RHS sets aim for brighter 2010

RHS acting director general Gordon Seabright said he wants to "draw a line" under recent redundancies and look ahead to a brighter 2010.

The process in which 80 of the society's 800 staff have been made redundant is about to end, while the search for a new director general is underway.

Seabright said RHS Council members will appoint the new director general in the new year and refused to rule himself "in or out". The commercial director said he has been visiting RHS gardens and talking to staff, adding: "The restructure process is almost at an end. My job is to make sure everyone is focused and pulls together."

He revealed that the RHS lost more staff than expected, with most taking voluntary redundancy. "We have to carry out some recruitment. We've been through a tough process and a number of people have left, in the main through voluntary redundancy but it has been a very difficult period. We're just about able to draw a line now."


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