Work Experience

Development Manager (voluntary, part-time)

EqualiTree CIC, UK | 2022 - present

  • Deliver Lantra-accredited training to industry professionals (horticulture, agriculture, forestry)
  • Design and deliver practical horticultural courses to members of the public

Founder and Director

EqualiTree CIC, UK | 2019 - 2022

Oversaw the development of EqualiTree from start-up stage to developing partnerships and longer-term collaborations. Achievements to date:

  • Secured start-up funding to support early-stage activities
  • Delivered training courses to industry professionals
  • Built several ongoing working relationships with businesses, community groups and social enterprises to develop research and practical solutions to local issues

Volunteer Gardener

National Trust for Scotland

Falkland Palace, Fife, UK

2019 - 2021

  • Working alongside staff and volunteers, carried out general maintenance of the Palace garden
  • Lifted and dividing perennials, mulched borders, cleared leaves from the main lawn
  • Assisted with machinery operations
  • Provided a welcoming environment for visitors

Sole Gardener (seasonal)

Private estate

Dunlugas, Aberdeenshire, UK


  • Maintenance and management of private estate garden, including Grade II listed Victorian walled garden
  • Pruning of mature trees, shrubs, top and soft fruit
  • Mowing, edging and strimming large lawns and rough grass
  • Growing a range of vegetables and cut flowers from seed
  • Care of greenhouse plants, e.g. Pelargonium collection, fan-trained peach, nectarine and figs

Founder and Director

Growing Research Ltd, UK | 2016 - 2018

Self-employed consultant providing bespoke R&D support to research-active SMEs and international NGOs:

  • Provided training in statistical methods for applied research staff conducting field trials and ecological research
  • Created bespoke data analysis workflows in R Studio for Bioversity International
  • Provided early stage business development support to the National Land Based College
  • Developed funding proposals for submission to Innovate UK and Horizon 2020 (winning €5M for The James Hutton Institute)

Sustainable Horticulture Development Manager

Stockbridge Technology Centre, UK | 2012 - 2015

  • Designed research projects for the commercial horticulture industry
  • Established a precision farming training and research centre
  • Delivered training workshops in precision farming technologies
  • Managed experimental design and analysis of field trials
  • Secured £1.4M of Innovate UK funding for Tru-Nject - precision agronomy that combined RTK-GPS autosteer of tractor and implement (spoke-wheel fertiliser injection system), satellite data for precision mapping of crop responses to targeted fertiliser inputs, and data from proximal soil sensing.


Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Logan Botanic Garden & Benmore Botanic Garden

Edinburgh, Logan and Argyll Peninsula, UK

2001 - 2003

  • Garden maintenance and management of special collections, including specialist plants from New Zealand and Australia, Socotra and Arabian Peninsula, temperate regions of China and the Himalayas

Sole Gardener

Daresbury Properties Ltd

Daresbury, Cheshire, UK

1999 - 2001

  • Managed a private, two-acre garden consisting formal lawns, small orchard, fruit cages, vegetable/herb/kitchen garden, herbaceous borders and grassed tennis court


Jerusalem Botanic Garden

Jerusalem, Israel

1998 - 1999

  • Assisting with general maintenance of the Asian and Australian sections
  • Ground-truthing maps to ensure planting records were accurate

Production Assistant

James Coles and Sons Nurseries Ltd & Johnsons of Whixley (part-time/casual)

Leicestershire and North Yorkshire, UK

1997 - 2003

  • Propagation and management of misting and fogging units, working predominantly with semi-ripe cuttings
  • Prepared orders of nursery stock for despatch, working to very tight deadlines, co-ordinating within teams of seasonal and permanent staff

Horticultural qualifications

HND Horticulture with Plantsmanship

SRUC and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Auchincruive and Edinburgh, UK

2001 - 2003

  • Crop production
  • Plant identification and physiology
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Business management

BTEC National Diploma in Horticulture (3-years)

Broomfield College

Derbyshire, UK

1995 - 1998

  • Plant identification
  • Horticultural mechanisation
  • Fruit and vegetable cultivation
  • Nursery management

Professional Qualifications

Level 3 Instructional Techniques

AtLast! Training | 2021

One day online preparation and practical assessment in Edinburgh over two days

Practical ‘train the trainer’ course to qualify as an accredited trainer for Lantra (national land-based training provider)

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