Association Structure

The oversight and management of IGCA activities are entrusted to a Board of Directors. An Executive Committee, consisting of the president, past president, and Vice Presidents, supervises the Board’s operations. Board members have a two-year term and are eligible for re-election at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Members are allowed to serve multiple terms, potentially advancing to the position of Association President. The current Board of Directors consists of seven members.

Board Purpose

  • Providing a forum for semi-annual meetings of Country Representatives and Administrators.
  • Organizes information exchanges and other programs and activities for the improvement of the international garden centre industry.
  • Ensure that an annual IGCA Congress takes place and provides support to the Congress organising committee to ensure that the event is a success.
  • Represents the interests of the international garden centre industry to the gardening public, governments and other sectors of the horticultural industry.

Benefits of Serving on a Board

Serving on a board can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience with several benefits – both personal and professional.  Here are some of the key advantages:

Making a positive impact: Board members have the opportunity to contribute to causes and missions they are passionate about. Your involvement can directly impact the community or cause the organization serves.

Networking: Serving on a non-profit board allows you to network with like-minded individuals who share your interests and values. These connections can lead to valuable personal and professional relationships.

Skill Development: Non-profit board service can provide opportunities for skill development in areas like leadership, governance, financial management, strategic planning, and more. You can learn about the inner workings of an organization and gain valuable experience.

Leadership Experience: Board service offers the chance to take on leadership roles, such as serving as the board chair or leading a committee. This experience can be beneficial for your professional growth and career development.

Professional Development: If you’re involved in the business world, serving on a non-profit board can offer opportunities to apply your business skills in a different context. It can also provide a fresh perspective and new experiences that can enhance your professional development.

How is the Board elected

Biennially, at the conclusion of the Board members’ terms, an election is conducted during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to either appoint or reappoint members to the Board.

  • National Garden Centre Associations are asked to nominate a representative from their country to the Board of Directors. 
  • The nominee needs to complete an application form that provides personal and professional information. This form is submitted to the IGCA Administrator.
  • This nomination must be endorsed by the country’s Executive Board.
  • The nomination will be reviewed by the IGCA Executive Committee and acceptance of the country nomination will be by majority vote of the Directors.  
  • Nominations will be distributed to all country administrators to present to their respective Boards. 
  • The nomination will be approved by a majority of votes at the Annual General Meeting.