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 6 year old and a 2 year old), wife to Scott (the other co-founder of TVK), and managing director of a thriving business, she doesn't get much spare time, but if she does, you can normally find Karris engrossed in a good book, or catching up on her favourite youtube/instagram accounts.
— Co-Founder, Sales and Marketing Director
Scott says "I used to be blind to what I consumed. I never gave it a second thought, and just thought that some animals were here because they were a food source. I didn't really consider what was actually happening as a back end process; the cruelty, death, destruction. I was an 'animal lover' who loved the gym, ate meat and consumed copious amounts of dairy. As Karris transitioned from vegetarian to vegan, I started realising that I could still drink milks, eat cheeses, spaghetti bolognese, mince, sausages, cheeseburgers, ice cream, fajitas, different cuisines etc - but was just eating products where there was no background of harm and cruelty, under a vegan diet. Faced with the reality that you can spend a little extra time choosing what you eat, and avoid an entire global industry of torture, harm and ecological destruction, I knew that I could never justify eating food which came from an animal again. I realised that we can live our lives completely in tandem with animals, and that all animals live here with us, not for us. I went vegetarian for about 48 hours, and then vegan since then. I have never looked back, and know I never will.
There is simply no need for any animal products as a food source, nor are they a material of any sort. They aren't food, and they certainly aren't a belt or a wallet. The way animals are thought of is shocking and hopefully going to end one day soon. People will look back on their treatment with regret. I am full of energy and now LOVE food, where I just used to see food as something that satisfied hunger. I was never a 'foodie', whereas I now dine out all the time"
Scott has a background in Business Banking, Sales and also Ecommerce & Marketing. His days are long and full, and his spare time is mainly spent chaperoning children to jiu jitsu, dancing, gymnastics, mini kickers and more....but when the time to relax does arrive, he loves watching the mighty Glasgow Celtic play football, Premier League Darts, and his all time favourite, the UFC. He also loves a craft beer.
— Head Buyer 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.
— Customer Communications Expert and Social Media Manager
Eve went vegetarian at the age of 7 after making the connection between her food and her beloved animals and being inspired by her long-term vegetarian mum’s decision to ditch meat at a similar age. Three years ago, after watching undercover footage and becoming aware of the suffering in the dairy and egg industry Eve went vegan and became a passionate animal rights advocate.
With her background in law, Eve was the first international legal intern of international non-profit organisation, Mercy For Animals, and also has experience in blogging, researching and outreach with non-profit organisations Vegan Outreach and The Humane League and the political think-tank Sentience Politics.
Eve has a love for writing and connecting with like-minded people and so working in communications with TheVeganKind is her dream position! A lover of vegan food, in her spare time Eve can be found experimenting with new recipes and enjoying Glasgow’s amazing vegan food scene! She also enjoys travelling, hiking, and crying over photos of cute dogs on Instagram.
— Warehouse Operator
Growing up with ducks, dogs and cats, Sebastian was always an animal lover and so it was only natural that he went vegan 2 years ago after having met Eve during her Vegan Outreach tour in England and becoming aware of the unnecessary suffering of farmed animals. Having discovered vegan alternatives for all his favourite foods, the transition to veganism was very quick for Sebastian- he became vegetarian instantly and vegan within a week!
Sebastian moved to Glasgow two years ago and was delighted to join the TVK team. He enjoys spending his working days with like-minded people and being involved in such an exciting period of growth for TVK. Sebastian is also a fine artist and exhibits his work throughout the UK.
In his spare time, Sebastian can be found skateboarding Glasgow’s skate parks and travelling throughout the Scottish Highlands.
— Warehouse Operator
Kate was raised vegetarian since birth by her long term vegetarian mum, and always thought she was doing her bit to save the animals by leaving their bodies off her plate. While considering giving up dairy to see if it would help her eczema, Kate came across the video ‘Dairy Is Scary’ on YouTube and was horrified. She instantly ditched dairy and then went vegan just a couple of days later, with her mum following suit shortly after too.
Kate is currently in her final year of her Accounting Honours degree, and loves working part-time at TVK surrounded by good vegan vibes and like-minded friends.
When she’s not in the library, you’ll most likely find Kate in the kitchen trying out new vegan recipes or in bed snuggling with her cat, Yoda, and listening to techno.
— Warehouse Operator
Barry turned vegetarian 7 years ago, content he was playing his part in saving the lives of animals. At that time, he knew of no one in his immediate circle who was vegetarian or vegan so it wasn't until he watched a video with Peter Dinklage, describing and showing horrific scenes from the dairy and poultry industries that he made the change to veganism.
Barry enjoys going epic walks with his little Jack Russell Coco, and loves hill walking and strolling around the countryside when he gets the chance.
He is a keen novelist, having already completed and published one horror novel, Dream Demon.
Barry says "I am so happy to say that my eldest daughter has just decided to go vegan! Joining Team TVK has given me such hope for the future of human kind. We are all earthlings, after all."
— TVKHQ Office Staff Member
Mizla turned vegetarian seven years ago after reading '50 awesome ways kids can help animals'. She recalls how upsetting it was to realise that she had been contributing to her furry friends' suffering. As she started reading more about the animal-testing, meat and dairy industry, she knew she couldn't be a part of it. Now, a vegan for 4 years, Mizla is loving her cruelty-free lifestyle and enjoys food much more than she used to. She still can't get over how versatile tofu is!
Mizla has recently finished her masters in Clinical Psychology and is excited about having more free time. She plans to read lots of books and try new recipes! In her spare time, you can also find her volunteering in animal sanctuaries or in animal rights rallies/protests. Working for TheVeganKind means Mizla gets to discover new vegan goodies from all over the world and spend the day with passionate vegans like herself- what's not to love!
— Chief Executive Helper
In between Swimming, Gymnastics and Jiu Jitsu commitments, Casey spends her time colouring in, jumping on her trampoline and helping make key strategic decisions at TVK HQ.
— Head of Future Development
A rapidly growing healthy, happy vegan toddler - the youngest member of Team TVK, Tyler, spends most of his days enjoying snacking on yummy vegan food, playing with his building blocks and thinking about what TVK will look like in 2018 and beyond! With his big sis Casey in charge of 'Helping', Tyler can't wait until he is a bit older and is able to implement all his ideas.