New APL chairman as Ken White steps down

Ken White has stepped down as chairman of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) because he is too busy running Frosts Landscape Construction.

Ken White introduced a three-year strategy to the APL

Vice chair Rod Winrow, managing director of Garden House Design, has taken over as chairman and APL committee member, The Garden Makers’ owner David Sewell, acting as vice chairman, until the November AGM when they will stand for election.

White, who is managing director of Frosts' landscaping arm, said work commitments prevented him from giving the time and attention that he wished to give to the APL. He took over from Landform Consultants' managing director Mark Gregory in November 2016.

He said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as chairman and wish the APL Committee and its members continued success".

APL general manager, Phil Tremayne added: "Ken’s dedication to the APL as a committee member, and particularly as its chairman, has been instrumental in the direction that the organisation has taken over the past couple of years. Ken’s business acumen enabled the APL to define a clear three-year strategy which has started to deliver significant benefits to membership."

He adds, "The creation of both the Business Development Programme and ‘TED Talk Style’ seminars were both initiatives that Ken pushed forward.  I would like to personally thank Ken for his commitment to APL and it has been a pleasure working with him."

Landscape companies, particularly those located in the South East of England, are currently reporting a very busy order book.

Frosts Landscape Construction is a £14.3m-turnover company ranked joint 16th in the Horticulture Week Top 50 Landscape Contractors listing

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