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OUR STORY

A Powerful Team

3 Years ago 7 people met believing they could create honest and natural products for skin and hair, without hurting the planet. Between us we have 60 years of socially responsible manufacturing and beauty experience, which gives us the edge in natural beauty technology and organic product development.

 

We are passionate about collaborating to create products that are natural, organic, plant based and cruelty free. We take great care in sourcing all our ingredients. We work closely with the Soil Association, Vegan & Vegetarian Societies and Cruelty Free International.

 

Our company is committed to give 10% of net profit to develop and facilitate social justice and economic transformation in the UK and developing world. By partnering with The Powerful Foundation we intend to be at the forefront of changing peoples lives for the better, whilst caring for the way we live and how we care for our bodies and our planet.  

 

OUR TEAM

  • STEPHEN

    Stephen Kearney

    Find out Stephen's passion around Powerful Organic and why he's involved.

    Position

    Director

  • JULIA

    Julia Olsen

    Find out Julia's passion around Powerful Organic and why she's involved.

    Position

    Director

  • GAVIN

    Gavin Grant

    Read about why Gavin joined Powerful Organic, his ambitions and goals for the company

    Position

    Marketing & Comms Director

  • PHIL

    Gavin Grant

    Read about why Phil joined Powerful Organic, his ambitions and goals for the company

    Position

    Marketing & Comms Director

  • MARTYN

    Martyn Williams

    Read about why Martyn joined Powerful Organic, his ambitions and goals for the company

    Position

    Finance Director

  • REBECCA

    Rebecca Spode

    Find out Rebecca's passion around Powerful Organic and why she's involved.

    Position

    Hair & Beauty Director

STEPHEN KEARNEY

Director

I lead a team of exciting innovative people who are motivated by an urgent need to transform our world. Together we have created Powerful Organic Products to encourage people to use products that are healthy for body and planet. We are excited because every penny that we set aside for the Powerful Foundation will support people and projects that will create a safe and sustainable environment.

What you do at PO?

I am a co-founder and Chairman of the Company, with a particular interest in our radio and TV channel. I ensure strong links with the Powerful Foundation to keep our mission and ethic on track.

Why you do it?

I want to make money to fund initiatives that wake people up and help them find solutions to their environmental, social and economic problems and dilemmas. I am activist who wants to help close the gap between rich and poor, and leave the planet in a better state that I found it in.

What is the passion behind it?

Pollutants have poisoned our planet, our bodies, and our minds. We live in a society that is greed driven, which damages our environment and us. I don't want to just bang on about it. I want to develop our company to make a living as sustainably as possible - and to set an example.

What goals you see for PO?

• to develop a company that is a “household name” - because of the power of its products and because it doesn't lose its way in the pursuit of profit over principle.

• to create the highest quality beauty products that help people feel good and confident that what they put on their body every day will not damage their health and our planet.

• to work in partnership with the Soil Association to promote green, clean and sustainable consumerism.

• to have our Foundation working in collaboration with others to change attitudes globally, starting in our own communities.

Do you want to change the world?

Yes! We have exploited and poisoned each other for too long. I crave for a fair and just sustainable society where people take responsibility for what they eat, drink, and wear. Where people work with their leaders to build their lives, communities and nation. Our Powerful company can do its thing by setting an example. We can make a good living and invest surpluses in projects that promote and encourage sustainable living. Our Powerful foundation will fund projects that support people to work positively with their elected representatives to change and transform our approach to our lives, communities and planet.

How did you come to Powerful Organic, and what do you bring to the business?

As a Trustee of a charity with a background in community project development and business, and as a politician, I have a keen interest in sustainable futures and conflict resolution. I have developed a range of social enterprises and projects that give people a voice like the UK Youth Parliament. I am a trained actor and Radio and TV presenter. I bring skills in business, marketing and project management. I am a strategist and motivator and a great networker. I bring passion and determination and a skill set of confident leadership. I have experience of social media campaigning and promotion. I can motivate a team, customers and a powerful tribe!

 

JULIA OLSEN

Development Director

What you do at PO? 

I am the Development Director, and in that role have to keep an eye on all compliance matters.  I mix, make and experiment with product ideas and sampling!  Help out wherever my life experience is useful. Ask awkward questions. Check everyone’s spelling and apostrophes. Develop things that need developing - whether it’s products, projects, and promotions - or business ideas and relationships

Why you do it?

Because I like a challenge, I’m not ready to retire, and I need an income! I want to help build an extraordinarily successful healthy and ethical business that will generate a modest and sufficient income for everyone involved in it, and a surplus to support social action projects and entrepreneurs.

What is the passion behind it?  Why do I really do this?

I love life. I’m grateful for all I have, have enjoyed and survived. I care about the world my grandchildren will experience. I dream that people everywhere have sufficient to live in peace, to love, to give, to laugh, to enjoy the beauty of nature. Though it may never be fully realised, it’s a dream worth waking up and working for and I want our company to be a step towards that reality: a shining model of holistic and sustainable practice - green, organic, people centred, profitable with fabulous products, amazing buildings, great team and global community. 

What goals you see for PO?  

Powerful Organic is a brand of choice that customers return to because they love the products that look good, feel good, smell good, taste good, do good, don’t exploit lives, don’t do damage to people, the soil, the sea - or cost the earth. The company has partners, programmes and a powerful tribe of people working together globally to tackle human and environmental concern. The Powerful Foundation is supporting social entrepreneurs, activists and campaigners at home and abroad to build a sustainable, tolerant, humane and peaceful world.

Do you want to change the world?

Yes!  At least, I want to change behaviour and shopping habits (my own and others) towards enabling everyone to have enough water to drink and to wash, enough nutrition to fight disease, enough love to be confident, enough support to grow, enough freedom to flourish, enough justice to be at peace.

How do you come to be at PO? What skills/experience do you bring?

I’ve grown with it from its inception. I’m a designer, a builder, a critic and a team player with curiosity and purpose. I can write, paint, analyse, criticise; build structures, weave connections, and untangle knots.  Over my career I have initiated, co-founded and developed numerous social enterprises and community initiatives both local and national, covering recycling and employment, disability and children’s empowerment, family support and community education. I bring life experience, enthusiasm, curiosity and passion for developing plant-based products that support wellbeing, and, I hope, a little wisdom. Living with Cancer I have learnt the importance of Compassion (for all things), Clarity (of intention and purpose), Confidence (in capability), Courage (in adversity), Commitment (to action and achievement), Completion (of each task and step) and Celebration (of life)

 

What you do at PO?

Anything I can! The start of any new company is a challenge and involves everybody having to use their strengths together to help nurture a complete team. Organisational, manufacturing, and communication skills are all needed in the team’s ‘melting pot’. Bringing some of these skills into the mix, and the personal sense of doing something worthwhile within a team of entrepreneurs is most satisfying.

Why do you do it?

Looking for new ways to use my talents away from the sea - this is a new venture and complete challenge! I want to be part of a new ethical business with clear values and aims that will benefit all and give an income, not just to myself but, to others in the whole community through the projects connected to company.

What is the passion behind it?

The protection of the planet starts with the education and protection of its populace, therefore healthy living away from chemically produced or ‘enhanced’ products has always been my priority. This in turn will promote a caring and more thoughtful society.

PHIL TARRANT

Logistics Director

What goals you see for PO?

• To educate and inform everyone of benefits of healthy living and using nature’s products as originally intended - so that they realise they don’t need to pollute themselves!! • To make PO a successful brand that people will come to recognise as being made with the highest intentions.

• Regenerate, as the PO Foundation will be supporting projects both at home and abroad to make the world a better place to live in.

Do you want to change the world?

In my own small way, yes. The need for change is overdue and people must realise the need to conserve our planet’s resources, as they are not infinite. Respect for the environment and ending all the needless waste will help make this a place where our future generations can live in peace and harmony.

How do you come to be at PO? What skills/experience do you bring?

After 45years in the merchant Navy, starting as a cadet and working up to ships Master 14 years ago, I have worked on numerous different ships and visited ports around the world. I love the ethos of he company and the opportunity to contribute to changing minds and buying habits that will help the planet and the marine environment in particular. I bring the organisational and management skills inherent in managing and navigating a ship and its crew - including setting up and managing systems, and dealing with officialdom and staff – often under pressure to deliver on time, regardless of circumstance.

 

GAVIN GRANT

Marketing & Comms Director

What you do at PO?

I am the Powerful Organic Products Director of Marketing & Communications.

Why you do it?

Communications is my passion, as well as my profession. Making sure we get the story of our products and mission across to customers who care is vital for our success and, through us, to the important causes we will be supporting. Also working with people I know, value and love, is great fun.

What is the passion behind it?

Making ethical products are affordable and accessible, do a great job and help causes which matter to us all is really important to me and always has been. That’s the way I like to shop and now I can help people who want to do good, feel good and look good.

What goals you see for PO?

To be as powerful and effective a company as our great products are. To make enough money to make a real difference for the important causes we all support, and to develop the Powerful Organic Tribe into a real human force for positive change in their communities, across our country and around the world.

Do you want to change the world?

I always have and always will! We need a greener, fairer and better world for all of us, those yet to come and for the animals and plants with which we have the privilege to share this amazing planet.

How did you come to PO?

I am a proud West Countryman and love living in and representing Malmesbury in Wiltshire, England’s oldest borough. I am and always have been a passionate Liberal political activist. Compassion and care for people, animals and the environment really matters to me. I have worked in and run not for profit organisations, latterly as the Chief Executive of the RSPCA. In my business career, I worked directly for Anita and Gordon Roddick, founders of the Body Shop, running their campaigns and communications. I have experience of working in the City and as the UK Chair of one of the world’s largest PR agencies, which took me all over the world. I have a lot of experience of business, communications and marketing and of cause related and community based activism and a real passion for the success of Powerful Organic, its products, people and principles.

 

MARTYN WILLIAMS

Finance Director

What you do at PO?

I am the Powerful Organic Products Director of Finance.

Why you do it?

Financial management is my profession and I enjoy the challenge and excitement of seeing a business grow, especially when there is a social purpose and good ethic underpinning its mission. I appreciate working with and supporting people I trust who are motivated to build a successful business and make a difference.

What is the passion behind it?

Money is a tool that enables people to do worthwhile things and I love what the PO team is trying to do, and the ethos of the company. Making financial management information accessible, so money can work for the business, do a great job and help causes which matter to us all is really important to me and always has been.

What goals you see for PO?

Sound financial management is vital for our success and for the important causes we will be supporting. I will ensure effective financial management systems and staff training is in place to support good stewardship of the company’s collective resources. This will help build a solid sustainable business that is making good products and doing good things through its Foundation.

Do you want to change the world?

The world is changing rapidly, and the way we live as humans helps or hinders the wellbeing of people, animals and planet. Helping a business to grow organically, from a base built on principles of compassion and collaboration, on need rather than greed is my way to make a contribution to sustainable development.

How did you come to PO?

With 25 years of retail banking experience and of providing a wide range of financial management services to social enterprises, charities and start-up businesses, including Regenerate Trust, I was invited to join the Powerful team to develop the financial management systems and guide the growth of the company in relation to accessing appropriate finance and investment.

 

REBECCA SPODE

Hair & Beauty Director

What you do at PO?

I am the Powerful Organic Hair & Beauty Director.

Why you do it?

Hairdressing is my profession and styling is my passion. I love making people feel good about themselves by giving them a great cut and salon experience. I was always looking for more natural and organic products to use in my salon, because I was concerned about the impact of chemicals on both my skin, and that of my clients. When I couldn’t find anything that was truly natural, as organic as could be and really worked on people’s hair, I set the challenge for the PO team to come up with a formula that I would field test!

What is the passion behind it?

I love cutting hair, and I love the idea of building my business on an organic foundation.

What goals you see for PO?

Organic growth built on quality products and service, with retail sales building and new products being developed in response to client feedback.

Do you want to change the world?

Yes. Little by little. From the bottom up. Doing small things. Starting from a solid foundation of providing a great service and using the best products to build the Powerful Organic businesses with a surplus for investment in good causes.

How did you come to PO?

I had my own Powerful Organic Hair & Beauty salon, and I am a Style Director and Trainer for Toni and Guy.

 
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