HTA to appoint chairman in change to leadership structure

The HTA is to appoint a chairman for two days a week instead of a chief executive.

HTA House
HTA House

The chairman will be recruited from the industry and will work with the HTA executive board and directors.

Alex Vick is new executive director and runs HTA finance. The senior leadership team at the HTA comprises Vick,  HR director Anne Clark, operations director Martin Simmons, and horticulture director Raoul Curtis-Machin.

Former HTA chief executive Carol Paris left for family reasons in April. She is set to return to the horticulture industry in a senior garden retail role this autumn.

HTA president Adam Wigglesworth, who has been performing some of the chief executive's role, said: "The board of the HTA has decided that the interests of the members are best served by appointing a professional chairman. He or she will be able to give the time and energy to ensuring that the strategic objectives of the Association are being achieved. In addition, the board will be expecting the chair to represent the HTA at a senior level to Government and other stakeholders.

"The Executive Team, headed by Alex Vick, are specialists in their areas, and I have no doubt that the individual, whether from the industry or not, will quickly be able to get up to speed on the significant issues for the members."

"The board will now commence a selection process with the aim of employing the new chair in the next 6 months."

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next



This brilliant summer bedding plant has fan-shaped flowers that give it an elegant look, says Miranda Kimberley.

What the Taylor Review of employment practices means for garden retail

What the Taylor Review of employment practices means for garden retail

Garden centre owners have come down hard against zero-hours contracts following the release of "Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices".

Is garden centre pricing becoming more competitive?

Is garden centre pricing becoming more competitive?

Good sales this year appear to have masked the continuing pressure on pricing strategies this year as online offerings and exchange rates make their presence felt.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES

Our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. 

Garden Centre Prices

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world

Read more Peter Seabrook articles

Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation

Read latest articles