Meet the team!

Roger Tait

Chairman and Judge

I have 25 years experience of working in the landscape design and construction, and parks and open spaces management sector. I have been participating in Bloom for the last 22 years and really love seeing the difference it makes to both the environment and the people who live in it. It’s a great privilege to meet so many fantastic Bloomers and visit their communities – we all learn so much from each other and reap the benefits of our combined efforts. I look forward to seeing you over the summer judging period – best of luck to all.

Paul Stead

Judge & Committee Member

Paul has over 40 years experience in Horticulture & Park's management and holds an R.H.S. Diploma, from Pershore College of Horticulture.


A qualified Horticultural Therapist, he now also teaches gardening to students with disabilities and develops community engagement. 

  

Donna Loasby

Judge & Committee Member

Donna Loasby became the 'Britain in Bloom Coordinator' for Newcastle-under-Lyme in 2010.  Her role is to raise awareness of the Bloom campaign and to create a network of support from businesses which she has done successfully and increased sponsorship year on year.  Her experience has encouraged the community, schools and businesses to participate in planting projects, environmental initiatives and local competitions to make Newcastle a better place to live, work and invest.  She was instrumental in introducing a new logo and brand strategy to further promote 'Newcastle in Bloom'.  She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Management from Staffordshire University and gained her RHS Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture from Reaseheath College, Cheshire.    Donna is a Committee Member and Judge for Heart of England in Bloom.

 

Beverley Sutton

Judge

Beverley Sutton has worked at Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council since 1991, initially assisting with the set up and implementation of the Council’s CCT grounds maintenance contracts.  She has been involved in the Britain in Bloom campaign since Newcastle under Lyme first entered in 1992.  In 2011 Beverley transferred to a new role as a Community Projects Co-ordinator and now deals with numerous new initiatives including planting projects, local competitions, allotment management and sponsorship.  Beverley attended Reaseheath College, Cheshire and successfully gained her RHS Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Simon Long

Judge

Simon Long has worked at Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council since 1991, and for many years was involved in the council’s parks management, initially in the client division helping to manage CCT grounds maintenance contracts. In October 2011 he took on the role of Community Development Officer, following his return to work from a near fatal motorcycle accident.  Simon has been involved in the Britain in Bloom campaign since Newcastle under Lyme first entered in 1991 and has also helped with several successful green flag applications.  In addition Simon has been involved with the annual Tatton Park flower bed display, where Newcastle under Lyme have gained numerous accolades.

Carol Miller

Judge

Since retiring as a university academic, I have been involved in Britain in Bloom for over ten years, first as part of an Urban Community group.  For the past five years I have been  an Assessor of the It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme and more recently,  a Judge for the Heart of England in Bloom.  I am passionate about the power of Bloom to bring people together and improve their environment.

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