She will take up her new role on 13 August 2012 but will be continuing on a reduced capacity with her role as operations director at Garden & Leisure. Carol has been with Garden & Leisure for nearly 15 years with responsibilities across operations, buying and HR. Carol’s earlier career included positions with The Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Harrods.
"I am thrilled that the HTA Board has asked me to lead the organisation through the next phase in its development. The garden industry makes a substantial contribution to the economy and the environment in the UK but is not immune from the challenges posed by the current global downturn.
"I look forward to working with the HTA Board and staff to ensure the HTA is in the best possible position to support its membership through this challenging period and drive renewed growth in the future".
HTA vice president Stan Green of Growforth who chaired the final stages of an extensive selection process said:
"Carol is widely known and highly regarded across the industry through her work at Garden & Leisure Group and as a board member of the HDC as well as through her involvement with the HTA over a number of years.
"Carol understands the challenges faced by the whole industry and the organisation itself and the HTA Board is confident that Carol will bring the necessary focus and energy that this important role requires".
Stan Green assumes the role of acting HTA president and chair of the HTA Board, which Carol had previously occupied, ahead of the HTA AGM this autumn.