HTA Vice President Stan Green of Growforth who chaired the final stages of an extensive selection process said “We are delighted that Carol Paris has accepted the role of Director General at the HTA. We had an excellent response to our advertising of this post earlier this year and Carol has been selected from a very strong shortlist. Carol is widely known and highly regarded across the industry through her work at Garden & Leisure Group and as a board member of the HDC (Horticultural Development Company) as well as through her involvement with the HTA over a number of years. Carol understands the challenges faced by the whole industry and the organisation itself and the HTA Board is confident that Carol will bring the necessary focus and energy that this important role requires”.
Carol Paris commented “I am thrilled that the HTA Board has asked me to lead the organisation through the next phase in its development. The garden industry makes a substantial contribution to the economy and the environment in the UK but is not immune from the challenges posed by the current global downturn. I look forward to working with the HTA Board and staff to ensure the HTA is in the best possible position to support its membership through this challenging period and drive renewed growth in the future”.
Carol Paris will take up her new role on 13 August 2012 but will be continuing on a reduced capacity with her role as Operations Director at Garden & Leisure. Carol has been with Garden & Leisure for nearly 15 years with responsibilities across operations, buying and HR. Carol’s earlier career included positions with The Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Harrods.
Stan Green assumes the role of acting HTA President and chair of the HTA Board, which Carol had previously occupied, ahead of the HTA AGM this autumn.
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The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is the trade association for the UK garden industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and service providers. The HTA was founded in 1899. Its key roles include: provision of advice-based services such as business improvement schemes, briefings and help lines; training, conferences and events for members; market information and research; promotions such as the National Garden Gift Voucher scheme; and working closely with government and the media to influence policy and projects