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About John O’Conner

Founded in 1969, John O’Conner is a privately owned grounds maintenance company that keeps people at its heart. We are dedicated to the continuous development of each and every employee, and that commitment is reflected by the high quality services we deliver to our clients.

Operating throughout the UK, we provide extensive grounds maintenance and landscaping services to both public and private sectors.

Our talented landscapers always have the opportunity to take advantage of a range of structured vocational courses, training programmes, support and guidance to help them develop their skills even further. And as founding members of the National Contractor’s Forum – dedicated to addressing the skills gap in our industry – we have further demonstrated our devotion to the growth and continuous improvement of our employees.

We value an open forum for clients; if you need to speak to anyone in our company – from management personnel and directors, to the managing director or even the chairman – just pick up the phone or come and visit our head office. We are happy to provide any information you require about our diverse range of services, so get in touch with us today.

John O’Conner is a ‘large as life’ person who still shapes the vision of the company.

Originally from a farming background in Surrey, he moved to Essex at the age of 18 and joined what was then the GPO, training as a telephone engineer.

After relocating to Stevenage as a newly-married man in 1961, John started by doing gardening jobs in his spare time. On hearing that Bedford GPO used a contractor for grass-cutting, John submitted his own bid, and secured his very first commercial contract.

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Just some of our team

John O’Conner Chairman

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John O’Conner


John O’Conner is a ‘large as life’ person who still shapes the vision of the company. John founded the company in 1969 after eight years of providing gardening jobs in his spare time.

Due to his enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to delivering exceptional quality, John won more grounds maintenance contracts and the business grew steadily. In 1973, John employed his first member of staff and he continued to recruit additional personnel to meet the needs of his growing client base.

Matt O’Conner Managing Director

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Matt O’Conner


Matt has a wealth of experience gained within the industry, working closely with all major partners, clients and staff. After graduating with a degree in horticulture, Matt progressed through a range of operational roles, before being appointed managing director in 2007.

Matt is focused on constant innovation within the industry and is a National Apprentice Ambassador. He has been recently appointed the chairman for BALI for 2018.

Neil Cain Operations Director

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Neil Cain


Neil has a long and experienced history in the horticulture industry dating back to 1980 when he joined the Sunderland City Council apprenticeship scheme. He joined John O’Conner in 2008 and has nearly 40 years’ experience of grounds maintenance, arboriculture and landscape experience.

Along with Matt, Neil is a National Apprentice Ambassador and National Apprenticeship Service Apprentice Champion for the year 2016. He is also a judge for both Keep Britain Tidy Blue Flag (international award for beaches) & Green Flag (parks and open spaces).

Nikki Singh-Barmi Strategic Director

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Nikki Singh-Barmi


Nikki joined John O’Conner in 2017 after a successful career in service delivery, most recently driving operational excellence at board level for 10 years with a national service provider. He has proven history of developing award winning and industry first systems and processes, and is a key individual to our strategy of continued development.

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