Having started her career in high street retailing with roles at Harrods and Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Carol joined Cadbury Garden Centre as Retail Director in 1998. She went on to become Garden & Leisure Group Operations Director responsible for operations, buying and the HR function. Carol is a former President of the Horticultural Trades Association and board member at the Horticultural Development Company. Carol was appointed as HTA Director General in August 2012, bringing a wealth of retail and business experience to the horticulture industry’s leading trade association for six years. In 2018, she became CEO of Somerton, a new garden centre business which has signed a franchise agreement with Rosebourne and will trade at its centres under the Rosebourne brand.