Student Profile

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Stephen Austin

Graduated: National Diploma in Horticulture
Nationality: British
Occupation: Product Manager

Why did you choose to study at Writtle University College?
When I left school I was a complete novice and all I knew was that I loved gardening. I had not even considered a career in the production horticulture sector but through the wide range of subjects taught on the course, the structure of the course and the tutor’s support, I was able to pursue a fulfilling career in the wholesale production horticulture sector and continue to learn to this day.

My Career Path
My role involves sourcing new plant varieties to add to our range and ensuring all of the two million plants we grow annually are of a high standard. My role is varied and allows me to travel – I am even part of the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show staging team for Hillier Nurseries.

My Current Job
Product Manager, Hillier Nurseries Ltd