Our Company Vision
Here at Ponds by Michael Wheat, we aren’t just about “digging holes”.
Our company vision is to:
- Create a community;
- Grow our business so we are recognised as a national company;
- Be a centre of excellence for our culture and team; and
- Be known as a training organisation as well as installers.
We are proud to say that every team member is paid more than any like-for-like Job in the country.
Our 12 Company Values
Attitude: Having a good positive attitude is infectious. We expect everyone to arrive at work with the right attitude.
Quality: Everything the company delivers should ooze high end. Everything from emails to client interaction to dealing with snagging should be an enjoyable experience for our clients.
Support & Mentoring: Helping each other is not just the right thing to do for the business. It’s the right thing to do as human beings!
Learning: Learning every day is the cornerstone of good mental stimulus. If we can keep learning, we can keep growing. The more we divulge knowledge about our jobs, the more efficient we can be.
Fun: Yes, we’re at work, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. This should never slow down productivity but aid it by being an enjoyable experience for us, the team, and the client.
Respect: Respecting each other’s boundaries is essential in a healthy environment. We want to have fun but let’s make sure we are respectful!
Productivity: Delivering tasks efficiently on time is always our goal. When this happens, everyone benefits. Clients are happy, and the team feel accomplished. After all, more jobs getting finished on time means more staff treats!
Family: Family is everything. Making sure you take all your holiday is essential; we want you to spend time with your family. We are all doing this to support our families and have more fulfilment in our lives.
Appearance: Dressing smartly and clean shows the clients we care about every detail. Clean self and clean mind equal maximum efficiency.
Progression: Our goal is to get every team member to the highest-earning position they can as quickly as possible.
Ambition: We have many visions that we want to achieve. To achieve these goals, they come hand in hand. To do one, the other will happen. Focusing on the company being productive and achieving its short-term goals will help us achieve our long-term ambition.
Timekeeping: They say the way you do anything is the way you do everything. Starting the day arriving to work early sets the day off right! It also shows respect for everyone in the business by showing them you value their time!
Meet the Team
Client Response, Pricing & Design Team
Head of Sales & Marketing
Tori helps with the general running of the office and works closely with clients, consulting on design and practicalities to help them realise their dream project. Working closely with Tim and Russell, our Pond Consultants, Tori communicates with clients throughout their journey. A keen animal lover, Tori has spent a lot of time travelling, trekking and scuba diving – visiting places like India, Nepal, South East Asia and living in a campervan in Europe. She even got married in Indonesia! Tori loves keeping fit, running, and Zumba – and is also a qualified Yoga Teacher.
Office Manager and Aftercare Co-ordinator
Sarah runs a tight ship at head office; she looks after both clients and staff and does it all with a smile on her face. She works with Tori booking in consultations and is a great sounding board when inquiries come into the company, helping clients get their dream end project. Sarah is a keen roller derby competitor and loves to win. She also has a degree in Contemporary Performance. Having four children means Sarah is, without a doubt, the most organised person in the company! She will always go above and beyond to answer your questions in lightning-fast time.
Sheetal helps to make invoicing and payments as simple as possible. She helps Michael in setting budgets so the company can continue to grow. She monitors cash flow, manages payroll and develops strategies that work to minimise financial risk. She enjoys spending time with family and friends away from work and loves cooking, baking, and swimming.
Samantha (or Sam) works alongside Mark, our Project Manager. She organises all logistics, deliveries, the on-site team and Mark himself! Sam enjoys doing endurance events and is also a keen reader. She is the person making sure that our site teams have everything they need to deliver a project on time and to the client’s specifications.
Senior Pond Design Consultant
Tim ran his own design and landscaping company for over 12 years and has a vast knowledge base for landscape design. Before setting up his landscaping business, Tim worked as a consultant for an international IT company. He has a lot of hands-on experience and loves being on a digger. He is detail orientated, so you’ll be in good hands with Tim if you like detail. Tim is a huge Leicester Tigers rugby fan and loves to go on long walks stopping on route for real ale.
Pond Design Consultant
Russell ran his own garden design company for over 20 years and has a vast knowledge base for technical and aesthetic design. He has worked with blue-chip companies in strategic roles, so he is great on commercial and public sector sites. Russell, just like Tim, is a huge rugby fan and trains budding rugby stars. Russell loves to cycle and to go scrambling at the weekends.
Part of Lindsay’s role involves costing all the projects to ensure consistency. She has over 10 years of experience in building and designing ponds. She also puts together the work packs, ensuring we deliver our projects to the same high standard every single time. Since the company’s inception, Lindsay has been with Michael; she is a great person in the office that everyone goes to her for technical advice on plants and filters. Lindsay loves to attend live music events and is a crucial parent at her son’s football club.
Our in-house designer working on 2D and 3D renderings, Divita works very closely with the sales team, pricing team and on-site team. She’s originally from Coventry and is a henna artist in her free time. You might not know about Divita is that she has two house cats who would love to come to work with us too!
Leah brings all our ideas to life with 3D drawings so clients can see precisely what they will get from a Ponds by Michael Wheat pond design and build. She also has her own artistry business and is one creative individual! Away from work, Leah loves spending time with her beloved rescue dog, Barney.
Izaak is our Junior Designer, also working closely with the design team on 2D and 3D drawings and renderings. Izaak is a recent university graduate with a degree in Architecture, is an avid rugby fan, and loves all things to do with astronomy! Originally from Ashby, away from work, he loves spending time with his dog – Toby.
Mark’s worked all his life in landscaping and has a degree in Horticulture. He supports all the company team leaders in creating our unique projects. Mark visits our clients’ sites before and during installations, checking in with both clients and staff to iron out any kinks and ensure the finishing touches are just right.
Martin is responsible for the operational side of the business, ensuring that all projects are delivered on time and to the customer’s high expectations. He joins us with over 25 years of experience working within the Horticultural Industry. He has worked with multiple National and Blue Chip Clients, including the BBC, Aston Martin Lagonda and Terrance Conran. Martin has delivered projects with both domestic and commercial clients, delivering multi-million-pound projects including ecology and mitigation landscape works on HS2.
Michael is the founder and proud owner of Ponds by Michael Wheat. He spends his time creating processes and supporting his team to deliver the high-end service he expects. He’s also a huge LCFC fan.
Gemma, Michael’s wife and business partner helps behind the scenes. She supports the team thoroughly, ensuring perfection every step of the way! She is also a qualified beautician, so she appreciates the beauty in everything!
World-class Installation, Aftercare and Maintenance Team
Andy has shown hard work, dedication and promise and, as such, has been promoted to team leader! As a former member of the Royal Navy, he knows how to lead a team. Brilliant in his role, you can be sure everyone will arrive on time, and the garden will be left tidy.
Gavin (or Gav as he’s affectionally known) is a product of the company’s policy to train and promote promising site staff from within. A landscaper by trade, Gav delivers work to a high standard; he is hardworking and has the ingenuity to solve any issues on site.
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