John has more than 25 years’ professional experience and is a widely published and respected designer, lecturing on his work both in the UK and abroad. He has designed hundreds of landscape projects over the years, many of which have won awards, ranging from private gardens to large scale development projects.
Having graduated with a Landscape Architecture Degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1983, John became a Member of the Landscape Institute in 1990 and was recognised as a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers in 2011, having serving on its Council from 2004-2010.
John formed the company Bowles & Wyer together with Chris Bowles in 1993 and continues to take a lead role in design, client liaison and the planning process.
John writes a widely-read monthly blog that explores his insights into the design process, ponders on the roles of landscape and maintenance, and relates his adventures with cycling and swimming ponds.
Matthew graduated from Merrist Wood in 1990 and gained national recognition working with a market leader, before joining the group’s construction only arm, Bowles & Wyer Contracts Ltd in 2006. He has over 20 years’ industry experience working on private and commercial construction projects in the UK and abroad.
Matthew’s expertise lies in competitive pricing and management of sizeable landscape maintenance portfolios for blue chip companies, high profile local authorities and private estates. Click here to go to Bowles & Wyer Contracts separate web site.
Vicky graduated with an Honours Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture with Distinction from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1984, and became a member of the Landscape Institute in 1986.
She is married to John and had a successful career in landscape private practice before joining Bowles and Wyer at its inception.
Vicky’s particular expertise is in larger projects, urban design and strategic landscape planning, but she is equally at home designing courtyards and roof gardens. She has the skills to deliver a scheme that satisfies a client’s commercial brief without losing sight of inspired design solutions.
Jeff graduated with a Diploma in Horticulture (Best Overall Student) from Kew in 1993 and joined Bowles & Wyer in 1996, having previously worked with us as a student in the early 1990’s.
Jeff is our Horticultural Supervisor and as such has overall control of all our horticulture and maintenance operations. He has an unparalleled drive for achieving the highest quality on site. Jeff also runs our training programme and mentors many of our newer gardeners. Jeff is our longest serving employee and a cornerstone of the business.
Jonathan graduated from Manchester Met University in 2007 and joined Bowles & Wyer in 2015 after gaining experience in both project management and design. He is specialises in coordinating technical design packages across a range of projects, organising the resources and output as necessary. His widespread project experience as well as technical skills ensure that projects are meticulously conceived and detailed.
Mandy Jones is the hub of Bowles & Wyer – she runs the office and administration. Since she joined B&W in 2006, she has got to know how everything works and makes sure that things move smoothly forward. If you have any problems or can't get hold of who you need at B&W, Mandy is your first point of call.
Jason has over 30 years’ experience in the garden design industry including time spent as chief executive and chair of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and on the council of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD). He has been on the judging panel of a number of national award schemes, including currently serving as a judge on the BALI Awards, and has won numerous awards himself including Gold and Silver-Gilt medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Jason’s knowledge and expertise in design-led project management and his talent for building and maintaining client relationships a key to the success of our full service delivery.
Dan joined Bowles & Wyer Contracts Ltd, the landscape construction arm of the business, in 2006.
With a background in hard and soft landscape construction, Dan has been involved in numerous medal-winning Chelsea gardens and award-winning commercial landscapes.
Dan’s client portfolio covers private clients, government bodies and commercial organisations and his expertise covers a number of areas including landscape restoration, town & country gardens and commercial projects. Click here to go to Bowles & Wyer Contracts separate web site.
Max graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Plant Science with Industrial Experience from the University of Manchester in 2014. More recently, Max graduated with Distinction as a Garden Designer at the London College of Garden Design, as well as winning the external examiner’s prize for his final project in 2017. He joined Bowles & Wyer soon after. As well as being a talented designer, Max is skilled on a range of CAD programmes and is involved in the detailing of many of the projects undertaken by the design team at Bowles & Wyer.
Lisa makes things happen at Bowles and Wyer. Materials get ordered, invoices paid, deliveries booked. When people really need something done properly they ask Lisa. Plus of course she is always cheerful!
James graduated with a first class Honours Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture from the University of Gloucestershire in 2005 and joined Bowles & Wyer the same year. In 2011 he gained Chartered Landscape Architect status. James’ work for the company has included gardens, roof gardens and larger projects, including responsibility for the design of the company's BALI Grand Award-winning scheme in December 2010 (a private garden in Surrey >>). James specialises in running jobs in a multi-disciplinary environment and has the ability to consider the big picture whilst having a keen an eye for detail.
Stuart graduated with a Degree in Garden Design from Writtle College in 1999 and joined Bowles & Wyer a year later.
Stuart’s specialist area is planting design and he has exceptionally good links within the nursery industry. He is responsible for most of our soft landscape schemes and takes a design from initial client liaison and planting concept to detailed design and sourcing, supervising the finished scheme on site. He has an extremely good reputation in the industry and is part of the horticultural heart of Bowles & Wyer.
Mark achieved a distinction from the acclaimed Pickard School of Garden Design studying at the Garden Museum in Westminster in 2010. Mark joined Bowles & Wyer in 2017 from Cool Gardens where he was Design Director. He has demonstrated drive, creativity and an ability to learn a wide range of skills across a variety of projects. His design style is creative and striking, with an approach to design and project management that is grounded from a deep practical knowledge and extensive onsite experience.
Elena completed her postgraduate diploma in Germany at Nürtingen-Geislingen University in 2014 after previously gaining a landscape masters from Ion Mincu in Bucharest. She joined us in 2016 after 3years’ international working on projects in India, Germany and Romania. Elena’s particular skills lie in 3D modelling and CAD and her work is an important step in translating schemes from initial concepts to finished landscapes.
Jeff Stephenson is an award-winning horticulturalist who has been head of Horticulture & Aftercare at Landscape company Bowles & Wyer for 11 over years. Having started his horticultural career at the renowned Capel Manor College in North London studying Horticulture and Countryside Management, he went on to study the Kew Diploma in Horticulture at R.B.G Kew, graduating in 1993 with Honours and winning the ‘Best overall performance’ award. Jeff joined Bowles & Wyer in 1996 where he now runs the Gardening & Aftercare team and is responsible for over 70 projects ranging from small roof terraces to large country gardens, public squares and large commercial green spaces. With 29 years experience in soft landscaping and gardening & aftercare, he has acquired an extensive knowledge of all aspects of plant and garden maintenance. In 2017 Jeff collected a Principal Award in the Grounds Maintenance category at the BALI Awards for a private garden in West London that he and his team have been responsible for over seven years. Two other projects looked after by the Gardening & Aftercare team also won awards including two roof terraces designed by award-winning designer Tom Stuart-Smith and a scheme to improve the public spaces around St Peter’s College, Oxford.