Our Maintenance Teams

From gardeners to horticultural experts, our staff are dedicated to the care of our cemeteries and memorials around the world. Find out what they have to say about working for the Commission.

Steve Arnold

Steve Arnold

Horticulture Manager, Western Europe Area 

Following in the footsteps of my grandfather, who joined the CWGC in 1946, and two uncles, I joined the Commission as a gardener in 1985. I’m now responsible for the safe and efficient delivery of the horticulture team in maintaining our cemeteries throughout France. I also head the exhumations and reburial service across WEA.

Scott Cumming

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Horticulture Manager, Western Europe Area

I joined the Commission in 1989 and have 35 years’ experience in horticulture. I am responsible for the safe and efficient delivery of the horticulture team in maintaining our cemeteries across Belgium, Germany, Poland and the Baltics.

Mark Davis

Mark Davis

Technical Supervisor, Plans and Support, United Kingdom and Northern Area

I started my career in horticulture in 1983 with the Nottingham City Parks Department. I joined the CWGC in 1990 as a Gardener Caretaker First Class in Belgium at Tyne Cot Group and spent 17 years there. I also worked in Germany as Senior Head Gardener and in Singapore as the Horticulture Training Officer before relocating back to Head Office. In my current role, I offer technical support and training to the 52 gardening staff and 10 Regional Supervisors.

Rebecca Dowling

Rebecca Dowling

Gardener Caretaker First Class, Brookwood Military Cemetery

I have worked for the Commission at Brookwood for nine years. I very much enjoy my job particularly talking to the public about the work we do. I also find the gardening itself rewarding as it helps create a setting for the headstones. Over the years, I have also had the chance to conduct guided tours at Brookwood and have been involved with public open days. I’m looking forward to being involved with our centenary garden at the Chelsea Flower Show this May.

Andy Fretwell

Andy Fretwell

Horticultural Manager, Mediterranean Area

I cover Italy, Greece, the Balkans, Israel and Palestine. I joined the Commission as a Gardener Caretaker First Class in Bapaume mobile group in 1987. I have subsequently held positions as Gardener Caretaker First Class Marseille, Head Gardener Ranville mobile group, Senior Head Gardener Vimy mobile group, Senior Head Gardener Armentieres mobile group, Horticultural Training Officer Egypt, Regional Supervisor Israel and Regional Manager Egypt.

Giuseppe Galvagno

Giuseppe Galvagno

Horticultural Supervisor for South Italy, Mediterranean Area

I have worked at the CWGC since 1990. During these 27 years I have worked in different places and covered different roles between the north, centre and south of Italy. I’m now based at Cassino War Cemetery as Horticultural Supervisor for South Italy. I am the third generation of gardeners working for the Commission. My father and my grandfather also worked for the Commission. I always feel motivated for new challenges. The experience I have gained so far from covering different roles has given me a greater acknowledgment for those who served their country.

Gareth Hardware

Gareth Hardware

Head of Horticulture, Western Europe Area

I am a Chartered Horticulturalist with more than 27 years’ experience in horticulture. I lead a team of 435 gardeners in maintaining 1,782 cemeteries across 10 countries.

Ibrahim Jaradah

Ibrahim Jaradah

Communications and Services Officer, Mediterranean Area

I started working at the Commission as an assistant in 2014 and in 2017 began working as a Communications and Services Officer in the Gaza Strip. What I like about my work is that we have a lot of visitors in our cemeteries and we have great integration with the local community. I am also happy to be working here as my father, my grandfather and my great grandfather did before. My family is very proud to work here for the fourth generation in a row.

Luca Magnabosco

Luca Magnabosco

Gardener, Asiago Group, Italy

I’ve been working for the CWGC for six years. I am the fourth generation of my family taking care of Asiago Cemetery. My great passion is the mountains where I developed my interest in flora and fauna. I'm also a snowboard instructor - it's my favourite sport.

Paul Price

Paul Price

Manager, Asia Pacific, Africa, Asia, Pacific Area

I have worked at the CWGC since 1990. During these 27 years I have worked in Europe, the Middle East and I am now based in Singapore. It has been a worthwhile challenge working with so many different nationalities, languages, cultures and environments and an excellent experience.

Rabi Singh

Rabi Singh

Head Gardener, Delhi War Cemetery

I have been in this role since August 2014. The best part of my job is maintaining the cemetery for those soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the two world wars.

Steve Stewart

Steve Stewart

Regional Supervisor for the South West, United Kingdom and Northern Area

I have been with the Commission for two years having previously been in the British Army for nearly 30 years. I look after more than 1,200 sites, many are scattered plots situated in cemeteries and churchyards, the largest of which has more than 1,000 graves. I have a team of three. I love the fact that I am making sure all of the servicemen and women who gave their all are commemorated and remembered. I also like meeting the different people who take an interest in the work we do and meeting ex-servicemen.

Perumal Venkatraman

Perumal Venkatraman

Head Gardener, Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India

I have worked at the CWGC since 1991. I like supervising, machine handling, gardening and all other works for the cemetery. Working for the CWGC has been an excellent experience for me.

Pascal Wostyn

Pascal Wostyn

Head Gardener, Tyne Cot Cemetery

I have been with the CWGC since 1998, working at several cemeteries around Ypres Salient. I am now based in Passchendaele at Tyne Cot Cemetery. My friends Dirk Derycke, Stephane Mortier, John Gilliland and I maintain this beautiful cemetery with heart and soul. Every day is a challenge to do a great job and it’s a pleasure to welcome so many visitors. For me, it’s a big privilege to do this job and help to remember the soldiers who fought for our country.