Tom Shelston joins RHS as Director of Members & Marketing

Monday 5 January 2015

Former National Trust director to start in February

Tom Shelston is joining the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Leadership Team as Director of Members & Marketing. In his new role Tom’s responsibilities will include marketing RHS Gardens and Shows, including the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, growing RHS membership and overseeing RHS Garden Holidays and corporate partnerships.

For the last three years Tom has been Members & Donors Director for the National Trust. In this role, as part of the Trust’s strategic leadership community, Tom has contributed to the overall development of the organisation, and has been responsible for connecting more than 4 million members and donors with the places the National Trust looks after. In his career Tom has been Head of Marketing at Everton Football Club and he has also held a range of marketing roles at McDonald’s Restaurants.

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Tom to the RHS Leadership Team. He brings with him a great mix of charitable and commercial experience and will play an integral part in leading the RHS and ensuring we deliver our plans to enrich people’s lives through growing plants and horticulture. Tom joins us at an exciting time, as we embark on our 10-year commitment to invest £100 million in the future of horticulture and commence major new projects, including finding a fifth RHS Garden, creating the first RHS Urban Garden and increasing horticultural spectacle in our current gardens.”

Tom Shelston said: “I’m honoured to be joining the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS is an outstanding brand, committed to sharing the best in gardening. I’m looking forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead at this very exciting time for the Society.”

Tom will join the RHS on 9 February 2015, heading up the Members & Marketing division, which is responsible for delivering more than 2 million visitors to RHS Shows and Gardens, managing and increasing the Society’s 426,000-strong membership, and securing and managing corporate partnerships. Tom’s team also delivers RHS Garden Holidays, which offer some of the finest horticulturally themed holidays around the world, the RHS award-winning members’ magazine The Garden and a whole raft of publishing. The Members & Marketing division also manages the charity’s Horticultural Halls in London.
 

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About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 210 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join  

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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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