HTA announcement of pick between horticulture industry figure and outsider imminent

The long-running delay of the announcement of the new Horticultural Trades Association director general is set for this week, with the HTA believed to have made a decision between a horticulture industry candidate and an external interviewee.

Three weeks after the HTA board chose between the final two, details seem to have finally been sorted out and a name is expected to be released on or around 1 August.

The role for the successful candidate will be over the course of an initial year contract to focus on working with other organisations to pull the industry together.

Some 60 candidates from a range of fields ranging from close to the HTA to unlinked industries applied for the role which David Gwyther vacated in November 2011.

The industry candidate is believed to be a known name but is not an internal candidate.

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