Five shortlisted for RHS retail, shows and garden role

The RHS is set to interview five people on 6 November for a director role replacing David Morley.

RHS Garden Wisley - image: RHS

The director of gardens, shows and retail at the RHS was a new role in 2014 and was filled by former John Lewis manager David Morley, who left in July 2015.

The role's brief is to "ensure members and customers receive a consistently high level of world class horticulture, excellent service delivery and inspiring product innovation wherever they are in the world of the RHS."

The selected person will have "responsibility for this extraordinary portfolio of activities across the Society's four (in the future to increase to five, then six) gardens, its high-profile shows, including the world's most prestigious garden event, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and extensive retail activities.
"This vibrant, customer-focused division has responsibility for the increasing success of world-class horticulture and visitor experiences at our gardens, shows, plant centres, shops, cafes and restaurants; these in turn generate further income to invest in RHS initiatives, including vital horticultural scientific research, our Campaign for School Gardening, more apprenticeships, the conservation of plants, botanical art and horticultural books, and community outreach work including Britain in Bloom.
"Candidates for this exceptional role must demonstrate significant strategic and operational experience at the most senior levels in complex large organisations, and will have held board-level roles covering both substantial operational portfolios as well as proven delivery in commercial and customer facing areas.
"Exceptional leadership skills will be required by this position, along with the ability to motivate, encourage and empower a high performing RHS team across the country. The salary is competitive with the market rate and commensurate with the seniority of the appointment."

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