Meet the team

Staff photo

Iain Park

Director of Grounds

Iain joined the University of Exeter as the Director of Grounds in September 2007. He is responsible for maintaining the grounds extending to a total of 153 hectares.  The gardens cover 100 hectares over the two campuses with the Streatham Campus being registered as a Botanic Garden.  The remaining grounds include excellent sporting facilities in various locations in Exeter.

He graduated from Strathclyde University with a BSc Hons in Horticulture and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from Napier University.  He previously worked in Edinburgh as the Parks Manager for the City, managing 1600 hectares of public open space in the Scottish capital.

Email: grounds@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 725531

Staff photo - David Evans

David Evans

Grounds Operations Manager

David joined the University on July 1st 2013 and is responsible for directly line managing the Grounds Managers.  His role also includes ensuring resources are adequately managed, finding ways of driving efficiency and increasing standards and ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation and sustainability targets.    

David originally worked in agriculture - he has also worked in sales and customer service management.  Prior to starting at the University he worked as a head groundsman on a military establishment for 12 years.

He studied for a First Diploma in Land-Based Industries and a National Diploma in Agriculture at Reaseheath College in Cheshire.  He gained a Higher National Diploma in Agriculture from Seale Hayne College in Newton Abbot and an RHS General, Advanced Certificate and Diploma at Bicton College.  He has also been awarded a Foundation Degree in Horticultural Science from Bicton College.

Email: d.m.evans@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 722682 / 07785 554449

Sam Primrose new

Sam Primrose

Grounds Manager - Central Estate, Spreytonway and Nursery

Sam joined the Grounds Team in November 2013;  her overall responsibility is for the grounds on Central Estate and Spreytonway on Streatham campus including the ponds, nursery, floristry, floral decorations for graduation and interior plants. Sam manages a team of 15 and her role also involves liaising with building contractors, customers, visitors, staff, students, volunteers and college managers.

Sam studied at Bicton College and was awarded a Foundation Degree in Horticultural Science. While studying at College she also worked as a part time Craft Gardener there. Before returning to Devon, Sam was a Horticultural Supervisor for a London based gardening company. She recently gained an IOSH Qualification.

Sam was instrumental in gaining the Grounds Team’s Green Impact Silver award for Streatham Campus in 2015 and is currently working on the International Garden, a major new project to celebrate the University’s Diamond Jubilee.

Areas covered include: Innovation, Queens, Hope Hall, Lopes and the Forum - see full list below, based at the Estate Services Centre.

Email: s.primrose@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 07825 317044

Staff photo - Peter Greenwood

Peter Greenwood

Assistant Grounds Manager - Central Estate, Spreytonway and Nursery

Assistant Grounds Manager for the Central Estate, Spreytonway and Nursery Team.  Peter has worked for the University for 35 years and in this time has worked across all of the Streatham Grounds Teams.  Peter has been an Assistant Grounds Manager since 1986.  In the early 1980s, Peter started carrying out arboricultural work and this is something that he has enjoyed doing ever since - he still climbs trees and is one of our most experienced arborists.

Email: p.j.greenwood@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 07825 316995

Staff Photo

Andy Roke

Grounds Manager - Outer Areas, St Luke's and Sports

In 2015 Andy will be celebrating 36 years service working on the grounds of Exeter University.  Starting in 1979 at the Spreytonway area and then moving to the Central Estate to become the youngest Deputy Foreman at 24 years in 1985.

During the 1980s Andy also attended various courses at Bicton College concluding with a final three year course and horticulture qualifications.

Andy became the Grounds Foreman, now Manager, of the Outer Areas in 1995. In 2015 he took on the additional responsibility of managing the St Luke's and Sports Teams.

After a few changes over the years the outer grounds areas now consist of West Garth, Duryard, Moberly, Birks, King Edward Street properties, Streatham Lodge, Mardon, Holland Hall, Clydesdale plus Nash Grove and we also have responsibility for the Vice Chancellor's home residence Redcot - see full list below

Email: a.j.roke@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 07827 957334

Staff photo - Terry Jones

Terry Jones

Assistant Grounds Manager - Outer Areas and St Luke's

Assistant Grounds Manager for the Outer Areas and St Luke's Team.  Areas covered include:  St Luke's, West Garth, Duryard, Moberly, Birks, King Edward Street properties, Streatham Lodge, Mardon, Holland Hall, Clydesdale plus Nash Grove and we also have responsibility for the Vice Chancellor's home residence Redcot - see full list below.

Originally from a mechanical/building background Terry started as an apprentice on the central estate in March 1984.  He trained in all aspects of estate work and following the great storms in 1987 was trained in all aspects of arboriculture at Bicton College.  

He progressed to a Deputy Foreman role in the Outer Areas Team in 2004, then in 2009 moved to the Spreytonway Team which he led through significant development of student accommodation in the Lafrowda area and the new Business School. In April 2016, he moved to the Outer Areas and St Lukes' Team. 

He has undertaken various courses and management training courses, to keep his skills and knowledge of arboriculture and horticulture to the highest industry standards.

Terry is pleased to play his part in an award winning Grounds Team that strives to deliver quality services.

Email: t.l.jones@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 07827 957330

Staff photo - Mark Farrant

Mark Farrant

Assistant Grounds Manager - Sports

Assistant Grounds Manager for the Sports Team.  Mark has worked for the Grounds Team for 25 years and works mostly at Duckes Sports Ground down by the banks of the Exe.  His role involves all aspects of maintaining the pitches and ensuring that events at Duckes run smoothly.

Email: m.w.farrant@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 07826 876646

Staff photo Vikki Price 2016

Vikki Price

Administrator

Grounds Administrator and PA to the Director of Grounds.  Based at Streatham Farm.

Vikki joined the University in 1993 as the PA to the Assistant Director of Domestic Services (now Campus Services).  During her time at the University she has worked within a variety of PA, secretarial and administrative roles within Campus Services departments - Director's Office, Training, Parking, Transport and now Grounds.

Vikki has been the Administrator for the Grounds Team and the PA to the Director of Grounds since 2010 and is responsible for everything admin!

Email: v.t.price@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 725531

Central Estate

Amory
Biocat Centre
Car Parks A-D
Clayden
Devonshire House
Estate Services Centre
Forum
Geoffrey Pope
Great Hall
Harrison
Hatherly
IAIS
Innovation Centre 1 & 2
INTO Building
Kay Building
Knightley
Laver
Living Systems Building
Main Library
Mary Harris Chapel
Mood Disorder Centre
Newman Centre
Northcott House
Northcott Theatre
Old Library
Peter Chalk Centre
Queens
Reed Hall
Reed Mews
Roborough
Streatham Farm
Washington Singer

Spreytonway

Alexander Building
Bonhay House
Building:One (Business School)
Brunel Close
Byrne House
Cornwall House
Elmbrook Cottage
Elmbrook House
Garden Hill Cottage
Garden Hill House
Higher Hoopern Cottage 
Higher Hoopern Farm
Hope Hall
Kingdom Mews
Lafrowda
Lafrowda Cottage
Lafrowda House
Lazenby
Lopes Cottage
Lopes Hall
Pennsylvania Court
Ransom Pickard
Rowe House
Spreytonway
Streatham Court
St Davids
St Germans
Taddiforde Valley
Thornlea
Thornlea Cottage
Xfi Building

Outer Areas

Birks Cottage
Birks Grange Village
Clydesdale Court
Clydesdale House
Clydesdale Rise
Cook Mews
Duryard
Duryard Cottage
Duryard House
Family Centre
Holland Hall
Kay House
King Edward Court
King Edward Studios
Llewellyn Mews
Mardon Hall
Nash Grove
Redcot
Streatham Lodge
West Garth

St Luke's

Rowancroft
St Luke's

Sports

Duckes Meadow Sports Grounds

Streatham Sports Park

Topsham Pavilions

Topsham Sports Ground