Grow Yourself is new a Community Interest Company or CIC launched in 2015.  

We are a company limited by guarantee but our overall aim is to benefit the local community - in this case

young unemployed people in the Bath area - and this is written into our Articles of Association.

Matt Smail
Director of Grow Yourself

Matt Smail is the Director of Grow Yourself. Matt has over 25 years working in the land based sector, with over 15 years’ experience training adults with a range of support needs. He managed Bath City Farm from 2010-2015 securing substantial funding from the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Programme. He also piloted a similar scheme to Grow Yourself at the farm and realised its potential for building skills and confidence.  

Harry Wright

Harry was unemployed for several years before joining Grow Yourself but has already shown himself to be skilled in a range of practical outdoor tasks.

James Wright
Gardener and landscaper
Adam Gretton
Non Executive Director
of Grow Yourself

In addition to Adam's day job as a marketing consultant, he runs 

'More trees for Bath and Northeast Somerset', a community group which plants trees throughout the B&NES area. Also Environmental category winner of the Bath Chronicle Pride awards 2014. See


Martin Palmer
Non Executive Director
of Grow Yourself
John Tucker
Non Executive Director
of Grow Yourself

 John obtained an honours degree in Horticulture at the University of Bath on 1973. Most of his career has been spent in garden centre management, the last 25 years at Prior Park Garden Centre Bath as deputy manager. He spent 7 years as head gardener at a country house hotel near Bath and is currently a judge for Bath in Bloom 

Michelle Williams
Non Executive Director
of Grow Yourself

 Michelle has a BSc in Management Science (1984) and an MSc in Responsible Business (2006).  She spent the first 25 years of her career in marketing/brand management, including 5 years at Boots plc as Group Marketing Manager.  After her Masters she became greatly concerned about climate change and became an Action Researcher at the University of Bath, leading projects into carbon reduction.  For the past 8 years she managed the fundraising team at a Bath homelessness charity and co-created the Urban Garden social enterprise.