Pukka's Mission Council
At Pukka Herbs, our ongoing mission is to create a world where plants play a central role in human health and wellbeing. We aim to lead by example, by running our business in the most sustainable and ethical way we can.
As we continue to grow, so does the positive impact we can create, at significant scale. With the steer of the carefully selected team of experts that makes up our Mission Council, Pukka will aim to strategically influence sustainable healthcare, social impact, regenerative agriculture and the climate crisis; driving our mission forward.
Meet the team
Karen Hamilton (Chair 2023 - to date)
Karen is global vice president sustainable business at Unilever with more than 20 years’ experience of driving market share and catalysing innovation in 100+ countries.
Sebastian Pole is co-founder and Master Herbsmith of Pukka Herbs, creators of organic and ethically traded herbal tea and supplements. Founded 15 years ago, Pukka has become globally recognised and respected for its herbal teas, wellbeing supplements and pioneering approach to sustainable business practices.
Christina has been involved in both overseas development and the private sector for over 25 years, working with NGOs, businesses, and community groups, across Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
Tim Westwell is a co-founder of Pukka Herbs. Founded 15 years ago in Bristol, UK, Pukka has become globally recognised and respected for its herbal teas, wellbeing supplements and pioneering approach to sustainable business practices. Today Pukka donates 1% of its sales to environmental initiatives and is certified by one of the highest fair trade standards in the world, Fair for Life. Pukka became a B company in 2016 signalling its ongoing commitment to people, plants and planet.
Dr Robert Verkerk
Dr Robert Verkerk is an internationally acclaimed expert in health, agricultural and environmental sustainability. During the course of his work over the last 35 years, he has focused on a diverse array of issues ranging from environmental protection to reducing synthetic chemical load among urban and rural communities, to assist the development of natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare.
Jonathon Porritt (Chair 2017- 2023)
Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. In January 2000, Jonathon received a CBE for services to environmental protection.