London Team

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Simon Jacob

Divisional Director South


Starting his Horticultural /Landscape career aged 18, Simon has over 28 years’ experience in the industry and is a qualified agronomist. Working initially within the sports turf industry before moving into landscape maintenance.

Simon joined Gavin Jones in 2006 as a Contracts Manager, covering the Essex and Kent areas before being promoted to Operations manager for the Ground Maintenance Division.

In 2014, Simon was invited to join the board of Directors at Gavin Jones as Grounds Maintenance Director, and then moved to Nurture through acquisition.

He is now Divisional Director South for the Nurture Landscapes Group, responsible for all Grounds Maintenance Operations within the region.

He has gained a wealth of knowledge over the years from working on a variety of projects and is experienced in all disciplines within the landscape maintenance and people management sector.
Simon is passionate about people development and delivering exceptional service to clients at every level, with quality at the forefront of his everyday philosophy.

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Gavin Day

Director London


With a Diploma in Horticulture, Gavin has 23 years’ experience within the Landscape maintenance industry of which 18 are with Gavin Jones.
Since joining Gavin Jones in 2001, Gavin has a gained a wealth of experience in managing prestigious maintenance contracts, mainly in central London.
His career path from operative to management has enabled him to develop a high level of both operational and management skills.
Always keeping customer service and satisfaction at the forefront, Gavin draws on his wealth of expertise and skills in his current role, managing the operational performance of the London Region, for the Nurture Group.

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Simon Cummins

Regional Manager


A Landscape Management graduate, Simon is responsible for Nurture’s portfolio across central London. During his 15 years’ experience he has managed a diverse range of clients and contracts ranging from local authority, national, multi-site and corporate. The daily challenge of coordinating staff and materials in the frenetic capital has given Simon a strong customer focus and flexible attitude to client requirements. The thrill of maintaining some of the most prestigious sites in the country never leaves him.

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Rory Manning

Regional Manager


Rory has over 10 years experience within the grounds maintenance industry, initially joining Gavin Jones as a seasonal temp back in 2009. Through his hard work and natural talent he has worked his way up to become one of our Contracts Manager, managing a variety of contracts ranging from large static sites to smaller mobile sites across East London and the home counties, including several of our high-profile sites such as The Athletes Village at the Olympic Park and Brompton Barracks in Chatham - The Home of the Royal Engineers, which won a BALI Award in 2018.
His ability to develop talent has ensured that his team is built of well trained and motivated staff.

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Willam Henry

Contracts Manager

Having originally studied in Essex, Will has over 20 years experience in the industry, and comes from a strong Horticultural background with a passion for plants.
Will initially joined Gavin Jones as a supervisor in 2008 before being promoted to Head Gardener, working around various prestigious sites in Surrey and South West London. He is a now a Contracts Manager responsible for some of our high profile sites including, Richmond Park and Chiswick House.
He is closely involved with the operational side of his work and takes pride in prioritising quality throughout his teams.
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Paul Heaven

Contracts Manager

Paul has significant experience and knowledge of working within an environment that demands horticulture expertise. He has demonstrable experience in managing high profile and heavily populated sites and has sound financial management skills and a natural ability to engage and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders.
He has a proven track record in service delivery to several high profile & prestigious sites in central London and elsewhere such as The Royal Household, Imperial College Kensington, The Dorchester,Brompton Park Crescent, as well as Ascot and satellite sites around London.
Paul has a Diploma in Landscaping from Merrist Wood Agricultural College and has achieved IOSHH certificate status. He has excellent pro-active organisational, project management and PC skills, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills and embraces a ‘can do’ attitude in partnership service delivery to all his clients.

Glen Harris

Contracts Manager


Glen joined Gavin Jones as a seasonal operative 9 years ago and soon became a valued member of the team, earning a permanent contract within the South East. With his hard work ethic and strong organisational skills Glen organically progressed through the ranks, first as a foreman running a mobile team in Kent, onto becoming a supervisor at Brompton Barracks in 2015 before moving to the position he currently holds as Assistant Contracts Manager.

Glen uses the previous experience he has gained to assist him in managing key sites within the South East region, including Brompton Barracks, The Excel and The O2 in London.
He has a thirst for improvement and works closely with his customers to achieve the best for each site, which played a pivotal role in the winning of a BALI award at Brompton Barracks in 2018.

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Mark Holman

Contracts Manager


Mark is our Contract Manager for Bushy Park, the second largest of the Royal Parks.

He has over 35 years experience within the landscaping and grounds maintenance industry, having joined Turfsoil on leaving school in 1985.

He has gained a wealth of knowledge over the years from working on a variety of sites including military, council and school contracts to name but a few. Starting on the ground and working his way up, Mark was promoted to a foreman role in 1998 and given responsibility for the maintenance of a municipal golf course in South London. From there he moved onto the maintenance contract of Orpington and Farnborough for Bromley Council, where, he and his team won the Green Flag award for Priory Gardens in Orpington each year from 2002, as well as winning Bromley in Bloom Awards, and helping the council win London in Bloom and Britain in Bloom Awards.

Following TUPE, he spent a number of years with The Landscape Group and then moved to Wettons.

Mark took on his current role at Bushy Park in 2014, where has won both Green Flag and Green Heritage awards.

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John Bellamy

Assistant Contracts Manager


John has over 20 years experience within the horticultural industry and has been with Nurture for over 10 years. Starting as a gardener at Thames Barrier Park, John has worked his way up to a Contract Manager position, managing a variety of mobile sites ranging from national client contracts to high profile residential sites and corporate sites within central London. He is passionate about delivering consistently high quality standards across the portfolio.

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Morne Van Niekerk

Assistant Contracts Manager


Morne’ has been with the company for over 10 years, starting his career working with the mobile and static site teams in South West London. This lead him into a team leadership role where he took responsibility for a number of teams, managing and supporting their day to day needs, safety requirements and training.

He has a good logistical mind and is always up for a challenge. His enthusiasm for his work and his eye for detail have seen him progress to a management position and he now manages the teams at Richmond Park, one of the three London Royal Parks, where they have won both the Green Flag Award and the Green Heritage Award.

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Rob Hobbs

Contracts Manager


Robert first joined Gavin Jones as tractor driver in 2010 working in a mobile team in Essex, before being offered a full-time position within the South East soon after.

He used his 7 years’ experience within the agricultural industry and his hard work ethic to progress through the company; becoming a foreman in 2012 within a mobile team, then earning his position as a supervisor in 2015 at the Athletes Village in the Olympic park, before moving to his current role as an Assistant Contracts Manager.

Robert currently looks after two static sites – the Athletes Village at the Olympic Park and St Katherines Docks as well as three mobile teams working across the East of London and home counties.

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