Meet the Team: Business Manager Esme

Today we’re saying hello to our Business Manager, and all around office superstar, Esme!

Esme - manager of Propagation Place
Esme – manager of Propagation Place

Who is Esme?

Esme has been managing Propagation Place since the new launch in 2018.

Esme’s main skills lie in small business management and development. However, she also brings to the table her enthusiasm for her own little greenhouse, plus her experience working outdoors. A perfect combination for the business manager of Propagation Place!

The well documented impact of urban agriculture on the social and emotional wellbeing of communities, alongside my desire to work in an accessible and inclusive environment made this role hugely appealing to me

Esme Worrell

Prior to joining the team, Esme has worked on developing and running her own small enterprises. She has also has a background in events and festivals (perfect for getting involved with the Farm fair!) It’s through this plethora of experiences that she developed skills in marketing, business management, and how to keep a project running smoothly.

Esme’s day can be quite varied. One minute she’ll be processing orders, or updating the website. After that she’ll be putting on her boots and running outside to help with a hay delivery on the farm! Working at St Werburgh’s City farm means that even the office staff need to pitch in when something more ‘hands-on’ has to happen. (It also means spending time with a variety of wonderful farm animals!)

She also has a strong passion for diversity and inclusion, which has now formed a secondary role at the farm.

The Propagation Place Office: A Day In The Life

Most mornings start with a meeting, accompanied by a generous cup of coffee!

Next Esme will clear the inbox and start working on a marketing plan, updating cashflows, checking in with customer enquiries, or writing a funding bid. Phew!

Whenever possible she pops down to the poly-tunnel and community garden to get stuck in with some physical work with the lovely vegetable plants. If Ali and Siwan are away, Esme will often cover volunteer sessions. Our volunteer sessions for a core part of our ethos here at Propagation Place. The sessions enable us to share our knowledge and increase community engagement, especially amongst vulnerable groups in the community.

Keep an eye on the blog as we’ll be getting to know the other members of the Propagation Place team over the upcoming months!