- How did you get started?
This is my first job in horticulture. I was working in land-based colleges before but my background is really in land-based management. I started as an Essex County Council ranger, then moved to be a senior ranger for Hadleigh Castle Country Park. After that I became a county manager for British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and then I moved to Moulton College, where I lectured on agriculture and countryside.
- What does your typical day involve?
It's very broad and very varied, so it could be teaching one of a variety of groups like agriculture or horticulture students or it could be a planning meeting. We attend a lot of shows such as Gardeners' World Live and we have various verification visits to make sure that we are all sorted in terms of courses.
- What is the best part of your job?
Working with the students, helping them learn, getting them to complete assessments and getting them to achieve something they haven't done before or didn't think they could do, whatever that happens to be.
- And the worst?
Not enough hours in the day - and there is a fair amount of paper work.
- What piece of kit can you not do without?
Definitely my computer.
- How do you unwind after a hard day?
I like to play golf on the college's course. We have a nine-hole, 18-tee course that is really well-kept because all the students get involved in maintaining it.
- What is your greatest achievement?
I think probably getting this job. I am glad I was successful in making that change across because it's a difficult subject area.
- What is your greatest ambition?
The immediate thing is making land-based careers attractive to school leavers. That's the major thing for our industry. How do we appeal to the 15-16-year-olds to come here and do horticulture? I think it's going to take input from the industry and media. It doesn't seem to be filtering down to those students.