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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 was a ‘large as life’ person who shaped 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 carrying out 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 Founder
1940 – 2020

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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.

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.

Ian Pitkin Contracts Director

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Ian Pitkin


Ian has been with John O’Conner for 27 years, with over 20 as a board member. Ian has wide knowledge of HR and procurement as well as extensive industry experience, the understanding of client needs and the practicalities ‘on the ground’.

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