THE 2024 JUDGES

Marcus Watson

Marcus believes that business is a force for good and that we have the opportunity and duty to build a vibrant and sustainable economy that cares for our environment and the communities we live in, allowing us to lead prosperous, fulfilling lives without mortgaging our children’s futures.   

Marcus joined Ground Control in 2011 and led the company for a decade before handing over the reins to Jason Knights.  Marcus remains with Ground Control as a NED and shareholder.   

Other business interests include advising and investing in businesses with a strong purpose beyond profit and focussed on environmental sustainability, education & lifelong learning.  

Marcus lives in Surrey with his wife Jane and his twin daughters Grace and Ella.  In his spare time, Marcus cycles a little, having caught the bug after cycling for charity from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, unsupported and untrained, on a donated bicycle. 

 

JONATHAN HAZELL

Jonathan’s career began in Ealing in 1980, and after senior roles in the public, charitable and commercial sectors, he became an independent consultant in October 2011.  Drawing upon 40 years of experience, Jonathan offers pragmatic advice on a broad range of tree-related topics to a wide customer base. 

Instructions have ranged from individual tree inspections to enterprise wide tree surveys, hazard assessments and health and safety advice.   

Jonathan writes tender documents and method statements, and carries out tree surveys and impact assessments. He’s the Tree Officer for two local authorities and the Tree Safety Officer for a local school. 

 

Nick Ruddle

Nick specialises in transforming the profitability and overall performance of companies in the landscape industry.

He works with business owners to develop an amazing culture to attract & retain the best talent available. Nick has coached over 5,000 hours of 1-2-1 business coaching and has worked with the majority of the UK’s High Street banks since 2007.  

As a Certified SYSTEMologist, Nick also works with business owners to extract them from the day to day operations of their business and by doing so, increasing the value of the business so it can become a saleable asset.

 

Ken White

Managing Director of Frosts Landscape Construction and Gardenlink. Co-Founder of Supershoes Children’s Cancer Charity.

Having worked in horticulture for over thirty years, Ken is passionate about the landscaping industry and is equally passionate about using his skills and experience to help others within the sector. Ken was part of the judging panel for the Pro-Landscaper Business awards in 2021 & 2022

Ken was previously the Chairman of the Association of Professional landscapers and Non-Executive Direct of the Horticultural Trade Association.

LYNN HUNTER

Lynn has over 20 years’ experience within the horticultural and landscaping sectors and through Pro-Motion provides engaging, relevant, on- and offline content and communications as an outsourced marketing professional.   Lynn’s network of clients, media and industry influencers stretches across the landscaping supply chain from landscape software providers, landscape architects and wholesale growers to contractors, suppliers and retailers. 

Richard Gardiner of NAG Solutions

Richard Gardiner

Richard is owner and MD of NAG Solutions, offering coaching and mentoring support to UK landscape companies, helping them build on their strengths whilst inspiring them to build better businesses that truly fulfil their potential. NAG Solutions also offers business health check and compliance management and with Richard’s extensive experience in the sector, he is well placed to help develop business models that are actionable and effective for clients.

Gemma Murphy

Gemma Murphy is the founder and director of ViewHR, an HR and Employment Law Consultancy supporting and advising 100s of organisations around the country. Clients include landscape contractors, garden centres and garden designers. 

Gemma is a former specialist employment solicitor and experienced business leader. She has extensive experience in dealing with both day-to-day HR matters through to complex employment issues and strategic development, within a broad range of organisations. This brings an extra dynamic to her delivery and methodology as an HR Consultant. 

The team at ViewHR are keen to help create great places to work for their clients’ employees, placing emphasis on encouraging great HR practices and wellbeing support in the workplace. 

 

Mo Kebbay

Mo Kebbay is the Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing (DIW) for the RHS, a role that he started in June 2022.

With DIW expertise spanning across organisational design, learning and development, training, recruitment and supplier diversity. Mo has over a decade’s experience in lead DIW roles in the Banking, Real Estate and charity sector. His most recent previous role was with Landsec developing a strategic approach to EDI and in particular the development of a framework for incorporating ‘Inclusive Design’ principles in the design process of all new developments in this leading national property development and Investment Company. Prior to that, Mo’s role as D&I Lead at TSB saw him develop the bank’s inaugural Women’s returnship programme. The programme was aimed at talented women wishing to return to financial services following a career break.   

Mo role models inclusive behaviours and is committed to empowering individuals to help build and develop an inclusive and accessible environment that enables everyone to be their best authentic selves.

Gemma Jerome

Gemma is the Director of Building with Nature (BwN), a national benchmark and accreditation system for green infrastructure. She is an environmental planner specialising in the delivery, management and maintenance of development that puts nature at the heart of its decision-making. BwN is the UK’s first Standards Framework for high-quality green infrastructure and provides industry with how-to guidance to create great places for people and wildlife. She recently co-chaired the British Standards Institute panel for the BS8683 Biodiversity Net Gain standard, sits on the advisory group for the Natural England Green Infrastructure Standards Project, and has acted in an advisory capacity on various Government roundtables directing design quality and placemaking. Gemma became a Fellow of the Landscape Institute in 2021, in recognition of her services to industry, and acting as a bold and fresh ‘voice’ for nature in the planning and development sector. 

Luke Morgan

Luke is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the finance sector for the last 15 years. He is a Director at Azets, one of the UK’s fastest-growing business advisory groups and a top 10 Accountancy firm, operating in the SME market with offices throughout the UK and Europe. Luke is based in the Havant office on the South Coast and advises a wide range of clients, from owner managed businesses to larger corporates, looking to provide a personal service both digitally and at your door.

Luke is married and has three children who (happily) tend to take up a lot of his free time!

Alison Warner

Alison Warner is The UK’s number 1 business coach for Trades and Construction companies and best-selling author of Build and Grow: How to go from Tradesperson to Managing Director in the Construction and Trade Industries.

A former busines advisor to Fortune 500 brands, Alison founded Evolve and Grow in 2010; a highly acclaimed business coaching and consultancy company for SMEs. She has worked alongside hundreds of business owners to transform their operations, generating record growth and profitability.  Alison is a thought leader and spokesperson on topics affecting the Trades and Construction industry and is a regular contributor to the ProLandscaper Magazine. 

Adam White

Adam is a Chartered Landscape Architect and the most recent Past President of the Landscape Institute (LI). In 2008 he established Davies White Ltd with fellow landscape architect Andrée Davies.In 2012 he was made a Fellow of the LI for his influential role in changing the way public spaces are designed for children and young people. He is now the elected Chair of the LI’s College of Fellows. They have won two RHS Gold Medals, two BBC People’s Choice Awards and an RHS Best in Show. In 2019 they co-designed the RHS Back to Nature Gardens with HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

They have recently been commissioned by The Imperial War Museum to design and manage the creation of a new destination playscape in Cambridgeshire and by the NHS to design and manage the creation of a garden for NHS Staff at University Hospital Southampton, funded by the artist Banksy and the Captain Tom Foundation.

Andrew Corcoran

Recently returned to Glendale as the Operations Director, Andrew has managed national landscaping and arboriculture businesses for over 12 years. His career has always centred around service operations. He has worked in public companies, private companies, charities and social enterprise organisations. Andrew has been a judge for the awards for a number of years and enjoys the task as it offers a great opportunity to be part of celebrating the great things about the sector ; and more importantly the people who drive and develop it.  Andrew is married to Alison, they have three children and two Jack Russells,  who keep everyone in the family busy. He enjoys “spoiling a good walk” (playing golf) and some real hill walking – he intends to bag 3 more Munros this year.

Richard Kay

Richard is the Co founder and Ex Chairman of Green-tech the leading supplier of landscape products to the landscaping, forestry and horticultural industries. Green-tech which was founded in 1994 employed more than 80 local staff had a turnover in excess of £20 million when Richard and Rachel Kay exited the business in 2020.

Richard has worked in the landscape industry for 30 years and is passionate about business and the development of the new generation of young landscape professionals.

Richard is a former Board Director & National Chairman for the British Association of Landscape Industries, the UK leading trade member’s organisation.

Richard has recently joined the Charity BALI Chalk Fund www.balichalkfund.org.uk as a trustee and is looking forward to continuing supporting BALI and working with BALI Chalk Fund Trustees in promoting BCF Top Student of the year and education enrichment programmes through www.golandscapes.co.uk  

Richard is CEO of Rabbit (Holdings) Ltd which has investments in a Business Park, Letting Property, and a Caravan Park.

Rachel & Richard have recently taken up a position as regional ambassadors for Ipswich based Tools with a Mission www.twam.uk which specialises in collecting and refurbishing tools. Empowering people with the tools that create livelihoods and transform lives in African Countries. Alongside this they are offering mentoring specializing in husband and wife teams.

Outside of work Richard is married to Rachel, has 3 children and is a hobby farmer at heart rearing Belted Galloways Cows.

Gamiel Yafai

Gamiel is CEO of a multi-award-winning DE&I consultancy, Diversity Marketplace, which he founded in 2005. He is the proud recipient of the Global Diversity Leadership Award presented by the Global HRD Congress and the author of ‘Demystifying Diversity’ and Yemen Proud. Gamiel is also a founding member of the MK Ethnic Business Community, spent six years as a trustee for The Parks Trust and Women Leaders UK, and is an advisory board member for the MK International Festival.

Gamiel first entered the world of diversity in 2000 when he was publishing, collaborating with the then Commission for Racial Equality to promote the Amendments to the Race Relations Act, which requires public bodies to take action on Race Equality. 

Andy Craig

Andy is a creative change agent, who takes a collaborative, organised and strategic approach to HR Management with a focus on delivering first class operational results.

Andy joined People Puzzles in April 2019, bringing with him over 28 years’ experience in HR. He has worked in a diverse number of sectors in the UK and internationally, including FMCG, Business Travel,  Payments  Technology, Financial Services, Logistics, Construction and Manufacturing.

He has extensive experience in business turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions, cultural change, continuous improvement and HR transformation.Andy also has significant experience with owner managed businesses, helping them to establish best practice HR Strategies, policies and procedures and implementing new HR technologies.

Andy is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with a BSc (hons) Psychology from the University of Surrey

Charlotte Sweeney

Charlotte is known as the ‘go-to’ expert when it comes to pushing the boundaries on creating more diverse and inclusive companies. Recognised as one of HR’s Most Influential Thinkers in the UK in 2022, she has specialised in large-scale change programmes with a focus on DE&I for over 20 years. She works with companies and C-suite executives from many of the FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies worldwide to drive inclusive leadership and cultural change.

Charlotte is co-author of the book ‘Inclusive Leadership’, published by The Financial Times and shortlisted for Management Book of the Year 2018 by The Chartered Management Institute. Additionally, she writes regularly for professional publications such as Forbes and regularly hosts and chairs large conferences and virtual events.

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