The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced the appointment of Helena Pettit as director of shows.

In her new role Pettit will be responsible for leading the strategic planning, organisation, logistics and commercial success of the society’s portfolio of flower shows.

For the last nine years Pettit has occupied the role of managing director at Grandstand Group, an event management company. In this role Pettit delivered events including Horse of the Year Show and The British Show Jumping National Championships.

Sue Biggs, director general at RHS, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Helena to the RHS leadership team. She brings with her a great wealth of experience in the event sector and will play an integral part in leading the RHS and helping us fulfill our vision to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. Helena joins us at the dawn of the 2018 RHS show season so will really be able to hit the ground running in her new role for what is set to be a fantastic year.”

Pettit added: “I am thrilled to be joining the RHS at such an exciting time with so much going on not just in the shows, but the wider organisation too. RHS shows are renowned as the best horticultural events in the world so I’m delighted to be working on them. I am relishing the challenges of working with the shows team to innovate and deliver incredible shows that inspire millions of people to get out gardening and growing plants.”