Meet the TVK Team
— Co-Founder and Managing Director
Karris is a lifelong animal lover and passionate vegan, who co-founded TheVeganKind in 2013.
The idea was born after one too many hours spent in the supermarket, trawling the aisles and reading the ingredients on every label to try to find exciting products that were suitable for vegans. Frustration at the lack of easily available vegan options prompted the idea to create a box of vegan goodies, not just food and drink, but everything you could need for a vegan lifestyle, that could be shipped straight to your door each month. Just four short months and a lot of hard work later, the very first ever TVK box was shipped, and her dream to launch her own vegan business became a reality.
Karris was a long term vegetarian who became vegan after coming across a very graphic video on YouTube that showed male baby chicks being ground alive, simply as a by product of the egg industry. All of her pre conceived notions that being vegetarian didn't contribute to animal suffering came crashing down around her, and she started eliminating animal products from her diet before starting to consider the wider reaching aspects of veganism, such as the boycotting of marine parks and zoos. Karris says 'Once you 'make the connection' everything starts to fall into place and it's like a veil has been lifted! I only wish I had made the connection sooner.' As the mother of two vegan children (a 4 year old and a new baby), wife to a long suffering husband, and managing director of a thriving business, she doesn't get much spare time, but if she does, you can normally find Karris with her nose in a good book, or catching up on her favourite vegan blogs and youtubers.
— Co-Founder, Sales and Marketing Director
Scott would agree that a few years ago he used to be one of the unlikeliest candidates for embracing a vegan lifestyle you could expect to meet. Dedicated to the gym life with a penchant for protein, Scott was an 'animal loving' meat eater with an with an indoctrinated mind that 'some animals were friends, and some were food'. Back then, he just didn't 'get it'. Living with a vegetarian/turned-vegan wife, Scott, with an open mind, began to learn more about the meat and dairy industry. Something clicked with him on the day the penny dropped that 'milk' as a product can come from many sources (almonds, hazelnuts, coconuts, soy, oats, rice), and also upon finding out that the calcium levels within these other milks were broadly the same as cow's milk. He started to find it bizarre that humans ever started drinking milk from a cow in the first place, and started to feel a bit sick of the thought he had drank it at all! With a new-found understanding of a vegan lifestyle, he further investigated the concept that veganism is what may well save this planet from literally consuming itself in a ridiculously short period of our evolution. He never looked back.
Scott has a background in Business Banking and also Ecommerce & Marketing, and was excited to hear the concept, of what ultimately was to become TheVeganKind.
Having taken on the role of Sales and Marketing Director, much like Karris, his days are long and full, but he does still love to spend his occasional down time in the gym — although of course now you can expect to see him with pea or soya protein, instead of whey. An easy swap for anyone to make!
— Social Media and Brand Development Manager
Jenna and her family started on their vegetarian journey 20 years ago, after watching the film Babe, The Pig. Fast forward to recent years, finding out that her beloved cheese was in fact the product of mass slaughter, enslavement and abuse shocked Jenna into becoming a passionate vegan. Her family soon followed suit after discovering the wonders of Vego chocolate - who needs Cadbury's?! After interning for one of the world's largest animal rights organisations, Jenna joined the team here at TheVeganKind as their social media and brand development manager.
Working for TheVeganKind has been a dream job for Jenna, as she loves spending her days reading emails, comments and blogs from lovely people who care about animals just as much as she does, and enjoys the opportunity to spread the vegan message. A keen foodie, Jenna loves trying new vegan meals and treats and along with Karris is chief sample taster for the TVK products - such a hard job! She also enjoys driving around the beautiful hills and countryside of Scotland and tending to her mad cat Harvey's every need.