MEET THE TEAM
Ramona Hirschi (Founder & Managing Director)
Ramona is passionate about ethical business. She is interested in international trade rather than international charity as a means of generating income for disadvantaged producer groups. Having a Masters in International Trade Law and work experience in the humanitarian sector at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Ramona is able to combine her knowledge, experience and passion to drive the company forward.
She started the business in 2010 as a way to promote fair trade products and to help people in poor countries. She works full time managing every aspect of the business including sourcing, marketing, sales and PR and all behind the scenes legal work that make the business happen. She’s a mother to 2 children, aged 11 and 9. During her free time, she enjoys exercising, gardening, visiting new countries and watching tv!
Outside work commitments, Ramona does volunteer work as the Vice-Chair of the Newcastle Fair Trade Group, Council Member of the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and Trustee of Ministry at Work Charity.
Ramona is available for speaking engagements to share her knowledge & experience. Click here to view full profile on Linkedin.
Raphael Hirschi (Co-owner & Director)
Raphael works as a full time astrophysicist at Keele University. Prior to that, he worked at the University of Basel and Geneva Observatory in Switzerland, as well as being a visiting lecturer to universities in Malaysia and Japan. As a co-owner of Little Trove, he lends a hand on aspects of IT, finance, manual support during trade shows as well as the general direction of the business in his free time.
He loves to help people. He has made sourcing trips to Indonesia with Ramona and is a help around the house, freeing Ramona to concentrate on the business. His other passions are football, travel, the children and his native Switzerland!
On hand to offer ad-hoc business advice to the management team is Mo Trudel (Business chaplain & design management consultant).