Our dream – to discover our full potential, combine our passions and enjoy all that life has to offer.
Chris, Jonathan and Gen met at university back in 2000. Although our professional lives have taken us on very different paths, we have all come to the same conclusion separately – life is too hectic, we work too much, and we need to take more time for us. In 2017, Jonathan went on a journey of self-discovery and travelled the world. Chris joined Jonathan in India during his travels and there they uncovered a completely different offering of tea to that available in the UK and were enchanted by Darjeeling. The seed had been planted and Chris and Gen started work on the idea of a tea business combined with the benefits of mindfulness and on Jonathan’s return the company was founded.
With a background in medical devices, Chris has worked with multinational medical companies across Europe and North America. Chris consulted on a high level, led training courses as well as spoke at several conferences around the world. Typically working 60+ hours a week and being on call day and night, Chris was looking for a better work/life balance away from his computer screen.
He is from a family of tea drinkers and his love affair with tea led him to Darjeeling where he met Jonathan while he travelled around India. Once Chris has tasted ‘proper’ tea he knew he needed to share this with the world and spread the joy of the whole leaf!
Gen has a real passion for marketing and branding and has worked for various companies in the interiors, tailoring and baby market. Gen has worked with a number of high profile clients in the fashion and interior market in London, Paris and New York.
Gen was made redundant while on maternity leave with her first daughter and used this as a positive to set up her own business helping SMEs with their marketing. Being able to work from home around her now two daughters, has been a blessing and also gave her the opportunity to explore other avenues including category management in the food industry. Gen has always dreamt of owning her own consumer brand and Noble Leaf has been created from the heart, combining all the things she loves.
Jonathan spent fifteen years working for global technology firms based in London, Sydney and San Francisco, holding executive and leadership roles spanning Sales, Business Development and Product Management. Like many, Jonathan found too much of life was consumed by work and so he embarked upon a mission to help bring wholeness to his world. He combines Mindfulness, Reiki and Coaching as a path to self improvement and wellbeing. After attending a meditation retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas’, Jonathan met Chris as they journeyed to Darjeeling. Their mishaps and adventures have since become tea lore.