Summit Speakers 2017


Alan Roper

Alan RoperBlue Diamond

With a National Diploma from Pershore College of Horticulture, Alan joined Blue Diamond as the Company’s Retail Director in 1999 when turnover w...

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Andrew Saunders

Andrew SaundersManagement Today

Saunders has interviewed just about everyone who is anyone for MT, from captains of industry like Harriet Green of Thomas Cook and Unilever’s Pa...

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Andy Bunker

Andy BunkerTillington Group

I have been involved the garden centre trade for over 38 years. While Altons has been my only job I have been involved in many parts of the business ...

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Andy Newman

Andy NewmanDirector, mdj2

Andy is a regular contributor to Garden Retail, and is a really well-informed commentator on the Garden Centre sector. He has over 20 years retai...

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Clive Daley

Clive DaleyDirector, Mdj2

Clive has 30 years’ experience in retail, sales and purchasing. He has held senior commercial positions for companies such as John Lewis, Di...

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James Debbage

James DebbageOwner, Green Pastures

John Cleland

John ClelandChief Executive Officer, Dobbies

The new owners of Dobbies, Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital, announced John Cleland as CEO in July 2016. John has 30 years...

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Lolly Lee

Lolly LeeDirector

Having spent all her career within Retail and held many roles including store manager, buyer, merchandiser, supplier, field representa...

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Mark Farnsworth

Mark FarnsworthOwner, Tong Garden Centre

Mark graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a law degree but it was the food and drink industry that seemed more interesting and, after...

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Martin Breddy

Martin BreddyManaging Director, Squires

Martin joined Squires in 2016. He began his career in marketing with Unilever, and became responsible for the Persil brand in the UK and Europe. H...

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Matthew Appleby

Matthew ApplebyHorticulture Week

Matthew is the deputy editor of Horticulture Week and has been at the magazine since 2003. Matthew leads Horticulture Week's garden industry cover...

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Steve Guy

Steve GuyBuying and Merchandising Director, Dobbies Garden Centres

Steve Guy is Buying and Merchandising Director (Horticulture/Outdoor Living) at Dobbies Garden Centres. Steve has over 25 years’ experience within t...

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Tim Mason

Tim MasonDirector, Sea Pop

Tim Mason has a passionate belief garden centres can look forward to a good future. Tim has been a part of the industry for over 30 years, first ...

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