The annual South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium will be held March 24 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga.The day-long event is sponsored by UGA and the Garden Club of Georgia – Camellia District IV. The symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the opening of the day’s plant sale followed by registration at 9 a.m. Symposium topics will include forest plants of the Southeast and their wildlife uses, landscaping with natives and popularizing native plants. The day will conclude with a walking tour of the UGA Coastal Plain Arboretum at 3:10 p.m.The cost of the symposium is $30 with an additional $10 fee for lunch. For more information on the event, call Amy Carter at (229) 386-7274 or email her at [email protected]
The UK Pensions Regulator (TPR) has unveiled Lesley Titcomb as its new chief executive after a nearly two-year search.Titcomb joins from financial services regulator the Financial Conduct Authority, where she is currently COO.She is expected to take up her new role as head of TPR in March 2015, with current interim chief executive, Stephen Soper, stepping down.Soper was appointed interim after former chief Bill Galvin’s departure and will move back to his role as executive director for defined benefit (DB) regulation. Galvin announced he was leaving TPR in March 2013 to become the chief executive of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), one of the UK’s largest schemes, with £42bn (€52.5bn) in assets.Titcomb, also an FCA board member, has been COO since April 2013 after joining the organisation’s predecessor in 1994.Titcomb said: “With so much fundamental change, it is important that the industry is overseen by a strong, independent pensions regulator, focused on the issues within the sector, that is respected for its technical expertise and authoritative voice.“I relish the opportunity of working with the regulator’s high-quality team and with other industry stakeholders.”Soper will lead the organisation until Titcomb joins in March next year.