The HTA would like to extend its warmest thanks and best wishes to Nicci Gow, previous owner of Burcot Garden Centre, who is stepping down from her council post. 

Nicci has served on the HTA Council for six years, representing the West Midlands. Her contribution and commitment to the industry, and that of her husband Neil, over the years has been immense. Council members, members in her region and HTA staff will miss her enthusiasm and dedication. We wish Nicci and Neil all the best for the future.

We are pleased to announce that Clare Norman from B&Q is joining the Council as the representative for the Central South region, and Tristan Bourne from Perrywood is joining as the representative for the Essex region. You can find out more about them below.

We have council vacancies in Wales, the South East and the West Midlands. Please contact if you are interested in volunteering.



After studying for a degree in Applied Chemistry at the University of Kingston,
Clare started her professional career as a product formulation chemist at S C
Johnson Wax before moving into FMCG retail. She spent the next 20 years
working with Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose as a retailer branded Technical
Manager, Buyer and Responsible Sourcing Manager. She is a qualified site auditor
for both Technical and Ethical site compliance and has been part of the
stakeholder team which created the current version of the BRC non-food Audit
standard and the soon to be published PAS 5070: How to launch a product safely
on the market.

In 2017 she made the move into the DIY sector with a role as Head of Quality at
Travis Perkins Group (Wickes/Toolstation) before moving into her current with
Kingfisher Plc. (B&Q and Screwfix) as  Regulatory Compliance Manager for the UK
Region, in 2019. 

Clare welcomes the opportunity to share her knowledge and experiences further
to support the aims of the HTA.


Tristan grew up alongside Perrywood Garden Centre & Nurseries, working at
weekends and holidays in the family run business.

Studied mechanical engineering, and worked in the oil and gas and latterly
renewable energy sectors.  Left full time employment in 2014 to return to study,
completing an MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship at UCL in 2016.  Came back to
Perrywood in 2017, now operations director responsible for projects, warehousing
and logistics, facilities and H&S, and operational responsibility for the
growing nursery.

Interested in how we tackle key subjects such as sustainability, biosecurity and
plant passporting.  Keen to learn from and contribute to networking and
collaboration opportunities within the industry.

Perrywood Garden Centre is a family run business with two centres in Tiptree, Essex and Sudbury, Suffolk.



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