How did you break into the industry? I started gardening when I was about 10 years old, with a gentleman around the corner from my house who was a head gardener.
I worked with him for eight years, at the weekends. Later I went to university and went into sales. I decided to swap the City for the garden after hearing so many nightmare stories about people being ripped off or the wrong type of planting taking place. I heard of places being left in a terrible mess and, worse still, of companies just not turning up. So I set up Your Gardener to provide residential and commercial garden services.
What is your typical day? I delegate work to the three teams and liaise with my marketing manager and operations manager. I do all the finances and am always looking to push the business forward, aiming to expand and grow. We are looking to appoint a fourth team soon.
Do you get out of the office enough? Yes, I visit the sites and check up on the guys. I also do a lot of networking. We are currently offering advice on how to set up composting schemes. It's our passion to prevent waste going to landfill.
What is the best part of your job? Everything, really. Work is like a hobby.
And the worst? I don't really have one. Every little issue is a challenge.
What piece of kit can't you do without? A mattock.
What do you do in your spare time? We're building a car at the weekends, which will run on biofuel. We aim to race it around the UK next year and are looking for sponsorship.
What does the future hold? This autumn the team at Your Gardener will pose for a naked gardening calendar to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. It's a cause close to my heart because women in my family and my partner's family have been affected by it. Our crown jewels will be covered by gardening tools and pieces of turf.