About us

At District Eating we have reimagined the way to a sustainable future. Working hand-in-hand with local authorities running district heating networks, industrial waste heat producers and power stations we develop new, sustainable horticultural projects. We are the only UK consultancy that is developing commercial and community-owned greenhouses by harnessing the power of waste or low carbon heat and CO2 to grow food.

Our mission

One person’s waste is another person’s power.

We know that a new approach is needed to address the ongoing challenges faced by the UK food industry as well as by producers of industrial waste greenhouse gas emissions.

We are driven to use our expertise in engineering and urban farming to rethink the route to a low-carbon economy:

1. To create local food networks that provide a viable alternative to the international food supplies that we’ve become reliant on and better protect the UK’s food security.

2. To harness the power of waste heat and give industrial waste-heat producers a lifeline to new revenues – by making them more efficient, cost-effective and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

3. To revitalise communities with our all-encompassing, holistic approach which addresses head on issues around employment, training, health and wellbeing.

Making business sense

We don’t just think big with our aspirations for a sustainable future, we look at the commercial reality for our industrial customers and identify the steps they can take immediately. We are realistic and understand that in order for this to work, a sound business case must be developed for all parties. We find the win-win for you and horticultural partners.

We know that the only way to achieve a sustainable future is to make business sense. A combination of innovation and commercial know-how is fundamental to the way we work and the solutions we offer with wide-reaching potential for waste energy and food production in the UK and beyond.

Our Team

District Eating Ltd is comprised of a diverse team of engineers and sustainable food production specialists. We work together because we believe in a better future of sustainable local food production, and revitalisation of communities across the UK.

Faye Tomson BEng, CEM MEI

Faye Tomson BEng, CEM MEI

Founder and Director

Faye is Founder and Director of District Eating Ltd. An experienced energy and environmental engineer, she has over 11 years’ experience working throughout the UK on large scale energy infrastructure projects. In recent years Faye has been pioneering the development of horticulture co-located with waste heat and low carbon energy systems in order to develop localised resilient food economies. Faye comes from a family of Yorkshire farmers and believes we should be producing more of our food closer to home.

Dr. Michael Milner MSc, CEM, CEnv, MIEME, MCIWEM

Dr. Michael Milner MSc, CEM, CEnv, MIEME, MCIWEM

Senior Engineering Consultant

Mike is a highly qualified and experienced engineer with experience across many sectors including energy, horticulture, food and drink, industry and leisure. Mike has led many projects from conception through to construction and is experienced in regard to project design, build, financing and delivery. He’s driven by a desire to make a difference at this crucial time of economic, environmental, and social change. Mike works directly with Faye, leading the team on project development, and heads up our Scottish team, which we plan to grow in 2021.

Ed Hardy MEng, CEng, MIMechE

Ed Hardy MEng, CEng, MIMechE

Engineering Consultant

Ed is a Chartered Engineer with nearly a decade of experience working as an engineer in the horticulture, and aerospace industries. In recent years Ed has worked for the National Farmers Union, providing advice to farmers and horticultural growers developing their energy projects from concept to reality, enabling them to add value to their businesses. At District Eating, Ed works on all aspects of horticulture development from conception through the feasibility stages, and beyond. Ed is a passionate believer in ensuring sustainable food production that benefits local people for the long term.

Pip Lorimer BSc

Pip Lorimer BSc

Sustainability Consultant

Pip is a Sustainability Consultant at District Eating with a First-Class Honours degree in Design Engineering. She spent her studies focusing on sustainability within design and analysing product life cycles. In her role at District Eating, Pip has worked on feasibility studies, studying sources of waste heat, creating CAD models of CEA and planning community horticulture projects. She has also worked on projects that involve GIS, greenhouse site assessment and marketing management. Pip has recently visited Singapore on behalf of District Eating, to create international connections and help other countries develop their agri-food tech.

Hannah Cattell BSc

Hannah Cattell BSc

Trainee Sustainability Consultant

Hannah found her way into sustainability through her love of all things that grow. She studied Horticulture as an undergraduate and loves how the industry incorporates a broad and rich range of disciplines, from design and psychology through to ethics and politics. Hannah has a particular passion for food security which inspired her keystone project investigating the role of urban farming and how this impacts the sustainability of our ever-expanding cities. Hannah is currently studying for her MSc in Sustainable Development and hopes to help work towards creating a future where equitable access to locally grown, nourishing food is the norm.

Jenna Barnard BSc MEnv

Jenna Barnard BSc MEnv

Sustainability Consultant

Jenna is a sustainability consultant with wide ranging experience resulting from her academic career, voluntary roles, and consultancy work. At District Eating, Jenna has worked on feasibility studies, mapping projects, stakeholder engagement and energy auditing. This included a pioneering horticultural waste heat mapping study with the Midlands Net Zero Hub, which Jenna led the team on. Jenna has a keen eye for detail and excels in technical project work, including techno-economic modelling. Her master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management led to a strong interest in sustainable food systems, and a firm belief in community-based solutions for a socially just green transition.

Duligong Honid BEng MSc

Duligong Honid BEng MSc

Trainee Sustainability Consultant

Duligong is a graduate with a BEng in Environmental Engineering and an MSc in Ecological Economics. Her studies involved pollution control, environmental impact assessment, climate change, and sustainability. Duligong is passionate about climate change and carbon management, which led to her final project exploring the UK households’ carbon footprints. Working as an environment manager, she got experience with achieving business goals while also creating a sustainable future by implementing environmental strategies. Participating in sustainable development and mitigating climate change are major motivators for Duligong. She is keen to help organisations reduce emissions and grow their business sustainably.

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