After five years as Managing Director of Farplants, Brett Avery will be leaving at the end of the year to join UK soft fruit grower, Hall Hunter Partnership, as MD.
During his time at Farplants, Brett has helped the business to grow and develop, and more recently provided support and stability to the team during the pandemic, culminating with this year being the company’s most successful yet.
Brett has relished his time at Farplants and has said: “Thank you to Mike Tristram and the Farplants Board for providing me with the opportunity of running & leading such a wonderful business, nearly five and a half years ago. A huge thank you to my fantastic team.
"I am very proud of the amazing developments we have achieved and records that we have continuously broken across all areas of the business, year after year. I will look on from the sidelines with interest as Farplants continues to thrive and reach new heights. I wish them all the very best - onwards and upwards.”
The Farplants Group Chairman, Mike Tristram, said: “Brett Avery has brought great positive energy to the business. He leaves a strong and confident team, united in our aim to be resilient and best in class for our customers and staff alike. We were delighted to attract Brett into ornamentals horticulture, and though he is now leaving our sector, we are glad that his skills will continue to benefit growers.”
The HTA has also issued this statement: “With Brett Avery, HTA Vice-President, taking up employment with Hall Hunter Partnership, a UK soft fruit grower outside of HTA membership, he will regrettably not be able to put himself forward for the President-role at this year’s AGM on 7 October.
"We were obviously looking forward to Brett being proposed as the new HTA President. He has served just over a year as Vice-President and chaired a number of committees and groups over the years – bringing his expertise and enthusiasm to the roles.
"Current HTA President, Boyd Douglas-Davies has kindly agreed to continue in the role while we conclude the appointment of a successor. We wish Brett the very best in his new job."