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The People

John Straka - MD

John Straka, Managing Director of JS Agriculture Ltd, comes from an Agricultural family and spent time flying helicopters for the military therefore it was a natural step to find a second career using a combination of airfield/ flying knowledge combined with agricultural/ specialist machinery. Hence JS Agriculture Ltd was formed 30 years ago whilst John was still flying. In order to specialise in airfield maintenance, habitat management and CAA compliance John used his specialist knowledge from both the pilots and ground perspective. John holds manoeuvring area driving licences and security clearances along with VHF/UHF licences for operating in these environments (and he still flies helicopters!).

Denise Hall - General Manager

Denise has had 14 years’ experience within the landscaping industry, working with many high profile Clients during this time.

Denise has experienced all aspects of commercial landscaping but specialises in working with senior management to design and deliver organisational structures that reflect growth strategies and the needs of the business. Denise is also responsible for operational issues and the HR function across the JSA Group.

Denise has a strong belief in working with Clients to develop long-term professional relationships.

Denise was previously Operations Manager at Hasmead Plc and prior to that gained extensive management experience from a variety of roles within the NHS.

Hilton Bartlett - Group Operations Manager

Hilton joined JSA as Group Operations Manager in May 2014 and has many years’ experience of delivering high quality landscape maintenance contracts. He has a National Diploma in Horticulture (Natal Technikon). Hilton manages all our landscape operations supporting the site specific Contract Managers as well as carrying our client liaison. Having come from a grounds maintenance background working as a Contracts Manager at Green Park for EMCOR UK, Hilton has a vast amount of experience and organisational skills with which to carry out this role within JSA.

Well respected within the Industry by clients and staff alike, Hilton’s knowledge base ensures the smooth running of all our Companies Operations.

Andrew Gould - Business Development Manager

Andrew has been working in commercial landscaping and grounds maintenance for over 30 years.

His experience has seen him serve in the MoD sector, undertake landscape projects and smaller civils works throughout the south east of England, including many in central London. Most recently he has worked extensively in new housing developments where he has gained experience in the implementation of SANGS and green space developments.

He has extensive knowledge of horticultural practices and gained a National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture at Merrist Wood College.

Andrew is responsible for seeking new business for the group and developing the company’s brand within the industry.

He is a keen enthusiast for medieval history and supporter of several historical societies.

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