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 support the work of Greenfingers on a voluntary basis.
Sue Allen – Chairman
Sue Allen is well-known within the garden retail sector and has been involved with Greenfingers Charity for over 20 years. She is Chairman of Millbrook Garden Centres, having established the business in 1979 with her late husband, Dick. Sue also splits her time between sitting on the Board of Trustees for the Garden Centre Association and is Chairman of the GCA Trust.
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.
Richard Capewell – Trustee
Richard has spent many years in the social care and charity sector and brings a wealth of experience to his role as Trustee at Greenfingers.
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.
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.
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
Neil is Managing Director of Owned Hotels at Kew Green Hotels, incorporating the brands; Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Courtyard by Marriott. Kew Green Hotels have generously supported Greenfingers Charity as their official fundraising partner since December 2016. Ever since the amazing staff there have been putting the FUN into FUNdraising with many events being held at their hotels across the country including cyclathons, car washes, raffles, dinners, cake sales, golf days, Go Green for Greenfingers days and entertainment evenings, as well as endurance team events such as the Jurassic Coast 100km Challenge, Tough Mudder, Snowdon climbs and marathons to raise money. The charity partnership was shortlisted as a Finalist in the Business Charity Awards 2018.
Guy Topping - Trustee
Brought up on the site of the Northwest’s first Garden Centre, Guy was born the youngest of Eddie Topping’s three sons. Having started work in the family business at the age of 4, Guy has Garden Centre’s in his blood and after a rocky path through school was sent out to work for a couple of years to grow up!
He then gained a National Diploma in Commercial Horticulture at Writtle College, Essex where he became President of the Student’s Union. A couple of years travelling the world then came to an abrupt halt when he was invited back into the family business.
During the twenty odd years as part of the board at The Barton Grange Group Guy has taken the Garden Centre division from one Centre to three and then back to one again. The new Garden Centre at Brock is often cited as the best in the World and in 2018 The Flower Bowl opened its doors on the same site. This is a state of the art leisure development incorporating a 4 sheet curling rink, 3 luxury cinemas, 8 lanes of ten pin bowling, The Secret Garden Crazy Golf course, 2 golf simulators, 2 restaurants, a bar and coffee bar.
As an active tennis player, golfer and curler Guy enjoys most sports when he can fit it in amongst all his family commitments. Guy is also Chairman of Preston Youth Zone which once built will deliver twenty first century youth provision to the young people of Preston and surrounding areas.
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.
Tammy Woodhouse – Trustee
Tammy has been Managing Director of Millbrook Garden Centres since 2009. Millbrook Garden Centres have stores in Crowborough, Staplehurst and Gravesend and all hold regular fundraising events for Greenfingers, including many 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 charity. He still remains a very passionate supporter of the charity.
John Ashley – Honorary Member
As a past Chairman and before then Trustee, John Ashley made a significant contribution to the charity., from the launch of the Million Moments Appeal in 2015 to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019. John accepted an invitation to become an Honorary Member in 2020
Peter Field – Honorary Member
Peter Field has been an active supporter for many years and since retiring as Treasurer of the charity in 2018 was invited, and accepted, to become an Honorary Member of Greenfingers for his commitment to the charity.
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 was Treasurer and a Trustee of Greenfingers and after an immense contribution to the charity, since it first started, he has been made an Honorary Member in recognition of his commitment.
Jane Livesey – Honorary Member
Jane has been an active supporter of Greenfingers Charity for many years and has been made an Honorary Member in recognition of her support.
Caroline Owen – Honorary Member
Caroline is the Managing Director of Scotsdales Garden Centres, one of the UK’s very first garden centres. Caroline has been involved with Greenfingers for very many years and as a previous Trustee, made a significant contribution to the charity. Caroline was made an Honorary Member in 2020.
Chris Webb – Honorary Member
Chris has over 25 years' experience in the horticulture industry and is currently Head of Plants at Primrose, Reading. Chris was a Trustee and Secretary of Greenfingers and contributed significantly to the work of the charity since it started in 1998. He has been made an Honorary Member in recognition of this commitment.