When the HTA announced that Raoul Curtis-Machin is to leave at the end of June, it indicated that it was recruiting to strengthen its policy and horticultural teams.
While there has been no announcement yet about the replacement of Raoul or Chris Pateman, the short lived chairman who left in March, the HTA has named two new appointments.
Sally Cullimore has joined as policy executive and will report to Alex Vick, who is senior executive director and finance director.
Sally has many years of experience in the grower sector. After completing her studies at Pershore College, she spent time at Ball Colegrave and the Newey Group in sales and marketing roles. She has a strong interest in the political landscape surrounding horticulture and will support the lobbying and policy campaigns that the HTA is involved in.
Alistair Yeomans joins as Horticulture Manager in August reporting to OPs director, Martin Simmons.
With a BSc in Horticulture, a qualification in arboriculture from Harvard and an MSc in Forestry, Alistair brings wide experience in ornamental and amenity horticulture including farm management in Portugal, ornamental production in the UK and research work in connection with the University of Oxford. Alistair brings enthusiasm and knowledge of plant health, biosecurity, nursery operations and tree and forestry management and will be the HTA’s key contact for grower members, specialist grower committees along with BOPP and the Growing Media Association.
HTA President Adam Taylor said of the appointments, “They will help to strengthen both our lobbying and grower focused activity – helping to support the industry and ensure that the sector’s interests are well represented in the political arena.”
Both will be at next week’s National Plant and Nursery Supply Shows which take place on 19 and 20 June 2018 at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.
The HTA is in no rush to decide how best to fill the gaps left by Chris Pateman and Raoul Curtis-Machin, when he leaves, preferring to take time to get it right.