David Morley and Dennis Espley take roles at Clifton Nurseries

Gavin Jones has appointed David Morley as retail director and Dennis Espley as non-executive director to develop its Clifton Nurseries operations.

Morley has 29 years’ experience with the John Lewis Partnership followed by 18 months as RHS director of gardens, shows and retail.
He will develop plans for the integration of Cliftons’ retail, catering and events services with that which are offered at Gavin Jones Garden Centre and HQ located near Weybridge, Surrey. Matthew Wilson previously ran Clifton, a Maida Vale garden centre and base for garden design operations, which was founded in 1851.
Espley was Squires managing director until his retirement in 2016. He said "I'm looking forward to involvement in something very different from mainstream garden centres, in location, range and customer profile."

Managing director Will Clark said: "These appointments reflect the commitment from Gavin Jones to re-establish Clifton’s at the forefront of the sector. As a long-established horticultural brand, our aim is to ensure that we are inspiring clients with our service, knowledge and retail offering and become known as the benchmark for customer satisfaction and quality."
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