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Ipswich: Thompson & Morgan names Bryan Magrath as its new chief executive

15:36 01 July 2014

Bryan Magrath, who has been appointed chief executive at Thompson & Morgan.

Bryan Magrath, who has been appointed chief executive at Thompson & Morgan.


Seeds and plants specialist Thompson & Morgan has announced the appointment of Bryan Magrath as its new chief executive.


Mr Magrath, who is is a former chief executive of James Hull Associates and Vision Express and was also previously managing director of Dixons Stores, takes over in a planned succession from John May who, after 17 years in the role, will remain on the Ipswich-based company’s board as deputy chairman.

Mr Magrath brings a wealth of marketing, consumer focus and organisational strengths to the role as well as being an enthusiastic recreational gardener.

He said, “I am very excited to be joining Thompson & Morgan to lead the next phase in the life of this very special company – the nation’s favourite horticultural brand.”

John May added: “We are delighted to welcome Bryan to Thompson & Morgan. I have served for over 17 wonderful years as chief executive, and the time is absolutely right for this succession. I am looking forward to the future with great confidence.”

Thompson & Morgan, which was established in Ipswich in 1855, has grown to become the UK’s leading brand for supplying seeds, plants and other related items to recreational gardeners through its catalogues, websites and in garden centres. It is a member of the EADT/EDT Top100 listing of the 100 largest companies in Suffolk and Norfolk.



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