Research & Innovation Manager

Leanne Gillies

Leanne’s current role brings together her Science and Horticulture qualifications as well as her 25 plus years experience of the nursery industry with Fleming’s.

In her time at Fleming’s Leanne has been an integral support for many of the key projects that Fleming’s have been involved in, including the Chelsea Flower, Fleming’s Student Design Competition and KinderGarden™.

Leanne has worked in many sections of the Fleming’s business, including spending time looking after the supply, installation and maintenance of street trees. Through this period Leanne worked closely with Development Project Managers, councils and the landscape team looking after the trees and now has good practical first-hand knowledge of the steps needed to deliver successful outcomes.

Leanne has and continues to represent the industry in a range of capacities on topics including in the development of AS2303: Tree stock for landscape use, Plant Breeders Rights and Quarantine.

Major projects that Leanne is working on at present include; trialling new trees for suitability for introduction into the industry and reviewing current production practices with a view to streamlining production and broadening product availability.