Mike Burks to take over as GCA Chairman for 2020/21

by | Jan 27, 2020 | Associations, News | 0 comments

Mike Burks

Mike Burks will take over as GCA Chairman for 2020/21 at the start of the organisation’s annual conference.

Mike, MD of The Gardens Group, will take the reins from outgoing Chairman, Mike Lind.
 
He said: “I’m looking forward to my chairmanship and am lucky that the GCA has been in excellent hands with Mike Lind.
 
“With the association in such good shape, I can focus much of my time on driving forward with new initiatives. I plan to visit many garden centres, attend meetings and work with the team to develop GROW. I want to make sure our members can get the most out of this valuable system.
 
“I’m keen to show the role that the industry can play in protecting the environment. It can also bringing people together through plants and gardening to promote better health and wellbeing.
 
“We are in an enviable position. So many trends and needs of the modern world cross our path. We need to work together to make the most of these opportunities.”
 
The Chairman of the GCA works with the GCA Executive and full Board of elected directors.
 
Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “I am thrilled to have Mike as the new Chairman. I congratulate him on his election win.
 
“I’m looking forward to working with him when he takes on the role. He has already helped with organising the conference, which will be bigger and better than ever.”
 
Mike has been on the GCA Executive Committee for more than 10 years.
 
He has also played a part in the creation and delivery of the GCA’s Garden Retail Online Workshops (GROW).
 
Graduating with an honours degree in Horticulture, Mike and his wife Louise founded The Gardens Group in 1987. It opened Castle Gardens in Sherborne. It has since expanded with the opening of Brimsmore Gardens and Poundbury Gardens.
 
Mike follows in the footsteps of his brother Peter Burks, who was GCA Chairman from 2012 until 2014.

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