GCA appoints new chief executive

Phil Slinger has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Garden Centre Association (GCA).

Phil Slinger takes up the role of GCA chief executive at the end of January - image: GCA
Phil Slinger takes up the role of GCA chief executive at the end of January - image: GCA

His first public appearance in the role occupied by Gillie Westwood (until the end of January 2012) is at the body’s January annual conference.

GCA Chairman, Dennis Espley, said:

"Gillie has had 13 successful years at the GCA’s helm and we’re indebted to her for her hard work. Phil will work with Gillie for a three week handover period, which will include the 2012 GCA conference at the Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire from January 23 until 25.

"Phil has a strong trade association background including the Institute of Healthcare Management, the Federation of Master Builders and the British Hardware Manufacturers Association, with experience early in his career in retail.

"I would like to wish Gillie all the best for her retirement and to welcome Phil to the role. It was Phil’s enthusiasm, focus and experience in trade associations that secured him his appointment and we’re all looking forward to working with him. I hope lots of members come along to the conference to wish Gillie a fond farewell and to meet Phil."

The GCA 2012 Conference takes place from January 23 until 25 at the Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

For more information, please call Gillie at the GCA on 01993 871000, email Gillie@gca.org.uk or visit www.gca.org.uk.

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