Board of Trustees, Founder President & Honorary Members
The Board of Trustees of Greenfingers is made up of a team of experts drawn from the horticulture and gardening trade, together with those from other sectors, who give their time generously to support the charity both strategically and directly through various campaigns and initiatives. All trustees and the chairman work for Greenfingers on a voluntary basis.
John Ashley – Chairman
John first joined the horticulture industry in 1972, where he spent many years with Fisons. He subsequently set up the Miracle-Gro business in Europe, which eventually became part of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.
Having served several years on the Board, John became Voluntary Chairman of Greenfingers Charity in 2015. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, Greenfingers Charity has created 58 gardens in children’s hospices across the UK. John’s passion to make a difference, his brand-building expertise, along with his industry knowledge helps to ensure the charity continues to be the industry’s favourite.
Dennis Espley – Vice Chairman
Dennis trained at Pershore College of Horticulture and has been involved in Horticulture for his whole career. Dennis retired as MD of Squire’s Garden Centres in 2016 and is currently Non-Exec Chairman of the Tillington trade buying group. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, and a Council member of the RHS. Dennis was Chairman of UK Garden Centre Association in 2012.
Warren Haskins – Treasurer
Warren is Chairman of the Haskins’ Group of Garden Centres has been a long-term supporter of Greenfingers Charity for many years. Warren joined the Board in 2018.
Boyd Douglas-Davies – Trustee
Boyd joined the Greenfingers Board in July 2014 and is a well-respected figure in the horticulture world. Not only is Boyd the founder of Garden Re-Leaf Day, he is also CEO of Hillview Garden Centres Ltd and President of the HTA.
Caroline Owen – Trustee
Caroline spent a few years away from the family business, Scotsdales Garden Centres in the 70’s obtaining a business studies degree and gained experience working for John Lewis, BUPA and Sainsburys. She re-joined Scotsdales in 1983 and was elected President of the HTA in 2009.
Carol Paris – Trustee
Carol Paris brings a wealth of retail and business experience from the industry’s lead trade association. Carol is a former President of the HTA and a current board member at the Horticultural Development Company (HDC).
Andy McIndoe – Trustee
Andy, who joined the Board in 2015, has over 35 years' experience in retail and production horticulture. A regular contributor to a number of magazines and BBC Radio, as well as the author of many books, he lectures to gardening groups and societies at home and abroad and leads numerous gardening tours. He has been responsible for 25 consecutive Gold-Medal-winning exhibits at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Neil Sewell – Trustee
Rob Jones – Trustee
Rob, a former lawyer specialising in medical Crime and malpractice, swapped his suits for secateurs in the early 1990’s, studying horticulture and garden design at Pershore College of Horticulture. He established an in-house design and build company for a garden centre in Marlow, before creating The Garden Design Co Ltd in 1996. Rob has featured in Homes and Gardens and the Metro newspaper. He joined Greenfingers in June 2017.
Colin Wetherley-Mein – Trustee
Colin joined the garden trade in 1975 at Hurn Bros, manufacturers of Ark Brand Wooden Trellis and Fencing Products. His next career step saw him moving to Tufflink - manufacturers of Plastic Chain and Trelli - where he became Sales Director, until he left to join Vitax Ltd. in 1992 as National Account manager, later becoming National Sales Manager in 1994. Colin was GIMA President in 2015, standing down from the GIMA council in 2017, but still remaining involved. Outside of work, Colin is an ECB level two cricket umpire and he has two grandchildren.
Sue Allen – Trustee
Sue Allen is the Chairman of Millbrook Garden Centres, who have stores in Crowborough, Staplehurst and Gravesend. Sue has been involved with the charity for many years and Millbrook have been keen supporters too, holding regular fundraising events including weekend activities for Garden Re-Leaf Day.
Richard Jackson – Founder President
Richard has been part of the horticultural industry all his working life. For the past 15 years, he has been a writer and broadcaster and is a guest gardening presenter for QVC. Richard founded Greenfingers Charity, but stood down as a Trustee in 2013 following 15 years of support and contribution to the work of the Charit. He still remains very passionate about the charity’s success.
John Little – Honorary Member
John is Chairman of Poplars Garden Centre, which over the last 30 years he has built up to become the largest independent garden centre in Bedfordshire and the sixth best in the UK. John has stood down as Trustee and Treasurer of Greenfingers after an immense contribution to the charity since it first started and he has been made an Honorary Member in recognition of his commitment.
Chris Webb – Honorary Member
Chris has over 25 years' experience in the horticulture industry and is currently Head of Plants at Primrose, Reading.
Chris has stood down as Trustee and Secretary of Greenfingers after contributing significantly to the work of the charity since it started in 1998 and he has been made an Honorary Member in recognition of this commitment.
Peter Field – Honorary Member
Peter Field has been an active supporter for many years and since retiring as Treasurer of the charity in 2018 has been made an Honorary Member of Greenfingers for his commitment to the charity.