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Friday, 4 December 2020


New Chairman appointed to National Garden Scheme

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AFTER six years as Chairman of the National Garden Scheme, Martin McMillan OBE will be succeeded by Rupert Tyler on 18th November.

Martin spent nine years as a Trustee before his appointment as Chairman in 2014 and, during his term of office, saw both garden income and donations reach record levels for the garden visiting charity that has been supporting vital nursing and health charities since 1927.  

Commenting on the new appointment, Martin McMillan said: 

“I am delighted to welcome Rupert Tyler as my successor as Chairman of the National Garden Scheme. Rupert will officially take over at the forthcoming Board Meeting of Trustees on 18th November. He has been one of our Trustees since 2014 and has regularly provided invaluable input at our meetings.

“Rupert is a keen gardener and has opened his London garden in Clapham for many years. His involvement with the National Garden Scheme along with his experience of business and finance gathered during his distinguished career make him – in my eyes – the ideal individual to lead this wonderful charity as Chairman.” 

Rupert brings a wealth of experience spanning different sectors, supported by his strong business background and underpinned by an understanding of the vital importance of diversity and inclusion in all areas of society. 

Rupert said:

“I am hugely excited to take over the helm at the National Garden Scheme after Martin McMillan’s brilliantly successful tenure.”

CEO of National Garden Scheme, George Plumptre added: 

“During his six years as Chairman Martin has increasingly made his mark, whether in his leadership of the Trustees or in the public perception of the charity. During his term of office, a number of major innovations have been launched, notably the Gardens and Health programme in 2016 and the new branding in 2017. Martin’s role has also been decisive in his leadership of our partnerships with beneficiary charities. The National Garden Scheme has been very fortunate to have had such a dedicated person as Chairman and I now look forward to working with Rupert to build upon Martin’s contribution.” 

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