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.

Mathew O'Connor

Arboricultural Manager Wellington Region

Matt joined Bark in 2015 as an apprentice and worked his way up to a qualified arborist, team leader and now manages our Wellington tree team. He holds an Advanced National Certificate in Arboriculture and is experienced in pruning, rigging, utility line clearance and large scale removals. Matt is fascinated by what he continues to learn about trees and feels privileged to be able to care and maintain a number of heritage trees around the Wellington region. Matt’s ability to solve problems swiftly and professionally along with his people skills and his commitment to best practice in tree care, project management and customer service make him the perfect person to lead our Wellington Tree Team.

Shane Jones

Arboriculture and Projects Manager

Shane began his Arboriculture career in 2010 and has worked across a range of field based and management roles, holding a Level 4 Certificate in Arboriculture, and is certified as a Quantified Tree Risk Assessment provider. Joining Bark in 2019, he enjoys working alongside our team to deliver exceptional tree management to our clients. Also spending time as a landscaper, Shane oversees delivery of our projects in Auckland.