Carol Paris, Mark Camley and John Hall to lead Horticulture Week Business Awards judging panels

Horticulture Week is delighted to announce that Carol Paris, Mark Camley and John Hall are each to lead one of three sector judging panels for the 2019 Horticulture Week Business Awards.

Paris, former HTA chief executive and now CEO of retail franchise Somerton will chair the Garden Retail Business categories judging panel alongside a team of retail industry experts.

Camley, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park executive director for parks and venues, will chair the Landscape Business sector panel alongside a team of landscape industry experts.

Finally, Hall, an independent consultant with a wealth of experience in horticulture production will chair the Production Business sector panel alongside an expert team.

The three judging panels will meet in April to judge the entrants to this year’s awards which are currently open for entry.  The deadline for entries is 15 March 2019. 


The goal of the pan-industry Horticulture Week Business Awards is to honour the outstanding achievements of businesses operating in production, garden retail, landscape contracting, arboriculture and more - and to ensure those achievements are recognised by the industry’s customers, clients and stakeholders.

Winners will be announced on Thursday 27 June 2019 when the Horticulture Week Business Awards return to the London Marriott Grosvenor Square for the biggest pan-industry celebration of the UK horticulture industry.

The event is the starting point for a year-round package of business benefits for winners including:

  • A year-round programme of editorial coverage and social media promoting award winners to Horticulture Week’s 120,000+ monthly audience
  • A permanent place on Horticulture Week’s online Business Leaders Gallery ensuring lasting recognition for winner's achievements.
  • Exclusive networking invite to Horticulture Week’s Business Leaders Round Tables through the year.
  • NEW In addition this year all shortlisted entrants will benefit from having a summary of their shortlisted entry published.

Retail Business Categories panel chairs 

Having started her career in high street retailing with roles at Harrods and Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Carol Paris joined Cadbury Garden Centre as retail director in 1998. She went on to become Garden & Leisure Group operations director before joinging HTA as director general in August 2012. In 2018, she became CEO of Somerton, a garden centre franchise business.

Landscape Business Categories panel chair

As director of park operations for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Mark Camley developed the park to provide an Olympic legacy for London, leading the design of the Southern parklands and public realm creations. Prior to his appointment he was chief executive of Royal Parks where he was responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation.

Production Business Categories panel chair

Since starting John Hall Consulting in 1999, John Hall has worked with start-ups, partnerships, co-operatives, SMEs and the corporate sector. He brings a wealth of experience in the horticultural industry having been a founder, director and non-executive director of a commercial horticulture businesses in both the ornamental and fresh produce sectors. 

The deadline for entering the Horticulture Week Business Awards is 28th February. For more details go to:

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