Mike Burks, who is the Managing Director of The Gardens Group, was elected as the Garden Centre Association's Chairman Elect for 2020/21 during the annual conference, which took place at Luton Hoo Hotel, Luton.
Mike said: “I am greatly looking forward to my chairmanship and am lucky that the GCA has been in excellent hands with current Chairman, Mike Lind. With the association in such good shape I can focus much of my time on driving forward with new initiatives and plan to visit many garden centres, attend meetings and work closely with the team to develop GROW, an e-learning tool that is very close to my heart, to make sure our members can get the most out of this valuable system.
“As well as sharing membership success stories, such as those of the recently awarded Fron Goch, Perrywood and The Old Railway Line, who also brought some exciting ideas and standards into the GCA, I’m keen to demonstrate the role that the industry can play in protecting wildlife and the environment, as well as bringing people together through plants and gardening to promote better health and wellbeing.
“We are in an enviable position, in that so many trends and needs of the modern world cross our path, so we need to work together to make the most of these opportunities.”
Mike will take on the role from current Chairman, Mike Lind, in January 2020.
The Chairman of the GCA works closely with the Executive and full Board of elected directors.