How Perennial is organised

Perennial employs staff around the UK to help and support horticulturists and their families. A team of senior managers and support staff is based at the charity’s head office in Leatherhead, Surrey with dedicated advisers and fundraisers based around the UK.

Who’s Who 

Perennial is governed by a Board of Trustees who serve on a voluntary basis. They are drawn from a variety of professions but all have a common objective of providing the very best in support services to those in need in horticulture.



HRH Princess Alexandra, KG, GCVO



Alan Titchmarsh MBE, VMH 

Vice Presidents

Sir Nicholas Bacon BT OBE DL
Jim Buttress VMH
Lord Cavendish of Furness DL
Ian Flanagan OBE
Sir David Howard BT
Sir Roger Singleton CBE
Bernard Tickner
Adam Wigglesworth
Bernard Williams


Dougal Philip – Chairman
Founder and owner of New Hopetoun Gardens, former RHS Council member and past President of the Horticultural Trades Association.

Steven Palmer – Honorary Treasurer
Finance Director, Squire’s Garden Centres. Chairman of Resources Committee.

Alan Kendall – Vice Chairman
Social worker and retired Regional Director of Barnardo’s.

Dr Heather Barrett-Mold OBE
Horticulturist and educationalist. Former Principal of Pershore College. Chairman of Perennial Marketing Committee.

Carole Baxter
Gardener & Broadcaster. Presenter BBC Scotland Beechgrove TV programme.

Mark Lane
Gardener. Gardens Manager, Buckingham Palace.

Ian Maxwell Scott
Investment manager, Managing Director of Investec Wealth & Management Ltd.

Carol Paris
Chief Executive of the Horticultural Trades Association.

James Robinson
Retired business executive. A former Trustee of Fullers Mill Trust, Suffolk.

Neville Stein
Principal and founder of Ovation Business Consultants, working in the land-based sector since 1977. Chairman of Policy and Services Committee.

Emma Tinker
Director of HgCapital with substantial commercial experience within the energy industry.

Senior Staff:

Chief Executive                                                   Richard Capewell
Director of Services                                            Sheila Thomson
Director of Finance                                             Simon Kemp
Director of Marketing and Development             Anita Bates


Annual Report and Accounts

Read our 2015 Annual Report and Accounts

Read our 2014 Annual Report and Accounts

Read our 2013 Annual Report and Accounts

Read our 2012 Annual Report and Accounts