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Meet the team

Commercial sales department

Simon King | Head of Sales




01233 811308 01233 813071
07909 685725 simon@palmstead.co.uk

Since starting his career in horticulture as an apprentice to the Greater London Parks Department, Simon has gone on to work in a number of different areas of horticulture, picking up key skills and experience along the way. From parks and open spaces and grounds maintenance contracts to the supply of professional and retail horticultural products, Simon's vast and varied career within horticulture means he brings with him a unique understanding of both the customer and the industry itself.


Designer sales department

Geoff de la Cour-Baker | Designer Sales Manager




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07584 345408 geoff@palmstead.co.uk

Geoff started at Palmstead just for a holiday job in 2001, got the plant bug and has stayed on ever since. After helping to form a successful Young Plant Department as its manager for a number of years, Geoff has now taken on a new challenge within the company in the role of C&C/e-Commerce Manager.

An active gardener at home testing out new and interesting plants; his favourite garden is Great Dixter. With a degree in Religion and Philosophy, he has also gained Management Diplomas, Psychology Diplomas and a Health and Safety Nebosh Certificate and is the Company's health & safety officer.


Denise Buckland | Designer Sales Executive




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  denise@palmstead.co.uk

Denise joined Palmstead in 2008 after working for 25 years in sales and customer services in a television studio. She places great importance on knowing our customers and looking after their enquiries; a real customer champion.

A keen gardener and stalwart of her local Horticultural Club; sweet peas and Dahlias are her favourite plants. Denise enjoys visiting gardens when the duties of chief family organiser allow.


Adam Pope | Designer Sales Executive




01233 811307 01233 813071
07949 935899 adam@palmstead.co.uk

Adam has been with Palmstead for more than 10 years. He left a career in retail horticulture to join us to increase his knowledge of the commercial side of the industry. He started as a picker; was promoted to goods inwards and then outwards supervisor; has been involved with procurement and logistics; and now works as our designer sales executive. Adam has fantastic plant knowledge and says that horticulture has been his passion from day one. He is fascinated with the natural world and is a sucker for anything involving plants and animals.


Natalie Markworth | Designer Sales Supervisor




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07498 454318 natalie@palmstead.co.uk

Natalie joined Palmstead in February 2016 having previously worked as a Sales Administrator for another nursery in the South East. Her career in horticulture began in 2012 having received redundancy as a PA in London, she was encouraged by her grandmother to retrain. Firstly volunteering with English Heritage at Downe House, she enrolled with Plumpton College and began her studies for RHS Level 2 the following year whilst also working part-time at Hever Castle and Gardens and working as a self-employed gardener. Natalie is passionate and enthusiastic about the horticultural world, finding motivation in the new challenges and learnings that each day brings.


Other team members

Martin Brijs | Production Manager




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07909 685724 martin@palmstead.co.uk

Martin joined Palmstead in January 2018 taking on the role of production manager. With more than 25 years' experience in the horticultural sector he brings a host of new ideas and innovative solutions to our production department. He is looking for a challenge and feels his new role will certainly provide that.


Mark Chapman | Maintenance & Innovation Manager




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07584 345409 mark.chapman@palmstead.co.uk

With an engineering background and many years experience on the nursery; Mark leads the maintenance team in keeping the nursery equipment functioning and is at the forefront of all internal development. Recent developments include expansions of the pot grown tree areas and re-grading and draining of production beds. The latter development has been key in increasing our ability to capture a greater level of rainfall for recycling.


Nick Coslett | Marketing Manager




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07736 611204 nick@palmstead.co.uk

Nick studied Landscape Architecture after leaving school and his plant flame was lit while at Pershore. After graduating from Pershore Nick then migrated into Parks Departments working in Liverpool, and Stevenage, gaining the ILAM Diploma and a DMS, before managing Canterbury.

20 years ago he moved into nursery sales, combining his love of people and plants  and has been with Palmstead for over 10 years. Nick was honoured by his industry peers with the Grower of the Year ‘Sales Professional of the Year 2012' for the UK nursery industry. He enjoys every day at Palmstead, "its always so varied and we have a great team here. I get a buzz in helping customers get the right plants." Nick's own garden is a test bed of favourites and no design set piece; his favourite garden is Great Dixter.


Peter Curtis | Procurement & Supply Chain Manager




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07736 611204 peter@palmstead.co.uk

Peter joined Palmstead in 1980 straight after leaving school at 16 and has performed every job on the nursery. This University of Life training has equipped Peter to manage our operations department, making sure customer orders are picked and delivered accurately. Peter enjoys the people and teamwork and seeing the company progress from 3 acres to a major supplier. His favourite garden is Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire, a bold example of the Perennial Movement. Football is another great passion which Peter shares with his family, though there are few Arsenal supporting colleagues to commiserate with.


Robin Harris | Customer Operations Manager




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07584 345407 robin@palmstead.co.uk

Robin joined Palmstead in January 2018 as our customer operations manager. He always had an interest in road transport because he enjoys the challenge it provides and because no two days are ever the same. Robin is a huge sports fan, enjoying rugby union, golf and Formula 1. His favourite plant is the rose because it means so many things to so many different people.


 


Mark Hutchinson | Managing Director




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07736 611203 mark@palmstead.co.uk

Inocculated with horticulture from an early age, his father was big in the world of geraniums. Whilst gaining a BSc in horticulture from Writtle College, Mark travelled and worked in Switzerland, US and UK before landing at Palmstead in 1993. Mark's IT skills have driven the improvements in our IT systems and our irrigation and climate control systems are down to his programming. Technology is an increasing important part of the company and Mark keeps our systems going, there is now one computer for every 2.5 staff.


John Langman | Chairman




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07736 611201 john@palmstead.co.uk

John has always had a passion for plants, starting as a nine-year-old growing vegetables in his parent's back garden. Before he started college he worked for two years in a nursery gaining valuable knowledge and experience. After graduating he went on to work in a garden centre in London while starting to build up his own nursery stock at weekends. In 1968 John left the garden centre and opened Palmstead, which has grown into a 50 ha site and is one of the largest nurseries in the South-East.


Marta Michalak | Digital Marketing & E-commerce Executive




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07949 935961 marta@palmstead.co.uk

Marta joined the company in October 2014, leaving the position as a C&C Supervisor in another plant nursery near Manchester to join our plant centre, Palmstead Plants. Marta has a Masters degree in horticulture, garden design experience and passion for plants. She loves stylish contemporary gardens, probably because they are as well organised as she is. Marta enjoys travelling and photography, she is also the author of all the lovely photos on our website.


Kim Rowlands | Finance & Office Manager




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07909 685723 kim@palmstead.co.uk

Kim says that she was always meant for a career involving numbers. Before she joined Palmstead in the summer 2017 she worked as a school business manager for 12 years. Kim has an AAT qualification and this combination of experience and training mixed with a true love of maths makes her the perfect finance manager. Apart from numbers, she also has a love of music, especially Northern Soul.