Team – Head Office
Mathew is the co-founder and Managing Director. Apart from that he is also a director of Keystone Foundation, a World Board member of IFOAM, an active member of Fair Trade Forum – India, and an influential member of PGS both at the national and international levels.
Nandan is the head of the marketing and sales team. He has brought in his corporate experience to the social enterprise world and has worked to blend these skills and functions within our work. Keen on social media and digital marketing, he is always willing to take on challenges and makes an effort to realise them.
Aritra is the sole team member who shuffles between Ooty and Kotagiri working three days in each town every week. Websites, social media, newsletters, photos, design and Place to Bee, he has his plate always full!
Frango is in-charge of stocks and working towards a better inventory management and works closely with procurement, the marketing team and the Green Shops. He is the operations manager that has taken on extra responsibilities of admin and HR and is also involved in out of the box policy making.
A local boy of Kotagiri, rides down every day to the Coonoor Green Shop and manages the store meticulously. He is efficient in his endeavours as the store in charge and has registered himself as a customer favourite primarily attributed to his cordial attitude.
Head of accounts and a strict taskmaster, Monica handles cash meticulously and follows every transaction that takes place! She has also taken on extra responsibilities and stepped out of her daily routine to ensure smooth operations of the stores.
J Miller Ashok
Senior most member of Last Forest, Miller has vast local knowledge and is an expert in honey. Our go to man in case of emergency. He shares his experiences with the team at large and is open to learn from the young team around him.
Madhu is the unassuming model of Last Forest, a one man show of procurement. From ball point pens to labels on honey bottles to the tastiest of flakes, he rakes in all to efficiently manage our inventory.
Dayal has been part of the team since a year as an account assistant. He helps Monica with cash dispensing and meticulously follows up the daily transactions. He dreams of one day becoming an auditor.
A smile is always around the corner for Gopal. Being big in built has its advantages as he shifts heavy containers in the honey section without batting an eyelid. One of the quietest members of the Last Forest family, Gopal is a sincere employee and a consistent performer.
Mari Muthu T
Mari is currently head of honey section and manages his team with ease. Immaterial of the workload, he is always willing to take on more responsibilities and can be completely trusted with the tasks assigned to him.
Mala has been with us for over a decade and is handling the trade in and out. She has a lot of experience and presents a high quality of work. Petite in her demeanor, she almost always has a smile and works through her tasks incessantly.
Usually a solitary worker, his background of being an Irula aids him in processing honey and understanding its characteristics quickly. Being one of the seniors in the honey section, he is well versed with all tasks and willingly helps the newcomers.
A local boy of Kotagiri, Joshwa is the most fashion conscious person on the team! Primary responsibility lies in the honey section with dedicated daily tasks, and he pitches in regularly with local deliveries and dispatches.
The main pillar of the packaging section, Francie is a smiling task master. If anyone needs any information or status on any product or order, she is the go to person at all times. She takes up complete responsibility and ownership of everything that passes through her building.
With a friendly demeanour, Asia efficiently cooperates and works with the entire team. Her ability to maintain neatness in all that she does, with her detail oriented nature brings in added value to the packaging team.
J Jancy Nirmala
Jancy has worked in various fields and organisations before joining Last Forest. Her gratitude for being given a fair chance at work speaks for itself, and she is always a positive person. Now with her brother and her son working on the campus, she literally feels at home.
Prabhu is a silent performer and speaks with his actions. Having easily synced in with what was an all women team, he keeps everyone on their toes by noticing the smallest of mistakes. He then points them out with a laugh and quietly goes back to his tasks.
Staff at Geen Shops
Kokila has been working since close to five years as a sales executive in the Kotagiri Green Shop. She has been constantly improving and is now also training new members and assistants at the stores. Her infectious smile and wealth of information about the products makes her a favourite amongst customers.
Vijaya is the sales executive at the Kotagiri Green Shop and she has been with us for two years. Being the senior most person in our stores, she maintains her store strictly adhering to rules.
Divya is the only one in the entire team to daily hop on to the famous Nilgiris heritage train to get to work. She efficiently manages a busy life between her duties at the Ooty Green Shop and taking care of her two young children.
Place to Bee
Abhijit, as the head chef of Place to Bee has become a very important part of the team. From fishing out new dishes for season’s special to grooming the sous–chefs, he is leading the kitchen by example.
Purna is working his way up the restaurant – quite literally! Our main Pizza man now takes care of the guests and manages the daily chores of the restaurant. An integral part of the team, he can be trusted with any task.
Surendra’s progress and growth has been steady. He is the backbone of the kitchen and makes sure everything is in place.
Rani Amala Mary
Rani, called as Rani akka ensures that the team is in good shape and health! The eldest in our team, she takes care of the crockery, cutlery and the utensils. The best part – she brings fresh homemade breakfast for all, every single day.
Gobinda is the younger brother of Abhijit. He has been with us since a year and has taken over the Pizza kitchen. A quick learner, hard worker and a great football player!
Relatively new to the team, Lavanya has settled in quickly. Helping Rani akka with the dishes and the hygiene of the restaurant.
Thatteus Kumar A
Thatteus is also a newcomer into the kitchen and helps in anyway he can! Has picked up all the daily routines and works hand in hand with Surendra.