People on the Move

Nurseryman Steve Chapman joins ICL

Experienced nurseryman Steve Chapman has joined ICL’s Professional Horticulture team as Technical Area Sales Manager for the Home Counties in the South East.

Steve was former Production Manager of the highly efficient and renowned Palmstead Nurseries. From propagation to finished product, he managed the production of container and field-grown shrubs and trees as well as herbaceous perennials.

“Managing and stocking so many lines year-round is a challenging business model making selective feeding programmes essential,” says Steve. “We chose to mix our growing media on-site and, with the emphasis on quality, were reliant on Osmocote including a number of the latest fourth generation products including Osmocote Exact Hi.End and Osmocote Exact High K.”

Sales Team Expansion

“As our business continues to grow and our product ranges continue to develop there was a need to expand our sales team in order to continue to meet our customer needs,” says ICL sales manager Adrian Thirtle-Watts. “Steve joins our technical team with considerable practical growing experience as well as in-depth knowledge of our products."


Biobest UK appoint Simon Jones as General Manager

Biobest U.K’s General Manager Phil Walker, a leading figure in the UK biological control industry for some 40 years, is retiring and handing over the reins to another industry stalwart Simon Jones.

Phil was a founding director of Biological Crop Protection (BCP Ltd) – the Queen’s Award winning company that helped UK protected growers lead the way in implementing IPM strategies. Founded in 1987, BCP formed a close collaboration with Biobest − the Belgium-based pioneers of commercially reared bumblebees for crop pollination.

Simon Jones (left) & Phil Walker (right)

Began Career in 1989

On completing his three-year contract helping establish Biobest UK, and having reached 65, Phil is retiring. Biobest UK’s new General Manager, Simon Jones, recently joined from Certis Europe - where he was UK Development and Stewardship Manager. Simon began his career at BCP in 1989 where he went on to manage the highly successful UK technical sales team that worked closely with Biobest.

The Biobest Group recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as a market leader in the world’s biological and pollination market and has shown year on year growth for the past three decades.


Flower Council of Holland appoint new M.D.

Dennis van der Lubbe (49) joined the Flower Council of Holland (FCH) as Managing Director with effect from March 1st, 2018. He also joins 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.”


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.