In 2004, Kim and her British husband, Simon Morrish, purchased a well-established grounds maintenance company called Ground Control Ltd. They partnered with four of the company’s existing directors, who took a risk to invest in the business alongside the Morrishes. The company provides landscape maintenance, construction and design, fencing and other services for national or large regional clients in the retail, utilities and public sectors. Its customer list includes more than 31,000 commercial sites of organizations like Tesco, Anglian Water, Network Rail and even the Royal Mail.
Since 2009, Ground Control has grown from $15 million to $100 million in revenue and from 60 to 500 employees. As the company has grown, so too has Kim’s family — she is the proud mother of four children.
1. Best piece of advice you’ve been given
Be brave and be kind.
2. Worst piece of advice you’ve been given
Grin and bear it.
3. What would you tell your younger self?
Don’t sweat the small stuff – and it is all small stuff.
4. What excites you most about the future of your industry?
The opportunity to better protect and enhance nature and biodiversity.
5. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My children are my biggest inspiration. Becoming a mother forced me to think beyond just my life, my career and the things I cared about and to work towards creating a better future. Their openness, fairness, compassion and willingness to challenge have been deeply moving and inspirational to me.