Heather announces her retirement after 20 years of service
By Kobie Keenan
In November 2020, GIA celebrated Heather Henderson’s 20 years of service. At the time, we asked her what she was most looking forward to. Heather laughingly replied, ‘Retirement! And spending more time with my family and garden’.
Six months later and it is with a great deal of gratitude and heartfelt thanks that Greenlife Industry Australia would like to advise that Heather has announced her retirement after a dedicated twenty years with the industry.
Jolyon Burnett, Heather’s first CEO, has joined former executive officers Robert Prince and Richard de Vos in acknowledging Heather’s work ethic and contribution to the industry over the years.
“What a constant Heather has been in rapidly changing and strange times; an anchor in turbulent seas. There would be no-one else who has firsthand experience of such a long period of change, evolution and development,” Burnett says of Heather who he considers was always a voice of calm reason and competence.
Anthony Kachenko, who worked alongside Heather from 2008-2014 says Heather has provided unwavering support for the industry during her tenure.
“She was approachable, available and always responsive to meeting member and levy payer needs. Heather would give anything a go and was willing to learn along the way, undertaking her job with humility with genuine passion for the industry and horticulture.”
Before starting with the Association, Heather enjoyed volunteering for schools and churches, and she says this is something she would like to do again - to give back to the community. She will also be sharing her time between New South Wales and Queensland to see her family, especially her two grandsons.
Heather is also an avid gardener who has a passion for both camelias and roses and the idea of having more time for her own patch is something that fills her with energy. “I will miss the industry and the conversations. The last 20 years have been a great journey. I’ve made many great friends and learned a lot about horticulture.
Heather wants to give the industry her greatest regards. “Thank you for having me here. Please stay in touch, and I look forward to hearing about your next adventures as I continue to plan my own.”
On behalf of the Board and Staff, CEO Peter Vaughan wished Heather all the best in retirement and congratulated her on her long and dedicated service to horticulture and the nursery and garden industry.