Tom has had a building company specialising in sustainable construction and the heritage sector, so has first-hand experience with building materials. During his MSc in Sustainable Architecture, Tom spent months developing and testing various bio composites in a green portacabin, resulting in Breathaboard. Having designed and experimented with the initial concept, Tom’s role is now to develop the business and raise awareness about materials and how they can enable people to live more healthy lives in healthy buildings.
When he is not playing around with bio-composites, he can be found speaking about them and their benefits. Other interests include sustainable business, circular economy and ecological education.
When he is not working, Tom is playing in nature’s playground either surfing, climbing, walking or watching his seeds grow in the garden.
After plans to be the driver of a steam train were foiled by the age of diesel locomotives Jason studied electronics and engineering before embarking in the world of sales, selling Lada cars.
His career has taken him through several sectors of the construction industry including the Head of Sustainability at one of the largest plasterboard manufacturers. During his time in this role, Jason worked on some of the country’s largest building projects including The Olympic Park and The Shard.
Commercially driven but with a background in sustainability, he has sat on several Government and Industry bodies focused on enhancing resource efficiency and developing lower impact buildings; whilst introducing new materials to the market that promote this.
As well as a passion for greener construction his other pleasure is sport where he is a keen supporter of Welsh Rugby and also the Chairman of a football club.
Nick is a consultant and entrepreneur, with a background in the energy business and as a strategy consulting partner, where his work has focused on helping businesses to be more sustainable and more profitable.
Tom and Nick met at their local bouldering wall, where it became apparent that they had a shared passion for sustainable business, one (Tom) as an entrepreneur building and growing a ground-breaking business in sustainable building materials, and one (Nick) helping companies who want to be more sustainable, to grow.
Nick is a senior advisor to Adaptavate, providing strategic guidance and helping out with the financials and business plans. In his spare time, he can be found ferrying around two teenage children, tinkering with classic cars and occasionally, climbing (badly).
Owen graduated from the School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Science at Plymouth University and studied a broad range of topics from environmental law and economics to ecology and oceanography.
After working for several years in the renewable energy industry both in the public and private sector, Owen became interested with the idea of the fabric first approach – building in high performing, low energy and often biodegradable materials from the outset rather than relying on bolt-on renewable energy devices. He first came across Adaptavate when attending a lecture by Tom at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales. Owen is currently involved in the manufacturing of Adaptavate’s range of products and is looking into scaling up the manufacturing process to meet increasing demand.
When not working he can usually be found either on or under the water kayaking, scuba diving or occasionally attempting to surf. He also likes taking his dog for long walks in the country, so long as there’s a good pub at the end.
Jeff realised he probably wasn’t going to be a professional rugby player aged 18 so he enrolled at University to study Yacht Design. On completing his studies, he moved to New Zealand and got a job in boatyard and was lucky enough to cut his teeth on the build of several round the world race yachts. On moving back to Britain, Jeff got involved with a wide range of exciting projects, from the opening ceremony of the Olympics to award winning architectural public art spaces for the Bristol European Green Capital project.
For a number of years Jeff worked at the National Composite Centre (NCC) where he led a team delivering innovation across many sectors, from automotive to aerospace, marine to renewable energies. The NCC recognised Jeff’s interest in sustainability and sponsored him to study his masters (and same course as Tom), leading him to a thesis project where he proved you could make a surfboard out of fungal mycelium. When Jeff isn’t making something that hasn’t been made before you’ll find him playing bass, at a gig or playing with his little girl.