Two members of the Hillier family were appointed to the Hillier Nurseries board of directors last week.
George Hillier and Martin Hillier joined the board on Thursday, with ith George continuing to manage the property portfolio as director of property and Martin taking on a non-executive role.
Hilliers chairman Robert Hillier said: “We are extremely proud to be a family business that looks to the future, so it is wonderful to have the fifth generation of the Hillier family involved at board level to continue to build on the fantastic achievements of the last 154 years, and to drive this forward in the coming years.”
George has worked in the company for 17 years, initially as a garden centre assistant, then manager of the group’s Chichester Centre before progressing to area manager for three years. In his current role he manages property acquisitions and developments.
George said he was thrilled to be joining the Hillier board. “These are very exciting times for our business. We have such a strong and experienced team, and are in a great position to make the most of our existing business. This is of course whilst pursuing future opportunities and focusing on what we do best - trees, plants and great customer experiences.”
George’s cousin Martin, who joined Hillier in 1992 as a supervisor at the company’s Brentry Container Unit, moved to Andlers Ash tree production nursery where he created the craftsman training programme, and in 1998 took on his current role of senior manager at Broadmead Trees, where he runs the production and despatch of Hillier containerised trees.
“I feel very honoured to be joining the board as the family representative,” he said. “ I see it as a custodial role continuing the stewardship of the four previous generations but especially that of my father John Hillier, whilst carrying on my senior management role at the nursery. The Hillier business is continually evolving and adapting to changes in market forces and environmental pressures and I’m excited to be even more of a part of that.”
The full board, including George and Martin Hillier (left).