Meet the Team

Barbara K. Jackson

Hi, my name is Barbara Jackson (Barbara Miller before marriage). I am the proprietor, manager and general dogs body at the shop! I started work as a florist 36 years ago. Floristry was a career I always wanted to take up from an early age and got my first opportunity upon leaving school at Harris and Sons Florist in Middleton as a trainee.

After just two years at the tender age of eighteen, I opened up my first shop in partnership with my mum in the centre of Shaw, Oldham. I progressed through the training programmes attaining my City & Guilds levels 1, 2 and 3 and eventually qualifying with the highest qualification in floristry - 'The National Diploma in Floristry'.

During my career I have done a spell of teaching floristry at Leeds University and Manchester College. I was also an NVQ assessor at the Oldham College.

During my time in industry I can honestly say there is nothing I have not come across and I try to pass on these experiences to my staff.

In my spare time I like to go skiing in the winter with my family and friends.

Judith Ireland

My name is Judith Ireland. Having worked as a dental nurse for twenty years I left to raise my two daughters. I have always loved flower arranging and on returning to work I decided on a change in career. After enrolling on a floristry course for personal interest, I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to learn more and eventually qualified with my City & Guilds NVQ level 1, 2 and my National Certificate Level 3 in floristry. I joined Miller's Florist on a college placement in 2000 and have been here ever since. I enjoy all aspects of the job but gain particular satisfaction from helping bereaved relatives seek their floral tributes, implementing their wishes and hopefully exceeding their expectations.

I am married with two daughters and two grandchildren. As a member of the United Reform Church where my husband is the minister one of my roles is to organise Church flowers, particular enjoyable on festivals such as Easter and Harvest. I love to bake (particularly with my granddaughter). I enjoy aerobics and spend much of my spare time fundraising for Francis House Children's Hospice

Dawn Martin

Hello my name is Dawn Martin. I left school at 15 and started work at Miller's Florist straight away following work experience in the shop at school. I started on the YTS program that led to me being taken on full time. During the first two years I was working four days with one day at college on a day release basis. I eventually qualified with my City & Guilds levels 1, 2 and 3.

I have worked at Miller's Florist ever since as a senior florist and enjoy and specialise in all aspects of wedding work and events. I like to think I get on with most people and enjoy dealing with the requests and challenges wedding planning presents.

Just recently I took maternity leave to have my lovely daughter Layla-Mae who is now 11 months old. I enjoy meals out and socialising with friends and family (don't get out much anymore since having my little bundle of fun!

Millie Turner

Hello, my names Millie, I am 18 years old and I have recently completed my A-levels at North Chadderton sixth form, where i studied double business and also Art and design. At the age of 17 i started helping at the shop in my free time, where I instantly knew this was the career path i wanted to take as i loved every minute of it. Upon finishing sixth form, i started working full time at Millers starting from June 2016 and have took on many responsibilities since then. I have built a solid foundation of skills and I’m looking forward to perfecting this trade in the coming years. Even though I know allot of hard work and determination must be applied, I think my skills will develop quickly through my sheer love of floristry and all aspects of the trade from liaising with customers, to arranging beautiful floral designs.

As well as working full time at the shop i took it upon myself to start a Professional Floral art and design degree which will further enhance my knowledge. This degree will widen my scope of the industry, covering all aspects so I am not limited to one area of work.  

Charlotte Derby

My name is Charlotte Darby I am married to Richard and have a daughter Harriet.  I left school at 16 and completed an YTS in hairdressing. I have always had an ambitious streak and progressed in 1998 into teaching and assessing hairdressing students. Later achieving  my BA in Education and Training , resulting in various promotion opportunities working as part of the management team in the FE sector.

Since having my daughter Harriet in 2009 , I decided to reassess my career and work /life balance  and decided on a total career change. With a passion for flowers and my creative eye I took the decision to train as a professional florist. I trained at the Manchester College and The Judith Blacklock Flower School. I have worked in the floristry industry now for the past 5 years and I have never looked back. I started to work here at Millers in 2016. I enjoy all aspects of florist , however I do in particular like  creating the rustic, wild, loose and trailing creative designs .  I am also very passionate about using and supporting  British and locally grown flowers.