People on the Move

Flower Council of Holland appoint new M.D.

Dennis van der Lubbe (49) will be joining the Flower Council of Holland (FCH) as Managing Director with effect from March 1st, 2018. He will also be joining the board.

Following his MBA and marketing training, Dennis gained extensive work experience with both well-known Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies and organisations in the marketing field. Through a combined effort with the team at FCH, he will bring further shape and structure to the strategic framework.

Chair of the Board Boy van Droffelaar says: “The board has confidence that FCH can enter a new phase under Dennis’s leadership.” Departing Manager Marc Eijsackers will complete the handover to Dennis during March.


Phil Griffiths Promotion at Desch Plantpak

Phil Griffiths has been appointed Sales Manager for the U.K. & Ireland at Desch Plantpak Ltd.

Phil joined Desch Plantpak in September 2016 and has been responsible for the North West area. He brings to the role extensive business experience within the industry with more than 10 years as Sales & Marketing Manager with R.A. Meredith (Nurseries) Ltd and a similar period as Managing Director of Floramedia UK Ltd (plant & garden marketing support).


Responsibility for UK Sales

Phil will be responsible for the UK Area Sales Managers and will continue to report to Chris Clarke (UK Managing Director) for the coming months. The intention is that the reporting structure of the UK Sales Team will be integrated into the European business and during the coming year Phil will report to Wouter Zieck, Director Sales & Marketing.



Glendale appoint Sales & Marketing Director

Glendale Horticulture is pleased to announce the appointment of Kersten Catella as Sales & Marketing Director.

Kersten joined the company on 30th October 2017 and holds a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of South Africa. She was previously a General Manager with the Newey Group.

Kersten is a committee member of the British Ornamental Plants Association and sits on the Horticulture board of the NFU. She joins Glendale Horticulture to lead the sales team and marketing department, bringing with her extensive product development experience.

Passion for Horticulture

Tony Hewitt, Chairman of the Glendale Group of Companies commented " Kersten has a passion for horticulture and with her broad knowledge of the UK market and respected status within the sector joins the Glendale Horticulture Board of Directors. She will take responsibility for expanding its customer base and growing its sales revenues in a time of increasing opportunities for UK growers as decisions on Brexit draw closer."


New Office Roles at British Hardwood Trees

During 2017, British Hardwood Tree Nursery Limited invested over £130K in infrastructure and business development and continue to develop their professional services, supplying young plants to the forestry, farming and landscape sectors.

This was demonstrated last summer with the creation of two new office roles and the expansion of space to accommodate this growth. 

New Haulage Administrator

Sam Kennedy joined the business in 2010 as Sales Administrator.  She will now be responsible for the logistical planning for the wholesale supplier of young hedging plants and trees, with over 90% of their trade now despatched nationwide, beyond the Lincolnshire boundary.

Responsible for HR

Zoe Henderson is now responsible for HR and operates from the new office extension.


Newly Created Role

Lewis Normand has moved from Glendale Horticulture/Coblands to Bernhard's Nurseries to take up the newly created role of Southern Sales Manager. He will be responsible for sales to professional Horticulturists and Designers.

Commercial & Domestic Projects
Lewis said 'I've had a really enjoyable six years with Glendale Horticulture and have been a part of many interesting projects, but I'm looking forward to the new challenge of developing sales in the South of England for Bernhard's Nurseries.' 

Going forward, Bernhard's are looking forward to producing for show gardens as well as a range of commercial and domestic projects including contract growing and are targeting growth for 2018 and beyond.'

Picture Accreditation: Our thanks to Ginger Horticulture.