Three Garden Centre Association inspectors to leave

Garden Centre Association (GCA) inspectors Alyson Haywood, Andy Campbell and Ian Boardman are standing down from their roles at the organisation this year (2016).

Ian Boardman
Ian Boardman

Haywood is taking on an operational post with Van Hage after a year as an inspector, Campbell wishes to spend less time away from home and more time with his family after 12 years duty and Boardman is going forward to work on other projects after 17 years inspecting. Roger Crookes will continue as a GCA inspector.


GCA chief executive Iain Wylie said: "We’re really sorry to see these three widely respected industry experts go, but completely understand their individual decisions to step down at this stage and wish them all the very best with their new ventures.


"They have all been a pleasure to work with and an integral part of the organisation. They will be missed and I’d like to thank them for all their hard work and commitment.


"We’ve begun the task to look for replacements and we’re very happy to speak to people interested in the posts from all areas of the industry. Anyone keen to find out more about the role should contact me via email or phone at the GCA before we start the recruitment process in earnest so we can ensure they get full details sent out to them.


"We view this very much as an opportunity to re-fresh our team of GCA inspectors and we’re seeing this as a positive situation moving forward, although of course we’re very sad to see Alyson, Andy and Ian go."

Boardman said:"There can’t be many more industries where members are so open about sharing information to help each other improve. It’s been a privilege to work for GCA for some 17 years – helping develop the inspection process and developing member businesses. It’s hard work and very intense for 3-4 months each spring. I’ve worked with a great team of inspectors – and a great team at GCA. So huge thanks to all involved. I look forward to hearing how the new inspection team develops the process even further and wish them every success."

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