Our People

Colin Squire OBE


Colin is the son of our founder D.J Squire and grew up with the business. He formally joined the company in 1956 after his National Service. He trained in architecture at Kingston School of Art (now Kingston University) and in Landscape design at University College London.

Colin designed many gardens in the Twickenham area in the 1950s and 1960s. He is a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and a member of the Company of Gardeners (a London livery company). Colin was also a founder member of the garden Centre Association.

As you might expect Colin has a particular interest in garden design and always designs the Squire’s exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

To read more on Colin’s Diamond year in horticulture, click here

Sarah Squire

Deputy Chairman

Sarah started in the business as a weekender while still at school. After qualifying as a Solicitor she worked with a firm of solicitors and specialised in commercial property before deciding to cease to practice law and and come back into the family business in 1995. Sarah took a part time course in horticulture at Merrist Wood College and her favourite groups of plants are herbaceous perennials and roses.

Martin Breddy

Managing Director

Martin joined Squires in 2016. He began his career in marketing with Unilever, and became responsible for the Persil brand in the UK and Europe. He then pursued an international career with Unilever holding senior position in Australia, Turkey and Holland.

On returning to the UK Martin spent 3 years working for Glendinning Management Consultants, now WPP’s leading Retail consultancy business.  In 2004 he joined the horticulture industry and spent over 10 years leading the Scotts Miracle Gro business in UK, Australia and China.

Martin knows Squire’s extremely well both as a supplier of products with Scotts and as a shopper; he lives in Farnham and has been a regular customer at  Badshot Lea for the last 15 years

Mark Wilson

Finance Director

Mark is a qualified Management Accountant with lengthy experience as a Finance Director and in other senior finance roles in the Consumer Goods sector in both Unilever, a major global business, and Vitacress, a family owned food business based in Hampshire.  Mark joined Squire’s in 2017.

Darran Oakley

Director of Purchasing

Darran is responsible for all purchasing in the Group and personally controls garden products (other than plants), garden furniture and Christmas ranges.

Darran gained his diploma at Pershore College and has been in the industry for 25 years. He joined Squire’s in 1998 and has a particular interest in Clematis and climbing plants and herbaceous perennials.

Jo Ripley

HR Manager

Jo has a postgraduate diploma in HR management and a masters in employment law. She is a chartered member of the HR professional body CIPD. She worked for Marks and Spencer and Surrey County Council before she joined Squire’s in the summer of 2005. Jo is a keen amateur gardener and enjoys working amongst plant experts who are on hand to give her advice and help.

Jo is a volunteer member of the Gardeners Welfare Committee of Perennial, a national charity for people who are working in, have worked in or have retired from gardening trades. It is a fantastic charity which offers advice, help and support for horticulturists who are facing need or difficulty.

Karen Smith

Group Marketing Manager

Karen has a broad understanding and knowledge of consumer marketing with over 18 years experience in the travel, tourism, fitness and leisure industry. Her previous roles include head of marketing for high profile leisure destination Legoland Resort and premium chain of health clubs Esporta. Karen joined Squire’s in autumn 2011.

Mark Hardy

Group Catering Manager

Mark has worked in catering for over 20 years for companies such as PizzaExpress and Whitbread. His most recent position included the development of Cafe Zest in House of Fraser and French boulangerie Paul. Mark joined Squire’s in November 2009.

Jenny Middleton

Gifts and Leisure Buyer

Jenny joined Squire’s in September 2011. She is an experienced buyer who, in the past, has worked for Fenwick for 10 years, as well as Bentalls, and Hobbs.

Jenny is responsible for;

  • Every day cards, wrap, stationary
  • Books, Cds, DVDS,
  • Kitchenware
  • All general gifts (candles etc)
  • Clothing, Footwear
  • Toys

Jeannette Aston

Health & Safety and Facilities Manager

Jeannette has a broad range of experience in facilities and health & safety management having worked with Dairy Crest across their head office and network of depots.

With over 15 years experience in facilities and health & safety management, Jeannette has extensive skills working with both corporate and retail businesses.


Sally Lomax

Gifts and Leisure Buyer

Sally is an experienced buyer and has previously worked for Wyevale, Blooms Garden Centre’s and Jardinerie.

Sally is a qualified horticulturist and gained her H.N.D from Askham Bryan College. She joined Squire’s in May 2014 and has worked in the horticultural industry for over 25 years.

Her particular interest is herbs and patio gardening

Sally is responsible for buying in the following areas;

  • Food and drinks
  • Craft
  • Silk & Dried flowers
  • Pot Covers
  • Gardening Gift

Jeremy Hall

 Group Plant Buyer

Jeremy joined Squire’s as Group Plant Buyer in June 2015. He has worked in horticulture for 38 years, 20 of these in plant buying. This includes time at Van Hage and Shoots, and since leaving Shoots he has worked for Next and Asda where he gained much useful experience; particularly in added value products.


Andy Bunt

Operations Manager

Andy started his career as a weekend student at Homebase. His professional experience includes Curry’s, Haskins and most recently Chairman of the GCA South Thames Area. Andy joined Squire’s in 2008.