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.


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HRH Princess Alexandra, KG, GCVO


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Alan Titchmarsh MBE, VMH 

Vice Presidents

Jim Buttress VMH
Lord (Hugh) Cavendish of Furness DL
Alan Down
John Gilbert
Sir David Howard Bt
Alan Kendall MBE
Sir Roger Singleton CBE
Sir Roy Strong CH
Dougal Philip
Keith Weed


Paul Rochford – Chairman
Fifth generation nurseryman he runs Joseph Rochford Gardens, a wholesale business supplying plants to the landscape industry.

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

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

Maureen Hart
Social worker, Vice Chair and Member of Sefton Adoption Panel, Vice Chair and Member of Sefton Fostering Panel, Justice of the Peace.

Cindy Peck
Solicitor and former longstanding partner with Dentons. Member of the Board of Governors of Birkbeck College, University of London and member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners.

Emma Tinker
Director of Asper Investment Management with substantial commercial experience within the energy industry.

David Buchanan-Cook
He used to work for Scottish Legal Complaints Commission as a Case Investigations Manager/Head of Oversight & Deputy CEO/ Head of Strategic Insight until August 2019.

Simon Goodenough
Experienced Estate Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Plant Identification, Tree Planting, Biodiversity, Facility Management (FM), and Gardening.

Richard Lawton
Richard Lawton’s entire career has been spent in the horticultural sector. For more than 30 years he worked for Hillier Nurseries culminating in a ten year stint as a Sales and Marketing Manager, and more recently a Business Manager for the Newey group from which post he recently retired. He is Chair of Perennial Trading and a member of the Resources Committee.

Barbara Segall
Well-known horticulturist and garden writer. Her work appears in a number of popular publications such as Gardeners World, The Garden, Kitchen Garden, Country Life, Your Garden and Country Living. Member of the RHS Herb Advisory Group. Member of Suffolk NGS Country Team.

Helen Seal
Helen works as a self-employed gardener and garden adviser and was Alpine and Woodland Supervisor at the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden for eight years.

Senior Staff:

Chief Executive   Jamie Gault
Director of Marketing & Fundraising   Anita Bates
Director of Services   Julia Hayne
Director of Finance   Simon Kemp
Director of Operations   Amy Routley

Annual Report and Accounts

2022 Impact Report

2022 Annual Report and Accounts

2021 Impact Report

2021 Annual Report and Accounts

2020 Annual Report and Accounts

2020 Impact Report

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