THE 2021 JUDGES
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 is the founder and director of ViewHR, a HR and Employment Law Consultancy supporting 100s of organisations around the country. 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.
Whilst being passionate about what she does, Gemma understands the importance of listening to the needs of her clients and providing simple, commercial and realistic advice! Her clients regularly commend her for her calming and pragmatic approach.
Adam is a Fellow and the 43rd President of the ‘Royal Chartered’ Landscape Institute. Along with landscape architect Andrèe Davies, they established Davies White Ltd in 2008. They are Double RHS Gold Medal, Double People’s Choice Award and RHS Best in Show winning landscape architects. Adam is a Member of the Garden Media Guild and design member of BALI. Originally from Warrington in Cheshire. He has worked in Manchester, Barnsley, Lincolnshire & London. Adam was made a Fellow in 2012 for his services to ‘children’s health & well being’.
During 2018 and 2019 Adam & Andrèe designed four RHS #BackToNature gardens with HRH the Duchess of Cambridge to help reconnect families with nature.
Also in 2019 Adam began working with Sir David Attenborough’s and at the #LIAwards he presented Sir David with a LI lifetime achievement Medal and made him an Honorary Landscape Architect. Adam writes a monthly column in Pro Landscaper Magazine.
He has extensive experience in landscape architectural design and contract administration whilst delivering community engaged capital projects. He is fully DBC checked and regularly runs design and model making workshops in both Primary & Secondary Schools.
A Green Flag Judge, National Design Award Judge, Pathway to Chartership Mentor & Design Ambassador for the Homes & Communities Academy are just a few of his past roles through which he promoted Landscape Architecture.
He has been a design workshop coordinator at sessions in the USA, Japan and Germany. He has been visiting lecturer at Kosice Botanical Gardens in Slovakia where he has highlighted the importance of public space for children’s health & well being.
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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. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Build-Grow-Tradesperson-Construction-Industries/dp/1781332789 She is also founder of the Build and Grow Academy (launch January 2021) the first online training centre for trades and construction SMEs.
A former business 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 Pro Landscaper Magazine.
Ewan has a passion for landscape that began more than 25 years ago when he set up a design and build company operating in London and the southeast. Since then, he has worked as a landscape architect at Arup, the London Borough of Newham and also freelance. He now oversees the design and delivery of public realm on urban regeneration projects as a development manager for global development, construction and investment company, Lendlease.
Ewan has worked on landscape projects at every scale from private gardens to large scale schemes including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Thames Tideway Tunnels and most recently, the mixed-use Elephant Park development.
With a keen interest in green infrastructure, Ewan passionately believes that the landscape industry holds the key to building healthy, liveable places that help tackle the environmental issues of our time.
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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.
Azets is one of the UK’s fastest-growing business advisory groups providing a full range of accounting and advisory services to a diverse range of entrepreneurial owner managed businesses and individuals, across the UK and internationally. The business was established in 2016 and is backed by Hg, one of the UK’s leading private equity investors. We have grown rapidly over the last three years, handpicking businesses that share our personal approach, our passion for innovation and our commitment to helping our clients thrive. Our business has a presence in more than 160 cities, 15 sectors and employs 6,500 staff worldwide.
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Since 2007, Nick Ruddle has coached many landscape contractors, horticulturists, nurseries, garden centres & garden designers to success and works closely with the main industry associations, suppliers & leaders.
With over 5,000 hours of 1-2-1 coaching and delivering 100s of workshops and seminars over the years, Nick will help you implement specific strategies, methods, processes and systems that will produce exceptional results for your landscape business.
Phil Jones is the CEO of Cultura Group, where he has recently led a complete transformation and rebrand of the business. He is a principal figure in the UK horticultural industry, in which he has worked for over 40 years.
Phil is the former chairman of The National Contractors Forum, the BALI South Thames Landscape Training Group and has also served on the horticultural advisory panels for Brinsbury College and Merrist Wood College.
He has written several papers on the challenges facing our sector and is a regular contributor to industry events and publications.
Phil’s great passion, in addition to plants and green spaces is spending as much time as possible outdoors, walking and running.
The Top 1%
Frosts Landscape Construction
Managing Director of Frosts Landscape Construction, Ken White has led his business through a restructure and rebrand following a management buyout in 2018.
Having worked in horticulture for over thirty years, Ken is incredibly passionate about landscaping and is equally passionate about using his skills and experience to help others within the sector. Over recent years Ken has helped a number of businesses bloom through mentoring, and formal peer support. Ken’s social responsibility extends beyond horticulture as Co-Founder and Trustee of the children’s cancer charity Supershoes.
Ken is a Non-Executive Director of the Horticultural Trade Association and sits on the committee as a member for Association of Professional Landscapes, having previously held the position of chairman.
Oak View Landscapes – Former Pro Landscaper Business Awards Supreme Winner