The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has appointed James Barnes as chairman of its association, with effect from January 2019.
According to the group, Barnes is a “well-known and respected figure” across the horticultural industry and brings with him over 23 years of experience in garden retail. He will join the HTA board, and work in conjunction with the president and the board, and with the senior executive director and management team supporting the HTA’s strategic direction.
Between 1989 and 2013, Barnes was CEO of Dobbies Garden Centres and was “instrumental” in developing Dobbies from a turnover of £4m to over £150m. Since leaving Dobbies he has held a number of posts including chairman of Dunedin Smaller Companies Investment Trust.
Adam Taylor, president, HTA, said: “The board and executive are delighted to welcome James as chairman of the association. His wealth of experience and knowledge of the garden industry as well as other business experience will ensure that at this exciting and challenging time, the association continues to be in the strongest position to represent and assist its members in every way.”
Barnes added: “I have always admired what the HTA has achieved for the industry and how it has grown in stature over the years. I am very much looking forward to taking on this new role and helping to foster the association’s continued development.”