Our team members are chosen for their positive ‘can do’ attitude, practical skills, expertise and friendly disposition.

It is our team’s passion and desire to take ownership of the gardens and landscapes entrusted to them that makes the difference. We encourage our people to take ownership of the properties entrusted to them, to ensure a consistently high standard of service and presentation.

All clients have a dedicated, multi-skilled team assigned to them. This approach means our people are empowered to make decisions and focus on individual client’s needs. Our clients get the best of both worlds, their own personal gardener, who can draw on a greater pool of resource and expertise.

Bark has one of the highest qualified teams of any major gardening company in the country, with 75% of our team having formal qualifications (a level of expertise well above the industry average) we bring a wealth of expertise to every job.


“A motto for us is: ‘We can do it – and just as importantly, we want to do it’. That’s the critical bit because it’s the way we deliver that service that counts”

Bark Director – Kerei Thompson

Our People

Meet our highly motivated and qualified team.

Kerei Thompson

Managing Director

Founding Bark in 1994, Kerei has overseen the successful expansion of the company across the county, a big portion of this expansion has been built on Barks reputation. Our reputation is driven by Kerei’s passion which is backed by our Bark teams unrelenting focus on delivering exceptional customer service. Today Kerei focuses on the company direction and quality assurance.

Andrew Jensen

Regional Manager

Wellington & Hawkes Bay

Having been part of the Bark team for over 17 years, Andrew has extensive knowledge of Barks operations and client expectations. He has a very clear view of what makes a difference to our clients and teams, when combined with his continual improvement mind-set, Andrew is well equipped to assist our clients and teams; ensuring Bark consistently delivers exceptional customer service and standards across the region.

Andrews’s hands on experience combined with his management expertise enables him to support our teams and clients effectively, ensuring our operations run efficiently both within the Wellington, Hawkes Bay region and across the country.

Rob Dunkely

Regional Manager

Auckland & Bay of Plenty

Rob has extensive experience covering golf course management, landscaping and grounds management. Rob brings significant skills and expertise in operational management, with a focus on delivering high standards on the ground and specifically customer relationships.

Robs operational experience ensures our teams across the region have the support and expertise to deliver the high standard they strive to achieve.

Cameron Mitchell

Wellington Arboricultural Manager

Cameron heads up our enthusiastic and talented arboricultural teams and operations in the greater Wellington region. Cameron has built up an extensive array of experience and expertise, gained in NZ and overseas that literally covers the spectrum of Arboricultural operations, from
large and technical tree removals to artistic pruning and consultancy. Cameron’s focus on finding the best solution for our clients and their trees is often commented on and certainly a key strength to our operations.

Cameron was elected to the NZ Arboricultural Association in 2014.

Matt Chapman

Auckland Arboricultural Manager

Matt gained hands on and management experience in the UK and NZ, including completing his tertiary Arboricultural qualifications in the UK. This collective experience and training combined with his passion for Arboriculture shows through in his customer service and leadership of our Auckland Arboricultural teams. This talented team undertakes the full range of Arboricultural operations.

Sandra Goudie

Bay of Plenty Team Manager

Sandra manages our day to day operations in the Bay of Plenty, working closely with our teams and clients. To ensure our operations run smoothly and we consistently meet our high expectations in service & standards. Sandra is well equipped to support both our clients and teams with her hands on knowledge including garden design; having completed a Diploma Landscape Design. Like many of our team; it is Sandra’s can do attitude that makes the
real difference.

Jeanette Blockley

Business Coordinator / Office Manager

Jeanette provides the vital business coordination and office management that enables our teams and managers to remain focused on our clients and service delivery. Jeanette coordinates
training, general business activities along with systems management including health and safety, financial administration and general office management.

Jeanette is well equipped for her role with her easy but efficient manner, business qualifications and accounting background along with general and business management experience.

Suzanna Taylor

Company Accountant

Suzanna has been a long standing member of the Bark team, her extremely efficient management and administration of the company’s finances provides security and confidence to our clients, suppliers and our team members.

Suzanna is a chartered account having gained experience working within NZ and overseas before settling back in NZ.