Hillier appoints group horticulture buyer among new appointments to senior team

Hillier Nurseries and Garden Centres has made a number of new senior appointments to its garden centre head office team.

Rob Grayson has been promoted as the new head of purchasing. He was previously plant category manager at Hillier and, prior to that, having worked in various roles on Hillier’s Nurseries.

George Hillier has taken up a new position as head of property. He will have responsibility for all Hillier property across the entire estate, including maintenance and developments in garden centres, nurseries and domestic property, as well as the management of all concession partnerships.

One example of the company’s ongoing investment in the future of the business nearing completion is a 20,000 sqft extension at the Eastbourne Garden Centre. Due to open by the end of May, it will allow room for five additional concessions on the site.

Mark Bosworth replaces George Hillier as area manager, having previously been centre manager at Horsham. He will now oversee half the Hillier portfolio of garden centres.

Completing the new senior line-up is Richard Egerton, who will join Hillier as the new group horticultural buyer. He will be responsible for purchasing all horticultural products for Hillier Garden Centres and Wholesale Nursery divisions.

Of the new appointments, Chris Francis, Hillier Garden Centres & Wholesale Nurseries director, said: "We are really pleased with the new appointments to our senior team. There are a number of internal promotions, a great proof of our success at developing people within Hillier, as well as the addition of one of the top people in the industry. We are confident the new senior team members will continue what has already been a strong start to the year and are very excited for the future."

Meanwhile, Hillier 's centrepiece 12m high x 4m long spring sculpture for its RHS Chelsea Flower Show Sarah Eberle-designed garden 2017 has been completed by Fordingbridge, who are also working at the Eastbourne centre.

Meanwhile, Daphne ‘Jacqueline Postill’ from Hillier Nurseries is now available in limited quantities. 
Daphne ‘Jacqueline Postill’, raised by Hillier nurseries propagator and plant hunter Alan Postill, is not always widely available.

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