Meet the team

Andy Dunkley

Key Account Manager

Customer accounts, pricing, sales, service

“A keen plantsman at heart, I’ve been in the Horticultural industry all my working life, encompassing Arboriculture, Landscaping, Growing and Sales, working for some of the leading industry names. Always plant orientated and with a desire to deliver top class customer service.”

Adam Whitehouse

Head of Operations

Purchasing, production and dispatch.

“After over 20 years working in the banking industry, I wanted a complete career change. Plants and horticulture have always fascinated me, so Robin Tacchi Plants was the perfect fit. After a brief time as a nurseryman and 1 year as the dispatch supervisor, I then joined the commercial team, then moving up to Operations manager before taking on my current role as Head of Operations in 2023”

Nigel Whiting

Commercial Director

Commercial sales, contracts and negotiations.

“My family have been in the Horticultural industry for 3 generations, so it was always destined to be my career. Before joining Robin Tacchi Plants I ran my own businesses for over 35 years including a large wholesale nursery, landscaping and construction companies.”

Holly Garrod

Projects Co-Ordinator

Managing contracts, communication,systems.

“Drawing from a professional background encompassing horse racing, sales operations, and agricultural youth charities, I offer a versatile skill set for any endeavour. Complementing these experiences, my deep appreciation for plants is matched only by my fervour for crafting meticulously organised spreadsheets.”

Ben Thomas

Nursery Manager

Overseeing both nursery sites and the operations team manager. 

“Having studied Horticulture at Easton College I joined the team 20 years ago and progressed to my current role. My passion and dedication to plant quality is testimony to the Robin Tacchi Plants commitment to customer satisfaction.”

James Frost

Head of Maintenance & Potting

Potting and estate management. 

“I started work at the nursery in 2008, and shortly after became the Potting Supervisor, overlooking the running of the potting machine at Hall Farm. As well as being responsible for estate maintenance”.

Joe Tacchi

Managing Director

Production planning and procurement. Key customer accounts. 

“The business has always been part of my life, I spent my school and university holidays on the nursery and worked on other nurseries in New Zealand and France. I decided my future would be in the landscape and horticulture industry. I joined the commercial team in 2010 and became a director in 2016”

Barbara Nalepa

Site Supervisor (Fen Farm)

James Collins

Plant and Design Consultant

Plant advice, consultancy, CPD training, soft landscape design, sales 

“I have been a passionate plantsman all my life. After running my own retail nursery and design practice for 10 years I joined Robin Tacchi Plants in 2016. I aim to offer a unique and fresh approach to the role and I look to develop new areas for the company.”

Nikki Adams

Stock Control and Production Assistant

Stock control, procurement  and production planning.

 “I have always been interested in plants and this interest took me to take a BSc (hons) in Commercial Horticulture. I worked at a number of  nurseries before joining Robin Tacchi Plants in October 2001. I have fulfilled various roles within the company and have been in this role now for 5 years”

Glenn Howard

Husbandry Supervisor

Plant husbandry at Hall Farm. 

“I have spent all my life working with plants both outside on nurseries and under glass. I joined the nursery team at our Hall Farm site as Husbandry Supervisor in 2015.”

Kerry Bedford

Dispatch Co-ordinator

Dispatching orders, booking transport liaising directly with customers. 

“I have been with Robin Tacchi Plants for over 7 years and I have learned so much about this industry. This was a complete career change for me. Every day is different with challenges and changes, particularly in organising deliveries but I find my job so rewarding. I have a wonderful and friendly team I work with and I enjoy all aspects of the role.”

Gill Tacchi

Director

Finance and marketing. 

“As a family member, I joined Robin Tacchi Plants to help out with administration, marketing and finance. I was soon drawn into not only this company, but the wider industry working to promote landscaping as an enormous benefit to our environment. I am very proud to be a part of such an exciting and rewarding industry”

Robin Tacchi

Director & Principle Grower

Principle grower and advisor. 

“I started Robin Tacchi Plants from scratch in 1983. It gives me great satisfaction to have gathered together the team we now have whose enthusiasm and talent will lead the company to even greater heights in the future.”

Henil Vashi

Horticultural Advisor

Melanie Green

Dispatch Supervisor

Richard Dilks

Incoming Goods

Darren Forkes

Crop Protection

Louise Hall

Accounts Administrator

Jane Wadman

Potting Supervisor