Our Team

  • Andy Payne

    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

    Simon Payne

    Marketing Director

    Simon heads up the PR & Marketing of Blue Forest’s amazing tree houses.

    Simon has a passion for design, technology and for the great outdoors! Before joining his brother Andy in Blue Forest, Simon worked in a number of countries from Kenya to Nicaragua in conservation and international development.

    Born & raised in Kenya.

  • Will Hardy

    Will Hardy

    Sales 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.

  • Ben Lutyens

    Ben Lutyens

    Operations Director

    Ben has broad experience bridging timber frame construction, consulting and environmental engineering.

    Out of work Ben gets stuck into self build. He loves working with wood and enjoys the great outdoors!

  • Matthew Harwood

    Matthew Harwood

    3D Architectural Designer

    Matthew has 24 year’s experience creating imagery and models for design, marketing and new media.

    Matthew is an active proponent of open source software and uses Blender and Luxrender as primary tools for design and visualisation.

    Interests include field archery, baking bread and complex fluid dynamic systems.

  • Flo Holden-Parker

    Flo Kentish

    Interior Designer

    Flo is our interior designer who has an amazing natural flair for coming up with imaginative fun ideas for personalised designs that bring our client’s tree houses to life.

    She is a country girl at heart with a passion for travel, adventure and the outdoors… and would love to live in a Blue Forest tree house one day!

  • Shar Maytum

    Shar Maytum

    Office Manager

    Shar & her bubbly personality are the glue that binds us all together & maintains the smooth running of all company operations.

    Out of the office, Shar has a love for discovering new countries and cultures, combining her two passions, the love of good food and spending time with friends and family.

  • Ian Collins

    Ian Collins


    Ian has been working in Accountancy for over 40 years and brings to the Blue Forest team a wealth of experience.

    Ian is happily married and his hobbies include singing, history and family research.

    Ian has been a member of the London Bach Choir for over 20 years and has traveled to China, South Africa and other faraway places.

  • Perry

    Office Dog

    Perry has been with Blue Forest since he was a puppy. He is a valued member of the team and his main role is to ensure that all staff members are greeted at the door each morning, and should they need it, he will gladly escort them on a walk in the fields!

    In his spare time, Perry loves to beg for food, sleep and generally lounge about the office.

  • Charlie Kitchenham

    Contracts Manager

    Charlie joins our team with nearly ten years of project management experience. Working closely with the Blue Forest Design Team and Directors, he ensures each project is delivered to our exacting standards on time and to budget.

    Outside of work he spends his spare time exploring the Kent and Sussex countryside with his wife and two dogs. He also enjoys watching live motorsports with friends either in the UK or abroad.


  • Becky Marshall

    Architectural Assistant

    Becky is our treehouse designer and the latest member to join the team. Previously graduating from the University of Brighton with a degree in Interior Architecture she is an enthusiastic individual, bringing a fun and creative approach to projects.

    Out of work Becky is enjoying learning woodwork, currently making bespoke cups and plates.

  • Barry McGowan

    Barry McGowan

    Architectural Assistant

    Barry graduated from his master’s degree in Queen’s University Belfast and is currently studying towards his Part 3 qualification. He has vast knowledge and experience in all design stages, although his personal focus is within the detailed technical design of a project as he believes that it is essential that every joint in a design is carefully considered.

    Outside the office Barry enjoys cycling, cooking, photography and strolling the length and breadth of cities, particularly new destinations, recording and drawing as he goes.

  • Sophie Nightingale

    Structural Engineer

    Sophie has a degree in Civil and Architectural Engineering from the University of Bath and has experience working in conservation of historic buildings. As part of the Blue Forest design team, her main job is to make sure the tree houses won’t collapse! She is also particularly interested in interior design and sustainability of her projects.

    Outside of the office, Sophie can be found on stage singing and tap dancing or practising yoga.

  • Caryn Mitten

    Caryn Mitten

    Admin Assistant

    Caryn is our Admin Assistant, responsible for all general administration duties within the office. Since starting at Blue Forest, she has found that one very important task is ensuring the coffee machine is always stocked with the fabulous roasted coffee beans.

    Originally from South Africa, Caryn and her family moved to the UK a few years ago. They spend their time exploring the beautiful English countryside, visiting historic sites and indulging in cream teas whenever possible.