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Our creative team is made up of project managers, interior designers, structural engineers and architectural design specialists and we’re like one big happy family! We all share a love for the great outdoors, and we couldn’t be happier creating awe-inspiring structures that take your breath away.

Andy Payne - Founder & Managing Director Andy Payne - Founder & Managing Director
Andy Payne Founder & Managing Director
It all started with this man and his desire to bring adventure back into people’s lives. While Andy takes the lead on Blue Forest’s commercial projects, he’s still the driving force behind some of our most creative (craziest!) treehouse ideas. Andy loves to spend time with his family on his farm in Sussex, hosting BBQs and travelling. Fun fact: he’d rather have a smoky cup of Lapsang tea over an English Breakfast any day.
Simon Payne - Marketing Director Simon Payne - Marketing Director
Simon Payne Marketing Director
Simon was only supposed to be helping his brother Andy out for a few months. 14 years later he’s still here, so he must be enjoying himself! In the past, he’s worked on conservation and development projects in Kenya and Nicaragua and is known to chat away in Spanish when the occasion requires. When he’s not looking after our PR and Marketing, he can be found tinkering with new gadgets, camping in his beloved tree tent or spending time with his beautiful family and dog Moss.
Ben Lutyens - Operations Director Ben Lutyens - Operations Director
Ben Lutyens Operations Director
Ben has heaps of experience in timber frame construction, environmental engineering and project management. Ben is happiest spending time in the countryside with his wife and two boys. They are very keen campers and are the proud owners of the biggest tent we have ever seen. Ben also likes getting stuck into self-build projects, working with wood and natural materials.
Matthew Harwood - 3D Designer Matthew Harwood - 3D Designer
Matthew Harwood 3D Designer
Matthew creates photo-realistic 3D images, enabling clients to visualise what their treehouse will look like before it is built. You’d want him on your pub quiz team – he’s a knowledgeable chap and remembers all sorts of interesting facts. Matthew is an excellent cook and enjoys bread baking and foraging for ingredients with his daughters. Other interests include archery and complex fluid dynamic systems.
Flo Kentish - Interior Designer Flo Kentish - Interior Designer
Flo Kentish Interior Designer
Our talented Flo creates imaginative interior schemes that will bring your treehouse to life. Whether it’s a glamorous treetop bar you desire, or a woodland playhouse for your children, she’ll hand pick all the furniture, fittings and features. Although Flo loves to travel she is a country girl at heart, and in recent years, her and husband have been kept busy with their adorable baby boy.
Shar Maytum - Office Manager Shar Maytum - Office Manager
Shar Maytum Office Manager
Shar and her bubbly personality are the glue that holds us all together. Without her, we’re pretty sure we would have descended into chaos years ago. She keeps us organised and ensures the smooth running of all company operations. Shar has always got her next big trip planned, and along with her family has explored Thailand, Croatia and Italy in recent years.
Ian Collins - Bookkeeper Ian Collins - Bookkeeper
Ian Collins Bookkeeper
Ian is what we call a ‘good egg’. He’s always got a kind word or a smile to give. He looks after our accounts and makes sure our books are kept in order. Ian, a devoted husband, is married to a singing coach whom he met when he decided to start taking lessons. A member of the London Bach Choir for over 20 years, he’s performed in the most magnificent venues across the country.
Charlie Kitchenham - Project Manager Charlie Kitchenham - Project Manager
Charlie Kitchenham Project Manager
When Charlie’s not busy project managing our treehouse builds, he’s running about after his two girls. He’s the kind of cool Dad that can catch his toddler with one hand, while holding a burger in the other and keep his new-born sound asleep in the baby sling at the same time. Charlie likes watching live motorsports with his friends and exploring the countryside with his family and two dogs.
Becky Marshall - Designer Becky Marshall - Designer
Becky Marshall Designer
Our very own Angel from the North, Becky comes to us from Newcastle; bringing her imaginative design skills, attention to detail and fashion-forward style with her. With a degree in Interior Architecture from Brighton University, she uses her creativity to bring our client’s dreams to life. Becky loves to escape at the weekends by booking mini breaks and trips with her friends, staying in log cabins, glamping pods and lakeside retreats in the country – she likes to call it ‘research’ for her job.
Barry McGowan - Senior Designer Barry McGowan - Senior Designer
Barry McGowan Senior Designer
Barry has a wicked sense of humour and is always the first to crack a joke, keeping us all laughing. Barry has a Master’s in Architecture from Queen’s University Belfast and is currently studying towards his Part 3 qualification. He has a fine collection of knitted jumpers and has recently started getting into Yoga, following Sophie’s suggestion that he could be ‘really good at it’. His favourite biscuit is a chocolate hobnob.
Sophie Nightingale - Structural Engineer & Designer Sophie Nightingale - Structural Engineer & Designer
Sophie Nightingale Structural Engineer & Designer
Sophie is a smart cookie, with a degree in Civil and Architectural Engineering. She worked on fascinating historical and conservation projects before she came to us. As well as being a talented designer, her job is to make sure that our treehouses stay strong and sturdy. Sophie is a passionate eco-warrior, with her own reusable coffee mug that she takes around with her. She’s a talented performer and loves singing and tap-dancing.
David Woodward - Relationship & Support Manager David Woodward - Relationship & Support Manager
David Woodward Relationship & Support Manager
It’s the one and only, Mr. Woodward! This lovable, charming and slightly bonkers chap helps us to manage our RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibitions and our maintenance services. He’s always got a kind and encouraging word to say, and he has a wealth of experience in customer and stakeholder relationship management. He’s been known to try his hand at hang gliding and motorcycle racing, and loves a good walk in the countryside.
Caryn Mitten - Admin and Marketing Assistant Caryn Mitten - Admin and Marketing Assistant
Caryn Mitten Admin and Marketing Assistant
Goodness, where would we be without Caryn? She comes in with her beaming smile three times a week and no job is too big or too small. Caryn and her family moved to the UK from South Africa a few years ago and she enjoys discovering country gardens and historical heritage sites. Tell her where she can find a great Cream Tea and you’ll be her favourite person for life.
Moss, Perry and Perdy - Office Dogs Moss, Perry and Perdy - Office Dogs
Moss, Perry and Perdy Office Dogs
Moss, Perry & Perdy have been with Blue Forest since they were puppies. Their main role is to ensure that all staff members are greeted at the door each morning, and should they need it, they will gladly escort them on a walk in the fields! In their spare time, Perry loves to beg for food, Moss loves a walk and Perdy loves to chew things… and we mean anything that gets left lying around, including people’s shoes!
“Such a lovely team. We thoroughly enjoyed having them here.”
Peter Kelly
Buckinghamshire

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