Originally born in Aberdeen in Scotland, Paul moved to York in North Yorkshire at a young age and is an expert in agricultural engineering.
He has a keen interest in providing the very best quality products to be utilised in domestic, commercial and community landscaping spaces and has helped develop a range of new products.
Paul offers significant experience in agriculture and horticulture and leads Rolawn and BioScapes in their efforts to keep innovating the industry and remaining an authoritative voice within it.
Paul has spent nearly 30 years in the horticultural sector in a professional capacity. Paul worked in the fresh produce industry at G’s Group for seven years and joined Rolawn as Corporate Development Manager in 1999 and has since become Chairman and Managing Director. He has overseen the introduction of new topsoil products, the ProFresh system, the Hallstone brand and more recently the launch of BioScapes as a sub-brand specialising in biodiversity.
BEng (Hons) in Agricultural Engineering – Newcastle University (1993)
Neil has a wealth of experience from his professional background in business development, having worked for several major global brands.
He has worked in-house and in consultancy roles, underpinned by an overarching passion for the countryside, and how we interact and care for it.
His role in the roll-out of the BioScapes’ suite of products, which promote biodiversity in new ways, sits perfectly with his own ethos and values in this space.
Neil has more than 25 years’ of business management experience with major brands across multiple sectors, successfully delivering new products to market. Neil brings demonstrable commercial skills that he is presently utilising to support and develop the BioScapes brand. In a previous position, Neil achieved the Queens Award for International Export.
BA in Business Studies – Leeds Beckett University (1992)
Originally born in Middlesbrough, Terry Smithson is an expert in biodiversity who has a background and extensive experience working in the nature conservation sector.
He has a passion for protecting the planet’s natural habitat, with a deep understanding of species and ecosystems and of how this benefits humankind.
Terry offers support and guidance through his role at BioScapes on the importance of boosting biodiversity and the most effective ways for this to be achieved.
Terry has over 30 years’ experience in the nature conservation industry, researching and supporting endangered species, and working extensively with The Wildlife Trusts on a number of different projects to make a positive impact on the environment. 15 years of his experience has been at senior level, helping lead the way on restoring natural habitats.
Bachelor’s Degree (BSc) in Zoology – Manchester University (1992)
Master’s Degree (MSc) in Ecology – University of Aberdeen (1993)
Full member of CIEEM – Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management