- How did you get started in horticulture?
When I was young I was made to mow the lawns for my parents. I used to buy plants for their anniversaries and help to plant them out. I eventually started my own garden maintenance and design business in Sydney, Australia, in 1998 and eventually sold it in 2006.
- What does your typical day involve?
As business development manager, the organising of maintenance, planting, the buying of materials and administration works are an every day occurrence. I also liaise with other departments and work in unison with other garden organisations on jobs.
- What takes up most of your time?
The organisation of the business. I must say that I am lucky to have great people on board, allowing me the freedom to be able to do the bookwork.
- Do you get out of the office enough?
I go out to nurseries at Crews Hill to buy for the gardening jobs we have during the week. I also get to go out and meet with potential clients.
- What is the best part of your job?
Working with a great team and seeing the progress shown by the trainees and the enjoyment they have learning from the courses taught here.
- And the worst?
To be honest, I haven't experienced that as yet, although the client can be a difficult animal to tame.
- What kit can't you do without?
Secateurs and common sense.
How do you wind down after a day's work?
I've always loved a good book, so reading and a cuppa does it for me. I also go to the gym.
- What does the future hold?
I would like to think that I will continue to work with Mind to develop its garden business and continue to help the people who train with us so they can work towards their goals.