The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is increasing its team with two new hires to the newly created roles of technical horticulture manager and public affairs and policy manager.
Wayne Brough joins on 18 January as technical horticulture manager, bringing with him considerable experience in ornamental horticulture built up over 11 years at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board and previously at the Agricultural Development Advisory Service. In the new role, Wayne will take over responsibility for managing OHAS and a range of other technical services, allowing horticulture manager Pippa Greenwood to focus on member engagement.
The HTA says it intends to re-establish its technical committee to make a major contribution towards assisting its grower members and the wider industry for sustainability and plant health issues.
David Lydiat, who has a background in parliament and political campaigning, will start on 31 January as the new public affairs and policy manager. He will help increase the HTA’s voice into government and develop the organisation’s policy campaigns.
James Barnes, chairman of the HTA, says: “As we continue to develop and enhance the value members gain from HTA membership, increasing our capabilities and expertise is key. We are committed to delivering the best offer possible to our entire membership and the recruitment of Wayne and David brings essential skills and experience to the HTA team that is central to fulfilling that commitment.”