|In a signal of the HTA’s commitment to increasing our profile and influence in Scottish government policymaking, Stan Green will support this expansion by providing additional lobbying resource into Holyrood on behalf of members.
To support Stan’s engagement with policymakers, he will be given the new title of Chairman of the Scotland Policy Development Group, an ad hoc group of HTA staff and Scottish members. Previously as President of the HTA, Stan was involved in making representations to government, and the new role will focus on providing an extra resource for face-to-face communications with officials, MSPs and ministers. He will align his activity with the HTA Hort House policy team and work closely with the HTA Council Representative for Scotland and the Member Support Manager.
Stan will assist the HTA in building relationships and connections with Scottish parliamentarians to best foster our ambitions in supporting and promoting the Scottish horticultural industry and to assist the broader communication of HTA initiatives within Scotland. One of the first key aspects Stan will be looking at with the policy team will be highlighting soon to be released revised socio-economic data on the sector’s positive contributions in Scotland and how to ensure our industry can successfully grow.
Stan’s new role compliments that of the HTA Council representative for Scotland, Helen MacDonald, whose role represents member’s views into the HTA and assists with member communications.
Stan will start his new role next month as the HTA looks to ramp up Scottish Government engagement following the 6 May Holyrood election.