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Nicholas Marshall takes the helm at Dobbies

Published: 9 March 2017 - Fiona Garcia

Dobbies announced the appointment of garden industry veteran Nicholas Marshall to the role of chief executive officer this week, as it was revealed that John Cleland has left the business for family and personal reasons.

 

Mr Marshall, whose most recent role was as chief executive of Wyevale Garden Centres, has over 30 years' experience in the garden centre sector. He founded and built two garden centre chains, Country Gardens PLC, which was bought by Wyevale in a hostile takeover for over £120m and Country Homes and Gardens PLC.

He became CEO of Wyevale Garden Centres in 2008, running the chain alongside his own business, Country Homes & Gardens, for a time before an inevitable acquisition. During his time at Wyevale, the firm re-branded as The Garden Centre Group and Mr Marshall revived its fortunes, taking it from near administration to a successful sale for £300m to private equity vehicle Terra Firma. He stepped down from the role and left the group after four years


Dobbies chairman Andrew Bracey said of Mr Marshall’s appointment: “I have known Nicholas for many years. He is one of the most successful leaders the industry has ever seen and we are thrilled that he has joined Dobbies as CEO. Since the acquisition from Tesco in July, we have been highly impressed by the dedication, loyalty and hard work of Dobbies’ team. With Nicholas at the helm, we feel that Dobbies’ stores will only improve further and we look forward to the forthcoming spring season.”.

Mr Marshall said of the new role, which will see him re-locate to Edinburgh: “I have known and admired the Dobbies’ business for many years, both as a competitor and indeed as a customer. I’m really looking forward to working with what I know to be a talented and committed group and I am certain we can achieve great success together for all our customers. James Barnes and the team built a great business; I am keen we take it forward in the same spirit.”

The Board of Dobbies added that it would like to thank John Cleland for his leadership and commitment to Dobbies at an important time, and wishes him every success in his future endeavours.

Following speculation and rumours surrounding Tesco’s ownership of Dobbies flying around for some time - with a host of potential suitors named, including Mr Marshall - the 35-strong chain was finally snapped up from Tesco by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital in a £217m deal last June.

 

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