Meet The Team

Our Team

Behind every great business are the people who help make it great!  Here are our team of Directors, Managers and Supervisors to tell you what working here means to them! Don’t forget to say hello when you see them in store!

John Little
Chairman

“I delight in the smiles of our staff and the positive attitude they bring to their work. Many of our customers have become friends and we love to see different generations of the same family visiting. I really believe Poplars fills an important need in the local community”.

Bridget Little
Director

“I am still involved in the business and spend my time shuffling paper! We have such lovely staff. They all give me such a warm welcome and I hope that they feel part of our family, which they certainly are”.

David Little
Managing Director

“The two things I like the most are the people and the coffee. I have a great team of people who work with me and lovely customers too! Gardeners really are among the happiest people on this earth”

Zoe Goodhand
Director & Gift Buyer

“I am really proud of how our family business has grown. Our many loyal staff & customers have all helped to make Poplars the success it is today. Long may it continue!”.

 

Alastair Jackson
General Manager

Poplars has been through various developments which have shaped it into one of the top ranked independent destination garden centres in the country. We strive to deliver excellent customer service in every area”.

 

Colin Goodhand
Shop Manager

I am responsible for the purchasing of all horticultural products and I also assist with Christmas buying. No two days are ever the same at the garden centre and every day brings a new surprise or challenge!”

David Young
Plant Area Manager

“A passion for plants makes leading the plant team at Poplars a great job. Sourcing the best quality plants and the knowledge to back it up has helped us become an award winning Plant Area along the way”.

 

Graham Worboys
Plant Area Supervisor

“I have worked in horticulture since 1984. I am a very keen gardener myself and enjoy passing on my knowledge to others. Outside of work, I have an interest in photography and enjoy country pursuits”

 

Dougie Peklivanas
Gifts & Leisure Supervisor

“My role at Poplars is very different from my previous employment with the local police force! I love engaging with the customers and my team, making eye catching displays and ensuring my areas are the best they can be”

Zoe Allen
Garden Sundries Supervisor

“I worked on the Information Desk when I first joined Poplars almost two years ago. It was here I gained the knowledge and experience to be able to progress to Garden Sundries Supervisor”

Paul Ward
Catering Services Manager

“I treat the restaurant as I would my own home. I welcome people in & make sure they are comfortable. I get them something to eat & drink and when I say goodbye, I always add ‘hope to see you soon'”.

Alison Hill
Front of House Manager

“I warmly welcome all our customers into our friendly restaurant.  I have witnessed many changes but one thing that remains the same is the loyalty of our customers who come through our doors”.

Darren Dimenna
Head Chef

“I’m really proud to be part of a team who have helped create an amazing menu. There’s a really great atmosphere here, not only in the Restaurant but throughout the whole Garden Centre”

Alison Burnage
Front of House Supervisor

“I like to keep busy and love a challenge! When the restaurant opened in March 2016, I really did appreciate the loyalty and patience of our customers during some turbulent times!”.