Specialists in Independent School Grounds Maintenance

For over thirty years, the BGM team has worked with bursars nationwide; managing, maintaining and advising on school grounds and estates. So we fully understand the level of service required, offering a flexible, low maintenance relationship with clear benefits and a keen eye on the aesthetics of each school’s environment.

Whether schools choose a full grounds maintenance service or just practical advice on areas such as benchmarking existing arrangements, sensible cost saving measures and developing the estate and sports facilities, BGM provide a friendly, professional and discreet service.

About the team

Bob Bailey
Founder and Managing Director

Bob Bailey’s experience and background is in advising Independent Schools throughout the country on their grounds, purchasing policies and recruitment issues throughout his career.

Bob has arranged either fully outsourced grounds management, benchmarking or solutions to staffing issues for many leading schools such as Wellington College, Benenden School, University of Reading and Gordon’s School.

Bob leads the BGM management team, who each head up a regional team of grounds staff.

Billy Blackford
Grounds Manager

Billy Blackford, Deputy Head of Grounds at Benenden, began his career 15 years ago as a self-employed gardener.

His expertise spans various forms of gardening and grounds maintenance, progressing into sports turf maintenance.

Passionate about commercial grounds maintenance, his 8-year tenure at BGM showcases a commitment to delivering precise and caring services on a large scale.

Lee Keeler
Grounds Manager

Currently Head of Grounds and Gardens at Benenden School in Kent with 18 years School Grounds management experience.

Previously from an agricultural engineering and greenkeeping background and has great experience in Hard and Soft Landscaping.

Managing and leading a team in all aspects of groundsmanship.

Andrew Lewis
Grounds Manager

As well as offering technical advice on all aspects of sports surfaces, Andy manages the daily sports operations for a portfolio of schools receiving fully outsourced grounds management.

With a practical and down to earth approach, Andy has a rare ability to demystify groundsmanship.

Commencing his career as a groundsman at the Lensbury Club, Andy was head groundsman then Director of Grounds at Epsom College for ten years.

BGM Service Overview

We fully understand the level of service required, offering a flexible, low maintenance relationship with clear benefits and a keen eye on the aesthetics of each school’s environment. Whether schools choose a full grounds maintenance service or just practical advice on areas such as benchmarking existing arrangements, sensible cost saving measures and developing the estate and sports facilities, BGM provide a friendly, professional and discreet service.

We also offer expertise and guidance on staffing issues, temporary staffing support and advice on key grounds-specific purchases.

Grounds Management

Full Grounds Management Services, including sports fields & facilities, gardens & parkland.

Staff & Equipment

BGM employ and manage the grounds management teams, purchase all  materials, as well as procuring and maintaining all equipment required. We can also help with temporary staffing issues or recruitment.

Advice & Support

Bob Bailey can undertake benchmarking or cost cutting exercises and often sits on school recruitment panels .

Contact BGM

Contact us for advice or more information.