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Meet The Team

We like to think of ourselves as a collective of passionate individuals who come together as a team to embrace our shared vision in landscape design.  For a little insight on each of us see below.

 

Patricia Fox

Managing Director & Founder

Award winning exterior designer MSGD / MBALI

Initially trained as a fashion designer, establishing a boutique design consultancy working alongside High Street retailers to source, design and develop high end cosmetic and confectionery products.

Bringing up her family in a rural landscape fuelled Patricia’s desire to hone her eye for design excellence into the horticultural arena, prompting her to study Landscape & Garden Design degree level at Writtle College.

In 2004 Patricia set up her landscape and garden design company Aralia and has been working on commissions from compact urban gardens to large country estates, in Britain and abroad. From 2009 Patricia started designing innovative award-winning gardens and is a critically acclaimed double Silver Medallist at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and a multiple winner of the BALI Landscape Design Excellence Award.

When not designing gardens, Patricia is an active commentator and writer, fulfilling many requests to share her expertise with commercial, media and charitable organisations.

 

Alastair Henderson

Associate

BSc (Hons) Landscape and Garden Design

Alastair’s enthusiasm and drive for designing gardens, stems from a deep understanding and appreciation of plants in their natural environments. Initially studying horticulture, he then further honed his skills at Writtle School of Design, gaining 1st class honours in Landscape and Garden Design. He was awarded a bursary to fund travel to New York to study Urban Public Realms including the Highline.

Alongside his conceptual design development, Alastair advanced his practical knowledge and expertise working at the top end of the horticultural sector helping to construct and maintain commercial and residential schemes. Alastair is now an integral part of the design team here at Aralia; he is skilled in visualisation and 3D design and also has a passion for planting.

 

Alex Jobber

Landscape Architect

BSc (Hons) Landscape Architecture

Alex has a strong background in horticulture and a keen eye for design, previously completing a foundation degree in Garden Design Alex went on to work for the Royal Horticultural Society for over 5 years, where he not only gained vital management and horticultural experience but also completed the RHS Advanced Level 3 Certificate in Horticulture. Alex’s ambition to took him back to Writtle College where he studied Landscape Architecture. He’s now putting all his experience into practice and loves working with clients to create beautiful one-off spaces. His personal interest in the broader landscape draw him to larger scale projects that aim to reinvigorate the natural ecology through well-considered planting schemes.

 

Robert Thrussell-Evans

Assistant Landscape Architect

BSc (Hons) Landscape Architecture

Robert’s journey has led him to where he is today through his natural love and desire to design, anything and everything. His passion for landscape design stems from working alongside his father in the garden, which ultimately led him to completing the BSc (Hons) degree in Landscape Architecture at Writtle School of Design. From here he spent several years gaining valuable skills and experience on the practical & design front, in a variety of companies and locations worldwide. Robert brings a fresh approach to Aralia, his love of ‘rustoration’ – taking the essence of an old landscape and reinventing it, whilst retaining the essence of its history –  will contribute to the diversity of the design team.

 

Matilde Jézéquel

Assistant Landscape Architect

MA Landscape Architecture

Matilde’s interest in landscape and art lies at the root of her degree in Landscape Architecture from Lisbon University. In order to improve her knowledge, she joined a student exchange program in France (Angers), where she deepened issues related to landscape planning and promotion of natural landscapes, which proved an invaluable contribution to the completion of her master’s thesis about the hedgerows in Douro International Natural Park. In addition to her studies, Matilde has sought to expand her practical skills in the fields of botany and environment conservation, having worked as a guide at the Ajuda Botanical Garden and as a volunteer in environmental associations, studying areas such as permaculture, sustainability and native plants.

 

Keith Fox

Financial Controller (BSc / MSc Chemical Engineering)

With over 40 years of business experience Keith brings a wealth of financial expertise and business acumen to Aralia. Originally graduating from University with an MSc in Chemical Engineering, Keith has subsequently worked in various roles including cost accountant and operations director for a range of companies from Estee Lauder/Revlon/Max Factor to Marks and Spencer’s and Mars. Most recently his role has been managing director at a hugely successful manufacturing company based in London. Keith now heads up the financial and HR department here at Aralia, ensuring long term financial strategies and systems are on track for the company.

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