Meet the team

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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.

Phone: 01392 725531

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David Evans

Grounds and Sports Operations Manager

David joined the University on July 1st 2013 and is responsible for managing the Grounds Sports Team and directly line managing the Grounds Management Team.  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.

Phone: 01392 722682 / 07785 554449

Sam Primrose

Assistant Grounds Operations Manager

Sam joined the Grounds Team in November 2013 as Grounds Manager covering the Streatham Campus.

As from August 2017 she took on the role of Assistant Grounds Operations Manager with overall responsibility of Streatham Campus, St Luke's Campus, external residences, the nursery and floristy. 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 high-end commercial and domestic gardening company.

She has gained an IOSH qualification and is currently taking the IEMA environmental management qualification.

Sam was instrumental in gaining the Grounds Team’s Green Impact Silver award for Streatham Campus and worked on the International Garden, a major project celebrating the University’s Diamond Jubilee.

Areas covered; please see full list below.

Phone: 07825 317044

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Peter Greenwood

Arboriculture, Trees, Woodlands, Grounds and Estate Manager

Peter has worked for the University for 38 years and in this time has worked across all of the Streatham Grounds Teams.  Peter was promoted to Assistant Grounds Manager in 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.

In 2017, Peter started managing the Grounds Arboriculture Team as the Arboriculture, Trees, Woodlands, Grounds and Estate Manager; with overall responsibility for the 10,000 trees on University grounds.

Phone: 07825 316995

Staff photo - Terry Jones

Terry Jones

Grounds and Gardens Manager - Streatham Campus, St Luke's Campus and external residences

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.

In 2017, he changed roles and became responsible for the grounds maintenance of Streatham Campus, St Luke's Campus and the external residences as the Grounds and Gardens Manager, see full list below.

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.

Phone: 07827 957330

Staff photo - Mark Farrant

Mark Farrant

Sports Grounds Manager

Sports Grounds Manager for the Grounds Sports Team.  Mark has worked for the Grounds Team for 30 years and works mostly at Duckes Meadow Sports Ground down by the banks of the Exe.  His role involves all aspects of maintaining the pitches and ensuring that events at Duckes Meadow and the Topsham Sports Ground run smoothly.

Phone: 07826 876646

Staff photo Vikki Price 2016

Vikki Price


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!

Phone: 01392 725531

Streatham Campus

Alexander Building

Biocat Centre


Byrne House
Car Parks A-D

Clydesdale Court

Clydesdale House

Clydesdale Rise

Cornwall House
Devonshire House

Elmbrook Cottage

Elmbrook House
Estate Services Centre

Family Centre

Garden Hill Cottage

Garden Hill House
Geoffrey Pope
Great Hall

Higher Hoopern Cottage

Higher Hoopern Farm

Higher Hoopern Valley

Holland Hall

Hope Hall
Innovation Centre 1 & 2
INTO Building
Kay Building


Lafrowda Cottage

Lafrowda House

Living Systems Building

Lopes Cottage

Lopes Hall

Lower Hoopern Valley
Main Library

Mardon hall
Mary Harris Chapel
Mood Disorder Centre

Nash Grove
Newman Centre
Northcote House
Northcott Theatre
Old Library

Pennsylvania Court
Peter Chalk Centre

Ransom Pickard

Reed Hall
Reed Mews

Rowe House

St Germans

Streatham Court
Streatham Farm

Streatham Lodge

Taddiforde Valley


Thornlea Cottage
Washington Singer

West Garth

Xfi Building

External Residences

Birks Cottage
Birks Grange Village

Bonhay House
Brunel Close
Cook Mews
Duryard Cottage
Duryard House
Kay House
King Edward Court
King Edward Studios

Kingdom Mews

Llewellyn Mews
St Davids

St Luke's

St Luke's


Duckes Meadow Sports Grounds

Streatham Sports Park

Topsham Pavilions

Topsham Sports Ground