New Director of Public Programmes Announcement
29 July 2013
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is delighted to announce the appointment of Gaynor Coley as Director of Public Programmes.
In this role Gaynor will be responsible for the public programme as well as external communication, community outreach and education for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
The public programme includes all elements of the visitor experience other than horticulture and estates. This includes strategic planning and delivery of festivals, exhibitions, on-site interpretation, catering, retail, commercial events, venue hire and visitor services.
Communications and outreach elements of the role cover publishing, digital media, public relations, marketing, licensing, education, community outreach, volunteering programme and major projects and partnerships including Big Lottery funded Grow Wild.
Gaynor brings a wealth of experience to this role. She is currently Executive Director at The Eden Project, where she is responsible for all financial, commercial, educational and operational aspects of the Project. Prior to this, she helped to plan for and set up Eden in 1997.
As well as being passionate about engaging and inspiring the public with the importance of plants, Gaynor brings significant financial and commercial expertise. She is a qualified accountant and was previously Finance Director at the University of Plymouth.
Gaynor Coley said: “I am hugely looking forward to working at RBG Kew. It is one of the greatest institutions in the world. Having been part of the Eden Team since the start, it is a big wrench to go, but for me the challenge is drawing on this valuable experience to help create a Kew that is relevant and important to the 21st Century, a Kew that plays an active part in partnership with others, to make a major contribution to conservation and livelihoods at home and abroad. In short to ensure that the widest audience possible recognises the crucial importance of plants to the future of humankind. My first love is education and combining this with an ever improving programme of events will I hope bring new audiences to enjoy and appreciate the great gardens and science of Kew.”
Richard Deverell, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said: ‘I am really pleased that we have someone of Gaynor’s experience and record of achievement and success joining the senior team at Kew. She brings tremendous energy, a spirit of ambition for Kew and a great sense of humour, so I am very much looking forward to working with her.’
Marcus Agius, Chairman of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said: “We look forward to this appointment strengthening the working relationship between Kew and Eden.”
Gaynor Coley is expected to join Kew in Autumn this year.
Notes to editors
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The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants and world-class Herbarium as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Kew Gardens is a major international visitor attraction. Its landscaped 132 hectares and RBG Kew’s country estate, Wakehurst Place, attract over 1.5m visits every year. Kew was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. Wakehurst Place is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. Kew receives approximately half its funding from Government through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Further funding needed to support Kew’s vital work comes from donors, membership and commercial activity including ticket sales.
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