TEAM EDIBLE BUS STOP
MAK GILCHRIST FRSA
Mak originally hails from the fashion business. Her 30+ years experience as a fashion Model was guided by an ethical approach & strong principles surrounding what work she accepted. On the other side of the camera, she produced shoots for European editorial clients on location in London & was a spokesperson for her agency. At the EBS, she is integral in bringing each scheme to life, meeting with the client, evaluating their requirements, consulting on the design & co-producing the builds. She is published & presents talks on the importance of active green spaces in the public realm. She was a visiting member of the GLA’s London Food Board 2014-2015.
Having travelled extensively, she became fascinated with how to encourage positive social interaction & the importance of biodiversity in cities. She has been a director Incredible Edible Lambeth CIC since 2012 & is passionate about championing design-led, inclusive growing initiatives. In 2016 Mak was nominated as a fellow of the RSA for her contribution towards improving society through ideas & actions. Her diverse background continues to inform her skill set, adapting to varying locations, timeframes & budgets.
It’s unlikely Mak will ever be able to say: The arboriculturist is doubtful you can grow phenomenal plums in a terrarium.
Will studied Landscape Architecture at Kingston University before setting up his own design studio in 2009, focusing on residential & commercial projects in the UK & on the Continent. His interests encompass a broad spectrum in design, which enable him to explore the construction of high-end aesthetics by employing creative & sustainable solutions. He co-founded the EBS, where he leads on all aspects of the designs delivered from the initial concept to the detailed engineering elements of each project & co-produces all the projects site delivery.
Will is published, lectures & presents on the subject of innovative designs within the public realm. His focus is on re-thinking the urban environment & how to encourage social cohesion, utilising design to create narrative environments in our cities. In 2016 he was selected for the British Councils Unlimited Doha Design Prize and is working towards developing further international partnerships.
Will probably knows the lyrics to every single song from the 80’s & 90’s. He’s definitely a man to have on your pub quiz team in that respect.
DESIGN & PRODUCTION
Rob recently graduated in Landscape Architecture from the University of Greenwich. As a trained garden designer, he has worked on many of his own schemes. An excellent problem solver, and methodical thinker, Rob is essential to EBS designs being realised and has contributed significantly to our various installations since 2012.
Rob’s resourcefulness has lead to an enthusiasm for upcycling pre-loved products – read: he is an unashamed skip diver – which he remodels into unique furniture pieces. At home, he can be found making his own elderflower champagne or preserves.
Rob’s aptitude with power tools and vast music collection often marry when on tight deadlines with the EBS, and he isn’t shy of blaming it on the boogie when all else fails.
Tabitha is a landscape and garden designer and with over a decade of experience. As a planting expert she has a played a key role in the EBS’ pocket parks initial planting schemes.
Convinced that ‘the good life’ was where it’s at, her parents raised her family on a Welsh organic small-holding. This had some bearing on Tabitha’s career choice and via a segue into illustration and design, she found her way to horticulture. She enjoys merging these two disciplines to create happy outside spaces for people and bees.
Tabitha’s idea of heaven is an afternoon spent in a nursery with an unlimited budget, and meanwhile she’s working on the hot as Felicity Kendal look.
Liz is a RHS gold medal winning garden and landscape designer. She is passionate about inspired design and using familiar plants in inventive ways. Her planting schemes for the EBS incorporate edibles, which raises the profile of food growing, opening it up to a new audience.
Liz believes that pioneering collaborations and community driven projects can defend and develop our urban spaces. She loves seeing how the dynamics of this process can promote well-being in those involved and in the wider community. Liz also works on private landscape projects with her Brighton based company. Formerly, Liz has travelled the world directing and producing stuff for television.
Liz has a penchant for posh scented candles and is mildly obsessed with Snoopy.
ASSISTANT LANDSCAPE DESIGNER
With skills spanning from object to urban scale, Beatriz is a landscape architect coming from a broad Architecture and Urbanism course in Brazil. Her true passion for green spaces and interest on how these can transform communities has brought her to EBS as an intern.
The perception of spaces by people – who are going not only to use, but experience them – is what instigates her the most. Currently pursuing an MA at Central Saint Martins, Beatriz aims to combine her approach to landscape design with an artistic, poetic language to work creating engaging spaces that enhance people’s experience of the city.
Beatriz is probably the only Brazilian who doesn’t like coffee, but indulges in a cuppa tea – with milk, please.
Kit completed his MA Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich in 2014. For the EBS, Kit has contributed to design and delivery on an array of projects. Whilst his keen graphic eye was tasked with defining the company’s graphic identity and creating the dedicated EBS website.
Previously, Kit completed an undergraduate in the field of General Building Surveying and worked in Historic Landscape Gardening. He aspires to utilise this diverse background to create powerful urban projects, that engage the community they serve.
A coffee fiend, and lover of Turkish Delights, Kit can be a little bit cheeky and prone to wonton midnight moony’s.
MEDIA & FILM
Andrew is a film-maker with over 30 years experience. After graduating from Goldsmiths College, he cut his cloth lighting up the early rave scene with his epic film projection rigs. He went on to win numerous prestigious MTV awards for his music videos.
In 2007 he co-directed ‘Polarbearman’ as part of Al Gore’s LiveEarth climate change awareness project, which reignited his interest in grass roots activism. In the summer of 2015, he co-directed his first feature film in New York. Having met Mak and Will in early 2012, he has since dutifully documented most of their installations.
‘The Andrew Delaney’ as he is affectionately known at team EBS, finds most ‘inspirational’ quotes on Facebook quite depressing but doesn’t mind “pull your socks up.”
Dan has over 30 years experience as a sought after cabinetmaker. From a young age he had a fascination with how things worked or were built and is primarily self-taught. He has worked on EBS projects since 2011, consulting and realising the build elements of our designs, in particular, our public realm furniture. A natural problem solver, he finds practical solutions to design challenges and prides himself on always delivering pieces of the very highest calibre. He is also accomplished at making delicious foraged fruit jams and smoking his own fish.
Dan is, by all accounts, rather good with wood and can hold a tune as a member of the Trad Sea Shanty choir.
Alan is a Master of Horticulture (RHS) and draws upon 50 years experience to bring his expertise to the team. He advises on the practicality of projects from a growing standpoint. Using his network and knowledge of who’s who in horticulture, Alan connects the team with growers, manufacturers and distributors. He and his company, have been involved in several high profile EBS schemes, including the Gold Medal winning ‘Modular’ garden.
Alan is excited by the prospect of engaging a new audience in gardening, and encouraging the breaking of down barriers to get more people to have a go at growing.
Fired by good strong coffee, Alan is the first to recognise that if it hasn’t got chlorophyll, then it’s probably Will’s department!
GREEN ROOFS, WALLS & BIODIVERSITY
Lee has been working with green roofs and living walls (more or less) since deciding a PhD in International Relations wasn’t the career for him in 2006. Following a spell training in Switzerland, where he also learned how to speak bad German fairly fluently, he returned to set up a green roof company that has, because of his enthusiasm for innovation and clever engineering, come to specialise in pitched green roofs (and roofs that promote native biodiversity).
Winner of the UK Green Roof of the Year in 2015, and finalist in CN Specialist Roofing Contractor of the Year the same year, Lee prides himself on starting with what the plants need to thrive, designing and installing green roofs that last.
When not at work, Lee can often be found on his narrowboat somewhere on the London canals checking out the local birdlife, probably wincing at the latest Coventry City score.
A key component of the The Edible Bus Stop® team, no design is signed off without Monti’s approval, with a wag of his tail and a lift of his leg.