BLUE FOREST - Key Persons
Andy Payne - Founder, Managing Director
It all started with this man and his desire to bring adventure back into people's lives. While Andy takes the lead on Blue Forest's commercial projects, he's still the driving force behind some of our most creative (craziest!) treehouse ideas. Andy loves to spend time with his family on his farm in Sussex, hosting BBQs and travelling. Fun fact: he'd rather have a smoky cup of Lapsang tea over an English Breakfast any day.
Ben has heaps of experience in timber frame construction, environmental engineering and project management. Ben is happiest spending time in the countryside with his wife and two boys. They are very keen campers and are the proud owners of the biggest tent we have ever seen. Ben also likes getting stuck into self-build projects, working with wood and natural materials.
Goodness, where would we be without Caryn? She comes in with her beaming smile everyday and no job is too big or too small. Caryn and her family moved to the UK from South Africa a few years ago and she still enjoys discovering country gardens and historical heritage sites. Tell her where she can find a great Cream Tea and you'll be her favourite person for life.
When Charlie's not busy project managing our treehouse builds, he's running about after his two girls. He's the kind of cool Dad that can catch his toddler with one hand, while holding a burger in the other and keep his new-born sound asleep in the baby sling at the same time. Charlie likes watching live motorsports with his friends and exploring the countryside with his family and two dogs.
- Aftercare & Support Manager
It's the one and only, Mr. Woodward! This lovable, charming and slightly bonkers chap helps us to manage our RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibitions and our aftercare services. He's always got a kind and encouraging word to say, and he has a wealth of experience in customer and stakeholder relationship management. He's been known to try his hand at hang gliding and motorcycle racing, and loves a good walk in the countryside.
Our talented Flo creates imaginative interior schemes that will bring your treehouse to life. Whether it's a glamorous treetop bar you desire, or a woodland playhouse for your children, she'll hand pick all the furniture, fittings and features. Although Flo loves to travel she is a country girl at heart, and in recent years, her and husband have been kept busy with their adorable baby boy.
Ian is what we call a ‘good egg'. He's always got a kind word or a smile to give. He looks after our accounts and makes sure our books are kept in order. Ian, a devoted husband, is married to a singing coach whom he met when he decided to start taking lessons. A member of the London Bach Choir for over 20 years, he's performed in the most magnificent venues across the country.
James started his career in carpentry working on hotel developments in London for many years. His interest in the technical side resulted in him obtaining his BSC Hons in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying. He is now a dab hand at pricing up all our projects here at Blue Forest. In his spare time, James loves a bit of golf, snooker or table tennis and in-between catching up on the latest construction techniques, enjoys a good fantasy novel.
Jenny is the newest member of the Blue Forest team, although she has been freelancing for us for a number of years - we finally managed to entice her to work with us full time! We are thrilled that Jenny is now a permanent member of the team, and she will be coordinating our wonderful design tema, ensuring we continue to produce the fabulous designs are are known for!
Matthew creates photo-realistic 3D images, enabling clients to visualise what their treehouse will look like before it is built. You'd want him on your pub quiz team - he's a knowledgeable chap and remembers all sorts of interesting facts. Matthew is an excellent cook and enjoys bread baking and foraging for ingredients with his daughters. Other interests include archery and complex fluid dynamic systems.
Shar and her bubbly personality are the glue that holds us all together. Without her, we're pretty sure we would have descended into chaos years ago. She keeps us organised and ensures the smooth running of all company operations. Shar has always got her next big trip planned, and along with her family has explored Thailand, Croatia and Italy in recent years.
- Company Secretary
- Marketing Director
Simon was only supposed to be helping his brother Andy out for a few months. 14 years later he's still here, so he must be enjoying himself! In the past, he's worked on conservation and development projects in Kenya and Nicaragua and is known to chat away in Spanish when the occasion requires. When he's not looking after our PR and Marketing, he can be found tinkering with new gadgets, camping in his beloved tree tent or spending time with his beautiful family and dog Moss.
- Structural Engineer
Sophie is a smart cookie, with a degree in Civil and Architectural Engineering. She worked on fascinating historical and conservation projects before she came to us. As well as being a talented designer, her job is to make sure that our treehouses stay strong and sturdy. Sophie is a passionate eco-warrior, with her own reusable coffee mug that she takes around with her. She's a talented performer and loves singing and tap-dancing.