Briercliffe who is director general of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is the after dinner speaker on day one of the biennial conference which takes place on January 14-15.
Briercliffe will talk about ‘Greening Cities, Growing the Industry’, showing why the cities of the future must have plants centre stage, international examples of how it can be done and what growers need to do to make this happen.
Other confirmed speakers for the event at JCB Global Headquarters in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, include Guy Moreton from MorePeople and David Frost, the group human resources director at Produce World who will give advice on recruitment in the session entitled ‘People’.
Graham Spencer of Plants for Europe will talk on how growers exploit the opportunities that new plant varieties represent, whilst David Denny of the HTA will lead a session on how to develop trade based on the findings of the HDC project to export plants to 25 countries.
There will be a supplier and buyer discussion hosted by Wayne Eady, Delamore Young Plants, Tim Clapp, Adam Dunnett, Wyevale Plants, Charles Carr, Lowaters and Marcus Cousins of Aylett Nurseries where delegates will be able to pose their questions to industry experts.
Lewis Normand from Coblands Nurseries and Amanda Sizer Barrett from Gardenex will also speak.Sarah Mayne of ADAS has also joined the programme and will speak on crop protection.
Early bird rates end on 19 December. See www.contactconference.co.uk or click here.