Meet the team
Jack Ingleby: Head of Operations
Jack was brought up on Aswanley where, as a child he helped his father with their flock of 800 sheep and 250 head of beef cattle, driving machinery at any opportunity. A natural mechanic, he took an Engineering and Business degree at Oxford Brookes University and went on to work for rally teams including Prodrive and Tuthills Porsche before recently taking over the reins at Aswanley. We keep a lot of balls in the air … the farm, the holiday cottages, and events. Farming has changed so much. We used to look after 250 cattle in The Steading, now we look after 250 wedding guests! We love it when we hear what a great time guests have had at Aswanley. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
Lauren is the first point of contact for Aswanley clients. Born and bred in Aberdeen, Lauren has a Law degree from Edinburgh University – so problem-solving is her strong suit. A natural, but easy going, organiser she previously worked as a holiday advisor in large family hotels in Tenerife, Lapland, and Kos but always wanted to plan and co-ordinate weddings. The most important thing is that the bride and groom have a fantastic day. It’s too easy to start to stress about the small details and that is where I come in. I can offer advice throughout the wedding planning process – if you need it – as well as being on hand to ensure everything is in place on your day.’
“Al”, as he is known by everyone, is Aswanley’s “hands-on” farm manager and jack of all trades. Al helps plan farm operations with Jack and handles everything from tree felling to building repairs. Al has worked on farms in New Zealand, managed a hunting lodge in Canada and run his own woodland management business. “What we do here is more than farming in the traditional sense”, says Al. “We are really managing land and buildings to maximum effect.”
Long-time Aswanley stalwart Sandy handles the livestock side of the farming. He can often be seen out late at night with his wife Carol ensuring the flock are in great shape. His shepherding skills are second to none. We have 350 breeding ewes, which lamb outdoors in May – similar to the New Zealand system – and are ready to go to market in the autumn.
Pam came to Aswanley from Ireland after marrying Tom Ingleby in 1970. They transformed the crumbling farm-house into an elegant family home and in 2005 set about restoring the steading as a wedding venue. A professional picture restorer, her artistic eye created the gardens and landscape which form the unique backdrop to Aswanley weddings. She takes great pleasure in showing couples around the grounds and seeing them celebrate their day at Aswanley. Now sadly widowed she remains eternally optimistic. Never a dull moment! I love the fact that what Tom and I began has been picked up by the next generation and taken in new directions we probably couldn’t imagine.