Meet The Team Team - Jonathan Ward

Monday 25th July 2022

How long have you worked for Holland & Holland and what is your role?

I joined Holland & Holland in September 2019 and it’s a great honour and privilege to head up the new and expanding gunroom at our beautiful Shooting Grounds in Northwood.

When and how did you get into shooting?

Both my late grandfather and father are both very keen game and clay shooters, so I believe I was following them around with a stick pretending to shoot from the age of seven. 

Do you have a favourite type of shooting?

I’m a competitive clay shooter, I love testing myself and in clay shooting there is no place to hide and your skills are always tested. Our Holland 100 event is a favourite of mine and is becoming increasingly popular month on month.

What has been your most memorable day of shooting?

Probably my first pheasant shoot, where I shot my first pheasant in front of my grandfather, who was back gunning with my father to my side at a beautiful shoot in Balcombe, West Sussex.

Is there anything left on your shooting bucket list?

I'd love to go dove shooting in Argentina. I’ve heard it presents doves for all abilities but overall it must be an exhilarating experience.

Do you have a favourite Game to eat and how would you cook it? 

I’m very partial to partridge - my mother does a delicious recipe in which she pan fries it with apples, garlic, brandy and cream. 

What makes you so passionate about Holland & Holland? 

I think it is the incredible range of first class services Holland & Holland have to offer. We are so lucky to have so many unique selling points like our indoor shooting cinema and a factory filled with the world's finest gunmakers. Being on the front line, it is my duty to bring our passion and commitment to every client's needs.

What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in your time with Holland & Holland 

The biggest change has been the recent acquisition of Holland & Holland by Beretta. For me personally it was a big change in the approach to how we sell guns at the Shooting Grounds - Beretta immediately invested in a new purpose-built gunroom, which caters for shooters at all stages in their shooting journey. 

If you could only pick one Holland & Holland gun to use, what would it be and why?

The 'Royal' Over and Under, but it would have to be the 'Royal Deluxe' as I’m sucker for lovely wood and our Acanthus engraved actions!