Perennial appointed Phil Swainston as Corporate Development Manager to further develop partnerships within the industry. Phil joins from the HTA (Horticultural Trades Association) and will focus on building new relationships with manufacturers and suppliers to the sector to raise funds and awareness of how we help people in horticulture.
This year, as Perennial marks its 180th anniversary, they want to reach more people than ever before and to help make that happen, they’ve further strengthened the team with new appointments in the marketing and fundraising team. James Burns joins in the new role of Community Fundraising Manager and will lead the initiative to set up a network of community groups across the country, increasing Perennial’s volunteer base at a local level. James worked previously at Help for Heroes where he was Regional Manager for London and the South East.
Perennial has also welcomed Claire Humphries as Events Assistant. She will support the events team in organising the growing number of networking and fundraising events the charity offers including the annual Party for Perennial and Festival Dinner, along with its popular programme of garden tours and challenge events.
Phil Swainston comments: “I am looking forward to working with the growing team at Perennial and forging links with even more businesses and organisations that can help us spread the word. In a similar vein to what I have been doing for the past three years at the HTA, I will be looking at the many different ways that we can work with companies including garden centres, growers and suppliers. In the coming months I will be getting out there and talking to as many people as possible. We need support from across the industry to promote a better understanding of what Perennial does and to raise money so that we can keep providing the individual, tailored support to the increasing numbers of people that need our help.”