb Trading for almost 10 years. Before joining us he was a marine in his native Portugal, a professional welder and even worked for the family funeral service. Having first come to Organic Herb Trading via a temping agency, he was quickly snapped up and in many respects epitomises the very essence of the company when it is at its best – he is very hard working, always has a smile on his face, has unrivalled milling and blending knowledge and is totally customer focused. 

Holly Black

Marketing Support

Holly Black

Holly Black

Marketing Support

Holly has a part time role which includes web and social media content management, communications strategy and analysis, resource development and content creation - amongst other things!

Holly is a freelance creative producer, communicator and filmmaker, with much of her work focusing on both social justice and food justice - including ethical food, farming and land use, and food sovereignty. Holly also teaches documentary filmmaking to young people as a lead mentor for the BFI Film Academy Bristol. 

Outside of Organic Herb Trading Holly makes documentaries with her female-led production company Black Bark Films, producing In Our Hands (2017), a look at small-scale farming in the UK post Brexit, made in association with the Landworkers' Alliance.

Maisie Brown

Sales Co-ordinator

Maisie Brown

Maisie Brown

Sales Co-ordinator

Previous to joining the company, Maisie was a recruitment consultant in the industrial sector - during which time she worked on recruiting warehouse staff for Organic Herb Trading. This is where she gained sales knowledge and an understanding of office culture.

Prior to this she was a waitress which led her to a love of good food and cooking - in particular Middle Eastern dishes. Maisie also has a passion for art - she loves to paint and do photography in her spare time. Alongside this, she enjoys walks with her two Sprockers, Lenny and Pickle.

Sarah Beasley-Stones

International Accounts Manager

Sarah Beasley-Stones

Sarah Beasley-Stones

International Accounts Manager

Sarah has worked with Organic Herb Trading since 2007, solely focusing on our International clients. She is dedicated to working across the entire supply chain to narrow the gap between producer and customer, therefore keeping costs down for the customer and ensuring the producer gets a fair price. Sarah loves to keep expanding her knowledge of herbs and appreciates the importance of communicating the story of where our products come from.

Originally Sarah studied Law and Criminology at Cardiff, accompanied by plenty of WWOOFing in New Zealand and France along the way.
 
Having a passion for all things organic, Sarah can be found in the garden, allotment or tending to her small-scale organic orchard in her spare time.

Jane Wallwork

Herbal Consultant

Jane Wallwork

Jane Wallwork

Herbal Consultant

Jane is The Exmoor Herbalist, and our consultant for herbs. She was inspired by her grandmother as a child, who brought plant medicine to life for her.

Through her own health challenges, Jane sought more natural alternatives and this helped her to pursue this path. Jane studied anthropology and sociology at Oxford Brookes University, a path of learning that further piqued her interest in working with plants as food and medicine and the use of indigenous flora for healing purposes in many cultures.

Jane has a passion for sharing knowledge and skills and in Autumn 2020 in tandem with the Plant Medicine School based in Ireland, set up a sister herb school here in Somerset, taking pleasure in mentoring and teaching alongside consultancy work commitments and private practice.

Janes' entire working life is based around plants and herbal medicine, total immersion in herbal life. She loves working with plants and people to support health and wellbeing.

Sarah Weston

Herb Field Manager

Sarah Weston

Sarah Weston

Herb Field Manager

Sarah is a committed organic grower with a wealth of experience. Over the years Sarah has worked on a biodynamic research farm in Northern India, helped lead Jekka McVicar’s team to gold medals across the country – including the Chelsea Flower Show – and has also worked in commercial vegetable growing on an organic farm just outside Bristol. 

In addition to Sarah’s expertise - which ranges from plant propagation to the medicinal qualities of herbs and spices – she has a natural gift for growing, a great work ethic and really enjoys sharing all her knowledge. If all that was not enough, she is the first to arrive at any party and definitely the last to leave! 

Marc Holloway

Finance Controller

Marc Holloway

Marc Holloway

Finance Controller

Marc has worked at Organic Herb Trading for 11 years, bringing really strong technical knowledge combined with sound commercial judgement.

His priority is keeping in touch with the team and communicating information in a clear, jargon-free and user-friendly way. Previous to this, Marc gained his qualifications with Milsted Langdon back in 1999, then went on to work for several successful local SME businesses which all enjoyed periods of rapid growth.

Marc enjoys his family time, is a keen traveller, and golfer, sometimes even managing both at the same time!

Elisabeth Burgess

Customer Relationship Manager

Elisabeth Burgess

Elisabeth Burgess

Customer Relationship Manager

Lis joined the sales team in 2015 shortly after moving to the South West from “Up North!” having previously worked in customer facing roles in Conservation & Land Management as well as in the UK textile industry.

Lis has always had a keen interest in horticulture & all things “botanical” so joining Organic Herb Trading was an ideal opportunity to become involved in the endlessly fascinating world of organic herbs & spices.

Outside work, Lis’s interests remain in the natural environment particularly walking and sailing. She also enjoys weaving and she is currently developing her interest in natural dyestuffs and printing techniques on recycled textiles. She also rather enjoys a botanical G&T at the end of a busy week!

Laura Pashley

Commercial Manager

 Laura Pashley

Laura Pashley

Commercial Manager

Laura came to Organic Herb Trading with a passion for the organic sector and customers within it. Laura's role here provides her with the opportunity to deal with the reality of organic products, and the complexity required to work with a wide range of suppliers and customers.

Laura graduated from Trinity College of Music before spending a year working at the BBC. She then worked at the Soil Association for eight years in Business Development and as the Client Services Manager working with a team who between them handled everything from inspection logistics to invoicing, to consumer complaints, to advising new businesses on going organic.

Outside of work Laura really likes dogs, knitting and vegan cookery.

Mike Bond

Business Development Manager

Mike Bond

Mike Bond

Business Development Manager

Mike joined Organic Herb Trading at the end of 2014, following nine years at the Soil Association. For the last five years of his time there he oversaw the Food for Life Catering Mark, which he helped pioneer from an initial concept to over a million meals a day. The Catering Mark dramatically improved the quality, provenance and animal welfare standards of food served in schools, hospitals, universities, workplaces and care homes right across the UK.

Mike’s passion is working with business and organisations that are genuinely committed to having a positive impact on people and the planet. It was the opportunity to work with Organic Herb Trading's customers that first attracted him to the business.
 
In his spare time Mike rides bikes, keeps bees on a local organic farm, digs an allotment, plays records, enjoys filling his lungs with fresh air and he is also partial to starting the day with a good cup of Organic Herb Trading's Oolong tea.

Heather Perkins

Accounts Manager

 Heather Perkins

Heather Perkins

Accounts Manager

Heather is our longest serving team member, working for Organic Herb Trading for over 23 years, and efficiently manages the sales and purchase ledger, deals with account queries and customer payments.

Previously, Heather worked for an international leader in the hotel and airport retail and hospitality industry, and now resides just over the border in rural Devon with her family - husband, (grown up) children, chickens and dog.

Laura Tucker

Marketing Manager

Laura Tucker

Laura Tucker

Marketing Manager

After nearly 20 years working around the world in advertising, branding, media, film, television and PR, Laura moved back to her home county of Somerset and began working on projects with Organic Herb Trading in 2015.

Those projects evolved to became part of a more strategic approach to communications, and Laura now leads efforts to effectively communicate Organic Herb Trading's position as the UK’s leader in the organic herb, spice and botanicals sector.

With a love of branding, and food & drink, Laura naturally gravitates towards these things combined, so when the opportunity arose to work in her home county - based on a beautiful farm in the middle of the countryside - with a leader in such an exciting and innovative industry, it was too good to pass up.

Laura fills her time outside work with food-based activities – enjoying the amazing food and drink culture that thrives in the South West, cooking as much as two active toddlers allow time for, and if she’s really lucky getting out for the odd run.

Jim Twine

Managing Director

Jim Twine

Jim Twine

Managing Director

Jim has spent almost his entire career working in the organic food and farming sector - having been born and brought up on his parent’s biodynamic farm in Somerset.

He was recently asked about his role at Organic Herb Trading and having struggled to respond with clarity the consensus seems to be that he is largely responsible for composting the kitchen waste and making the tea!

Contact Jim