Jan 17 2022

1. Can you tell us about yourself and your role as Gardens Team Leader in the Estates Department?

I have worked at RHUL for the past 20 years. I became Gardens Team Leader four years ago. In this role I am responsible for the day-to-day gardening activities across the campus, along with a small team. We also manage adhoc tasks which may arise across the 135 acres.

2. During your 20 years at the College, what are the most significant changes you have seen made to the Egham campus and the management of the campus?

As you can imagine, there has been a lot of development but I would have to say the most significant was the EWD building. Regarding the management changes, things have become much more collaborative with the student experience, which is a key part of the decision making.

3. Can you tell us more about how you and your team are approaching the challenges and opportunities of maintaining a more sustainable campus?

This is obviously a hot topic at the moment, but in the gardening department this has been at the forefront of our planning for quite some time. We have replaced a substantial amount of tools with cleaner electric tools and are carrying out a tree planting strategy set out each year.

4. What do you enjoy most about working at Royal Holloway?

The work is extremely varied, bringing new challenges and experiences in such a beautiful setting. My favourite task would have to be cutting the grass in the quads on a spring morning.

5. Outside of work, how do you like to spend your free time?

I have two young daughters and we enjoy taking our dog for long walks.