About Us

Water Gems is made up of an enthusiastic, diverse and hard-working team of people. Many have worked with Water Gems for a number of years and have built up an excellent range of skills and specialisms. We operate regular training and professional development courses for everyone which allows us to work on an ever widening range of projects. Please meet the team.

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Nick Benge

Director

Nick is the company director and founder of Water Gems and he heads up the water side of the business. He has a degree specialising in Ecology and a Masters in Aquaculture. He knows everything you ever needed to know about ponds.

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Annie Benge

Director

Director Annie deals with Water Gems’ administration and keeps the business running smoothly. She is also part of the brain-storming team. Her ideas are behind much of what we do from a business perspective.

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Heath Urquhart

Water Gems’ Landscape Architect, Heath joined the team from SRUC with a BSc in Garden and Greenspace Design and now creates our planting plans, designs gardens and oversees landscaping projects. Outside of his day job, Heath also finds time to volunteer with community based gardening projects and helps Binny Plants plan and build their RHS Chelsea stands.

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Nick Easterbrook

Nick Easterbrook is our water technician. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is brilliant at putting together filter and lining systems and the technical bits of pond building generally. He does a lot of our boat work and is a trained OASE technician, an approved Firestone EPDM installer and is ticketed for aquatic spraying.

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Struan Reid

Struan is our Landscape Manager and Head Foreman and oversees most of our landscaping work. Whether it’s a question about machines or materials, he’s always our go-to man for coming up with a solution. With a background working in Ireland on large sites, we’ve yet to see Struan get fazed by the scale of any of our jobs.

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Rachael Booth

Rachael joined the team to take charge of marketing and all things social media, as well as supporting Annie with administration tasks. She works closely with Heath, helping with landscaping enquiries and brings lots of enthusiasm, positivity and good ideas to the team.

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Stuart Booth

Stuart, a foreman on the water side, has a wonderful eye for water-based design and is our specialist in “informal” pond construction, streams and cascades. He has a degree in Interior and Environmental Design and an HND in Art and Design. He is also great in a digger, is a trained Firestone liner installer and ticketed for herbicide spraying.

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Rosie Gaiger

Rosie is a key member of our water team. She has a huge amount of experience in building, renovating and maintaining ponds and water features. Along with Nick Easterbrook she is part of our Health and Safety team, is a trained Firestone liner installer and ticketed for aquatic spraying.

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Kevin McKie

Kevin is a valuable member of the water team bringing a positive, intelligent approach to all his work. He has a particular facility for working with timber constructions, for example decks, boardwalks and garden bridges.

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Nigel Gray

Nigel is part of the landscaping team with several years of experience in the field. He is experienced in all types of landscaping work and in driving a digger, an invaluable skill for large projects. Nigel has a creative flare that matches his practical approach.

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Kenny Wright

With a background in stone masonry, Kenny has masses of ability with natural stone. He uses this, and his eye for detail, to create beautiful, technically difficult water features.

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Bruce Scott

Bruce works with us on projects on both the landscaping and water-based sides of the business, helping out wherever needed and is a trained Firestone liner installer. He is a cheerful, hard-working member of the team.

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Henry Anderson

Henry has an MSc in Offshore and Ocean Technology as well as a BSc in Geology plus experience of leading landscaping projects. He combines all this with hard work and a can do attitude so it is no surprise that he is rapidly becoming a key member of our landscaping team.

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Daniel Leigh

Daniel has a BSc in Geoscience from Edinburgh University and after that worked for some years as a tree surgeon before joining us. He is a positive, hard working member of our landscaping team and his skills greatly benefit whichever project he is working on.

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Lee Cockburn

Lee joined the team in 2020 with a background in farming and lots of experience in woodwork and fencing. Lee brings a calm, practical mind to his construction along with providing a detailed finishing touch

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Conor Rice

Conor has worked in the States on bio-engineering, wetland restoration and rainwater harvesting projects. He brings all this experience as well as a hard working ethos to the water based projects he works on with us.

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Archie Sanderson

Archie has a keen interest and academic background in all things horticultural. He is enthusiastic and positive and as a result is a valued member of our landscaping team, developing planting plans and carrying out plant based projects as well as working on garden construction.

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Craig Bruce

Craig has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and works as part of our water team. He has a calm, positive approach and an eye for design which prove invaluable on our water-based projects.

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Rob Chalonstone

Rob has a degree in Media Practice. He utilises skills developed whilst constructing sets at music festivals to improve the designs and construction of our water features and ponds.

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Ralph Chater

Ralph has a degree in Interactive Media. He is practical, positive and hard-working and uses these attributes to contribute to both our landscaping and water teams.

AWARDS

The quality and standard of our work has been recognised over the years by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) and we have won six awards since joining the association including the Grand Award in 2009. We also have two gold medals to our name for show gardens at Gardening Scotland.   Awards are an excellent way of showing our clients how well we do things but they are also a tremendous motivation for the people who work for, and with, Water Gems. Our aim is to carry out award standard work for all our clients.