As vice president of the HTA and a member of the HTA Board she helps guide the work of the association.
The HTA said her knowledge and insights also come from her involvement in other aspects of the industry – whether on the Board of HDC helping growers, on the HTA's training and careers committee and retail management group or in helping individual businesses in the industry to unlock their own commercial potential.
HTA President Caroline Owen said: "Carol provides a huge and selfless contribution to our industry. She is a fabulous example of someone who puts a huge amount back into the industry, not just focusing on their own business ambitions, and I believe she is an inspiration for the rest of us. The Medal is awarded annually to someone who has made a contribution to the industry way above and beyond the ordinary, and I can think of no finer winner."
The HTA Charles Pearson Medal has been awarded on an annual basis since it was instigated in 1930 in memory of the HTA’s first General Secretary, Charles Pearson. Paris is only the seventh woman to receive the medal. Previous female recipients include: Miss A K Wheeler, Mrs E Lewis, Miss M Scott, Baroness Trumpington, Mrs M Roe and Penny Worner.