A new role for Tom Chilton

A new role for Tom Chilton

Congratulations to Tom Chilton, who has taken on the role of Roecliffe Assistant Manager as the previous Assistant Manager, Tony Tillet retired after 32 years.

Find out what he had to say about his new role below:

1.What are you most looking forward to in your new role?

Managing the day to day running of the Roecliffe site and working with the team to produce great plants. It will also be great to see myself “grow” as a manager and further myself as a Horticulturalist.

2. What was your previous role within the company?

My main role within Johnsons has been on the production side of the company, I enrolled on the rising stars course soon after joining the company, and I have worked closely with Eric Buckby in the container unit potting shed, which I ended up managing for several weeks in his absence due to the Pandemic.

3.What do you enjoy most about working at Johnsons?

I have a general passion for plants. I have been around horticulture my whole life. The Johnsons community is also fantastic I have worked with so many great people here, the Richardson family make you feel very welcome, and I like the happy, upbeat environment in which we work.

4.What did you do before working at Johnsons? Where did you study?

Previous to Johnsons I worked for Summerfield Nursery at Poppleton, York. Summerfield grows a fantastic range of plants which they sell to the public and trade customers, I enjoyed my time there.  I had worked there since I was 15. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for them. I studied Horticulture at Askham Bryan College in York.

5.What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I enjoy sport, including road/mountain biking and golf, and I have an allotment in which I grow exhibition vegetables and dahlias.

6. Tell us a random fact about yourself

At 21, I’m still a baby; I still can’t swim; no matter how much I try, I can’t do it!

Posted 17th Jun 8:33am

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