Julia Ryde

A florist with well over 20 years’ experience, I have spent most of career in vocational education, teaching floristry and floral design at both FE and HE (levels 2-6).  I have supported many students to achieve their potential and develop worthwhile careers and am passionate about empowering women to achieve success within this amazing industry.  I have an MA in Education, and a string of other qualifications, but still maintain my roots in commercial floristry.  In 2011, I became a member of the Judges Guild after passing the UK judges examinations and have held various positions with the Guild over the years.  I have developed the competitors training programme for the Guild and lead on new judges training.

I am passionate about raising standards and encouraging a high level of skills and creativity and firmly believe education and competitions are a forum for increasing professionalism within the industry.