Andy Payne, Managing Director
Andy is the founder of Blue Forest and a successful and creative business entrepreneur with more than fifteen years experience in the construction industry; BA (Hons) Degree in Business & Design.
Andy has a passion for art and is the creative driving force behind many of Blue Forest’s crazy tree house schemes! If you can imagine it Andy will find a way to build it!
Born & raised in Kenya.
Simon Payne, Director
Before joining his brother Andy in Blue Forest, Simon worked in a number of countries from Kenya to Nicaragua in conservation and international development. MA in Development Studies; BA (Joint Hons) in Geography & Spanish.
Simon is also creatively driven and in addition to working with Blue Forest’s private clients he heads up the PR & Marketing for Blue Forest. Following his work in conservation and development Simon gained experience in eco-tourism and uses his passion and expertise to advise developers on their sustainable strategies for tourism related projects.
Born & raised in Kenya.
Adam Coxen, Chairman & Non Exec Director
Adam is a successful entrepreneur who now devotes his time to technology, venture capital and sustainable development. Prior to this, he was an advisor to the venture capital firm, Speed Ventures, a management consultant with BTS Group and a Captain in the Royal Engineers. He has worked as a mentor at London Business School’s Entrepreneurship School and also for the Prince’s Trust.
Mike Ruddock, Financial Director
Mike began his accountancy career in 1996. In 2002 he set up his own accountancy practice that specialises in supporting owner managed businesses and sits on the Board for various companies on an Executive and Non Executive basis.
Mike is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and in his spare time enjoys time with his family, mountain biking and surfing.
Will Hardy, Director
Will is a self-motivated, capable and energetic individual. Will and Simon work together with private clients and in the marketing and sale of Blue Forest’s luxury tree houses.
Will is a keen sportsman at both competitive and recreational levels including; dinghy and yacht sailing, windsurfing, triathlon, and mountaineering. Will has a strong interest in current affairs and human rights.
Marc Storms, Architect – RIBA
Marc has an extensive analytical knowledge of design, building regulations and project management. Marc delivers the best possible outcomes from investment with very demanding clients ranging from Local Authorities (Kent County Council) to high profile International Investors (CBRE Investor).
Daniel Wilson, Senior Designer
Dan is a passionate designer who specialises in user-specific designs with a strong consideration of material and sustainability.
Dan has a passion for music, having worked within the music and event sector running and creating facilities for outside temporary events, often powered by his own wind and solar power systems.
Rhys Stickings, Project Manager
Rhys is an exceptional project manager with practical background in carpentry and joinery. As well as a real passion for tree houses and sustainable development, Rhys has a 1st Class Honours degree in Construction Management.
On top of his commitment to his work, Rhys is a dedicated Rugby player and plays as Centre for the England Deaf Rugby Union Team.