Following 9 years of experience working for different practices in Nottingham I established JDA, along with Louise Jackson, in 1994. Since then the story has been one of steady and continuous growth. Over the years I have seen my role within JDA change, initially being involved with all projects and clients gaining first hand experience of running a business at “the sharp end” through to now being more strategic in my involvement. Whilst a large part of my role is managing the business I still remain hands on supporting both clients and colleagues.
Looking back over the myriad projects, the ones that have given me most enjoyment or satisfaction are those where there has been a clear connection with the end user or a strong link with the wider landscape. One very early pre-JDA project that stands out was designing a specialist home for a client with severe brain injury, the project enabling him to be cared for in his own home rather than spending his life in hospital. Projects strongly linked to the wider landscape, be that a woodland, open countryside or formal/historic gardens, are always satisfying when I see a JDA designed project comfortable in its setting. It is probably the reason I have enjoyed a successful working relationship with Center Parcs for over twenty years, and been trusted with the role of personally leading the masterplan design of their new 400 acre woodland village in Ireland, which has been hugely rewarding.
Away from work:
All things gardening, family and a love of the outdoors. The Lake District fells were like a second home to me in my younger days. These days designing and landscaping an ever increasing garden with my wife Louise, growing my own veg and escaping to Trent Bridge to watch cricket when time allows.