Head of marketing at Forest Garden, Vicky Nutall, was voted in as Garden Industry Manufacturers Association president, succeeding Nigel Thompson.
Steve Millington, sales director of Bosmere Products was voted to the post of vice president and Richard Pyrah from Kelkay has taken on the role of honorary secretary.
Andy Simmons of Pest Stop Products remains in the post of honorary treasurer.
In addition to the existing Council Members of: Nigel Thompson, Stewart Garden, Sarah Oates, Strata Products, Matt Jackson, Briers, Rainer Schubert, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. Chris Ramsden, Suttons Seeds and Richard Bence, Tenax UK, six new council members have been nominated to take on responsibilities of council membership representing the views of members. They are:
- Alan Sheppard, Burgon & Ball
- Tara Truman, William Sinclair Horticulture
- Colin Wetherley-Mein, VITAX
- Chris Holloway, Town & Country
- Rebecca Fairbairn, Westland Horticulture
- David Carey, Mr. Fothergill’s Seeds
Nuttall said in addition to existing events such as the GIMA awards, day conferences and its charity golf day, GIMA will also be adding meet-the-buyer days to their calendar of events.
GIMA director Neil Gow added that collaboration with RHS, GCA and HTA was continuing ahead of the launch of a joint consumer garden marketing campaign in 2014.
Membership fees have been frozen for a fifth successive year, and a break-even financial position is budgeted for the current operating year after relocation of the office facilities to Gardenex offices in Kent.