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Mike TristramMike Tristram

Mike Tristram
Proprietor – Walberton & Binsted Nurseries; Chairman, Farplants Group Ltd

Mike joined his parents, who had founded the businesses, in 1989. Whilst developing the business he has also served on various trade bodies, and has complementary land-based business interests as Managing Trustee for Sompting Estate. Mike chairs the joint Board meetings for Walberton and Binsted Nurseries and leads on overall strategy and finance. He chairs Farplants Group Ltd jointly with Chris Tellwright of Fleurie Nursery.

Marc JonesMarc Jones

Marc Jones
Managing Director – Walberton & Binsted Nurseries

Marc joined Walberton in 1997 as Assistant Manager (Despatch), tasked with making improvements and efficiencies in the department. Soon after, Marc became responsible for growing Hellebores and Citrus, and tasked himself with closely monitoring sales budgets. In time, managing potting operations became another part of Marc’s role, as did further crop growing responsibilities. Marc became General Manager of Walberton Nursery in 2012, and following the announcement of a merger between both Tristram nurseries in 2016, became joint Managing Director of Walberton & Binsted Nurseries at the beginning of 2017

Tim-Lawrance-OwenTim Lawrance-Owen

Tim Lawrance-Owen
Resources Manager – Walberton

Tim came from the General Manager position at Star Plants in 1990, to take on the Assistant Manager (Propagation) role at Walberton Nursery. Tim managed the propagation of 650k cuttings per year, which included the UK’s entire supply of 200k Scabiosa Walberton’s® Butterfly Blue and Walberton’s® Pink Mist. During his time at Walberton, Tim has managed and coached dozens of staff members; managed the growing of crops; planned daily staff work; carried out all plant sourcing and managed the crop protection department.

Martin EmmettMartin Emmett

Martin Emmett
Director of Business Development – Walberton & Binsted Nurseries

Martin joined the businesses in 1997, starting as the Technical Manager at Binsted Nursery. His main responsibilities are business development and strategic planning. Martin is widely known for representing both our businesses and the whole garden plant sector on bodies such as the Board of AHDB Horticulture and the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group. Alongside his nursery responsibilities; Martin also runs a horticultural training consultancy and lectures at RBG Kew and RHS Wisley.

Camilla PennCamilla Penn

Camilla Penn
Office Manager – Walberton

Camilla joined Walberton Nursery in the summer of 2007 as a Nursery Worker. Soon after that Camilla moved into a Supervisory role before becoming Office Manager in 2010. Camilla is now responsible for much of the office and production admin, production planning, human resources and payroll; ensures we pass our BOPP audit each year; and represents the Farplants Growers at the Farplants Marketing Committee and BOPP Management Committee.

Graham RabeyGraham Rabey

Graham Rabey
Assistant General Manager – Binsted

Graham joined Binsted Nursery as Assistant General Manager in spring 2005 after a 34 year career in cotton research and extension in Zimbabwe. His responsibilities include budgets, purchasing and financial control, payroll, human resources, office management and managing the maintenance team.

Simon GreenSimon Green

Simon Green
Production Operations Manager – Walberton

Simon joined Walberton in 2013 as a Trainee Manager, bringing with him 18 years of experience in local horticulture. Having started predominantly with the remit of organising and allocating work on a daily basis for up to 50 staff, Simon, in his capacity of Production Operations Manager is now also responsible for all potting operations, direct management of seven staff, and the growing of several crops.

Daria PawlikDaria Pawlik

Daria Pawlik
Operations and Despatch Manager – Binsted

Daria joined the Binsted Management Team in 2010 as Assistant Manager. In 2011 Daria was promoted to Despatch Manager and again in 2013 to her current position of Operations and Despatch Manager. Daria’s role includes running operations for five sites; allocating up to 80 staff for each day; recruiting seasonal staff; and improving efficiency by organising lean academy training for staff. Daria is currently studying for an MBA at Brighton University part-time.

Aaron BicknellAaron Bicknell

Aaron Bicknell
Stock Control Manager – Binsted

Aaron joined Binsted Nursery in the Summer of 2003 having been originally employed as an agency worker. Aaron worked his way up through the Despatch department to become Stock Control Manager in 2015. Aaron is currently responsible for sales stock control; customer specifications and quality assurance; data management and reporting; and is heavily involved in audit compliance. Aaron is also a qualified Waitrose Farm Assessor.

John PolmanJohn Polman

John Polman
Production & Grower Manager – Walberton & Binsted Nurseries

John was the first manager to be jointly appointed by Walberton and Binsted Nurseries, following the merger announcement of September 2016. When he joined in November, John brought a wealth of experience in local horticultural with him to his newly created role, which is to support the production and growing of crops across both businesses.

Gracie BarrettGracie Barrett

Gracie Barrett
Technical Manager (Trials & Lab) – Walberton & Binsted Nurseries

Gracie joined in April 2017 in the newly created position of Technical Manager (Trials & Lab). As well as managing Walberton’s Laboratory, Gracie will develop the trials programmes across both businesses, helping to bring new products to market; manage growing media, chemical and fertiliser trials; advise on nutritional issues and carry out environmental impact assessments. Gracie joined us from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), where she had been working on a jointly funded RHS-AHDB fellowship project.

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Mike TristramMike Tristram

Mike Tristram
Proprietor – Walberton & Binsted Nurseries; Chairman, Farplants Group Ltd

Mike joined his parents, who had founded the businesses, in 1989. Whilst developing the business he has also served on various trade bodies, and has complementary land-based business interests as Managing Trustee for Sompting Estate. Mike chairs the joint Board meetings for Walberton and Binsted Nurseries and leads on overall strategy and finance. He chairs Farplants Group Ltd jointly with Chris Tellwright of Fleurie Nursery.

Marc JonesMarc Jones

Marc Jones
Managing Director – Walberton & Binsted Nurseries

Marc joined Walberton in 1997 as Assistant Manager (Despatch), tasked with making improvements and efficiencies in the department. Soon after, Marc became responsible for growing Hellebores and Citrus, and tasked himself with closely monitoring sales budgets. In time, managing potting operations became another part of Marc’s role, as did further crop growing responsibilities. Marc became General Manager of Walberton Nursery in 2012, and following the announcement of a merger between both Tristram nurseries in 2016, became joint Managing Director of Walberton & Binsted Nurseries at the beginning of 2017

Tim-Lawrance-OwenTim Lawrance-Owen

Tim Lawrance-Owen
Resources Manager – Walberton

Tim came from the General Manager position at Star Plants in 1990, to take on the Assistant Manager (Propagation) role at Walberton Nursery. Tim managed the propagation of 650k cuttings per year, which included the UK’s entire supply of 200k Scabiosa Walberton’s® Butterfly Blue and Walberton’s® Pink Mist. During his time at Walberton, Tim has managed and coached dozens of staff members; managed the growing of crops; planned daily staff work; carried out all plant sourcing and managed the crop protection department.

Martin EmmettMartin Emmett

Martin Emmett
Director of Business Development – Walberton & Binsted Nurseries

Martin joined the businesses in 1997, starting as the Technical Manager at Binsted Nursery. His main responsibilities are business development and strategic planning. Martin is widely known for representing both our businesses and the whole garden plant sector on bodies such as the Board of AHDB Horticulture and the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group. Alongside his nursery responsibilities; Martin also runs a horticultural training consultancy and lectures at RBG Kew and RHS Wisley.

Camilla PennCamilla Penn

Camilla Penn
Office Manager – Walberton

Camilla joined Walberton Nursery in the summer of 2007 as a Nursery Worker. Soon after that Camilla moved into a Supervisory role before becoming Office Manager in 2010. Camilla is now responsible for much of the office and production admin, production planning, human resources and payroll; ensures we pass our BOPP audit each year; and represents the Farplants Growers at the Farplants Marketing Committee and BOPP Management Committee.

Graham RabeyGraham Rabey

Graham Rabey
Assistant General Manager – Binsted

Graham joined Binsted Nursery as Assistant General Manager in spring 2005 after a 34 year career in cotton research and extension in Zimbabwe. His responsibilities include budgets, purchasing and financial control, payroll, human resources, office management and managing the maintenance team.

Simon GreenSimon Green

Simon Green
Production Operations Manager – Walberton

Simon joined Walberton in 2013 as a Trainee Manager, bringing with him 18 years of experience in local horticulture. Having started predominantly with the remit of organising and allocating work on a daily basis for up to 50 staff, Simon, in his capacity of Production Operations Manager is now also responsible for all potting operations, direct management of seven staff, and the growing of several crops.

Daria PawlikDaria Pawlik

Daria Pawlik
Operations and Despatch Manager – Binsted

Daria joined the Binsted Management Team in 2010 as Assistant Manager. In 2011 Daria was promoted to Despatch Manager and again in 2013 to her current position of Operations and Despatch Manager. Daria’s role includes running operations for five sites; allocating up to 80 staff for each day; recruiting seasonal staff; and improving efficiency by organising lean academy training for staff. Daria is currently studying for an MBA at Brighton University part-time.

Aaron BicknellAaron Bicknell

Aaron Bicknell
Stock Control Manager – Binsted

Aaron joined Binsted Nursery in the Summer of 2003 having been originally employed as an agency worker. Aaron worked his way up through the Despatch department to become Stock Control Manager in 2015. Aaron is currently responsible for sales stock control; customer specifications and quality assurance; data management and reporting; and is heavily involved in audit compliance. Aaron is also a qualified Waitrose Farm Assessor.

John PolmanJohn Polman

John Polman
Production & Grower Manager – Walberton & Binsted Nurseries

John was the first manager to be jointly appointed by Walberton and Binsted Nurseries, following the merger announcement of September 2016. When he joined in November, John brought a wealth of experience in local horticultural with him to his newly role, which is to support the production and growing of crops across both businesses.

Gracie BarrettGracie Barrett

Gracie Barrett
Technical Manager (Trials & Lab) – Walberton & Binsted Nurseries

Gracie joined in April 2017 in the newly created position of Technical Manager (Trials & Lab). As well as managing Walberton’s Laboratory, Gracie will develop the trials programmes across both businesses, helping to bring new products to market; manage growing media, chemical and fertiliser trials; advise on nutritional issues and carry out environmental impact assessments. Gracie joined us from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), where she had been working on a jointly funded RHS-AHDB fellowship project.