Meet the Team
Green Oak consists of a group of specialised individuals covering many disciplines but are united by their love of the outdoors and a passion for their craft.
FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
Stuart Christie has been firmly rooted in the outdoors from a young age. He holds a BSc in Countryside Management and Applied Ecology, focusing on Land Management and Countryside Law, an HNC in Landscape Design and Construction and an FD in Amenity Horticulture. Stuart works closely with the British Association of Landscape Industries and the RHS in promoting and encouraging young people in horticulture.
After 30 years of working in management for large international companies, Ron joined Stuart as a business partner in 2020 to set the path for the successful growth of Green Oak. With the fierce drive characteristic of his American roots, Ron has overseen investment in state of the art equipment, technology and systems to enable Green Oak to embark on its next chapter of improvement and strategic expansion.
Marlene Lento studied Interior Architecture at the Academy of Applied Arts in Munich and Environmental Design at the University of California Los Angeles. She spent five years designing for California’s rich and famous before settling in ‘the Garden of England’. Marlene oversees our design studio and enjoys the great variety of styles she gets to create for clients.
SENIOR CONTRACTS MANAGER
Chris has extensive experience in all aspects of landscaping, quantity surveying and the management of teams. He orchestrates the landscaping and fencing divisions and serves as the main point of contact for customers from the estimating stage and throughout the installation phase of their project.
Marcus carries out the technical aspects of our operations, including mechanical, electrical and lighting installations, and he is responsible for Green Oaks’ Health and Safety. Marcus advises on and commissions our water installations as a certified electrician and registered OASE pump and equipment installer.
With his family heritage entrenched in landscaping, Jack has extensive knowledge of planting and hard landscaping. He assists the contracts manager with the smooth and timely delivery of our Hard Landscaping Projects. Jack is approachable and always keen to make your journey with us easy and enjoyable.
James is a qualified tree surgeon with 14 years experience. He has worked in Royal parks such as Richmond Park managing and preserving the veteran oak trees. James handles tree work quotations, tree surveys, aerial climbing inspections, tree mapping, tree tagging and pest and disease management.
There is nothing Matt can’t build and do so brilliantly. He is known for delivering complex projects detailed immaculately and at astonishing speed.
Tyler has extensive experience in all aspects of groundwork. His control of a digger is akin to mechanical ballet! Aside from the heavy work, Tyler has an acute eye for detail and finish.
Despite being our youngest team leader, Alfie has quite a few years of landscaping work under his belt. His paving and brickwork is beautiful.
Rob leads our minor works and fencing division. His role encompasses much of our reactive work and smaller projects. Rob’s resourcefulness and dynamic thinking is an asset for some of our more unusual assignments.
Ged is most at home amongst beds and borders, taming overgrown gardens into refined, beautiful spaces. With Ged, knowledge and advice is plentiful; a real plant smith and all-around garden guru!
HEAD OF GROUNDS CONTRACTING
Efficient and reliable, Toby oversees our larger commercial sites. From grass cutting to line marking, his versatility is always welcomed as we adapt and respond to the ever-changing needs of our amenity clients.
Tom brings with him a broad range of estate skills, from minor repairs to ongoing land husbandry. Seen and not often heard, Tom works hard with quiet determination and fortitude, a great asset where discretion is key.
Toni is in charge of accounting and is our client and supplier contact for all things financial. She also runs the office and knows how to keep an army of muddy men under control!
Maria is often the first point of contact for our clients. Apart from being and IT whiz kid, Maria handles our marketing and social media.
After a secondment to oversee the renovation of a large residence on the Crown Estate, Stuart set up Green Oak Services in 2006. To date, Green Oak has designed and delivered projects for over 500 domestic and commercial clients and contracts covering all major outdoor disciplines.
With time, we have built a solid and dedicated team, driven by a love of the outdoors and delivering quality services and gardens.