HTA finance director Alex Vick and GIMA president Chris Ramsden also joined the board, while Caroline Owen from Scotsdales Garden Centres and David Norman from Abercorn Garden Centre stood down.
Mark Pearson, Ian Ashton and Adam Frost also left the board.
HTA president Adam Wigglesworth said: "We are delighted to welcome Adam, Alex and Chris to the Board. I would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to those board members who have stood down – HTA has been incredibly fortunate to have had such generous support."
Following the AGM there were presentations about Brexit and the changing political landscape from Mark Glover of Newington Communications and the impact that it potentially has on consumer behaviour from Josh McBain of the Foresight Factory. Speaking about the work that is being done to help raise awareness of horticulture through the All Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group (APPGHG), Glover encouraged all to help make the voice of horticulture heard by contacting your local MP directly. McBain spoke about the ‘power of precariousness’ amongst consumers with decline in trust in authority figures, worries about future financial security for the younger generation and continuing uncertainty all playing on people’s minds.
The morning concluded with a joint tree planting between the HTA (Carol Paris and Adam Wigglesworth) and GCA (Iain Wylie and Julian Winfield).