New Appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
9 September 2013
Derek Myers has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew by Lord de Mauley, the Minister for Kew at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). He has been appointed to replace Timothy Hornsby CBE, who has completed his period of service. His appointment will run until 1 September 2016.
Derek steps down from a senior career in local government at the end of December 2013. He has most recently been Chief Executive of both the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Both authorities are regarded as amongst the best performing in local government.
Derek has previously served on the Board of the Department of Health and chaired the UK professional body of his peers (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers). He has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board of Public Health England and chairs its Audit Committee.
He is married with two children; has lived in Chiswick, near Kew Gardens, for the last 20 years, and is a longstanding Friend of Kew Gardens.
Marcus Agius, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, says, "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Derek Myers. As a longstanding Friend of Kew, he has a real passion for the Gardens and he will bring a wealth of experience to our deliberations. At the same time, our sincere thanks go to Timothy Hornsby, who is stepping down from the Board after 6 years of distinguished service to Kew.”
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is an exempt charity and an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body created under the National Heritage Act 1983, sponsored by Defra and which operates under a Board of Trustees.
Trustee appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.
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Notes to editors:
• Trustees do not receive any direct remuneration for their services, although reasonable travel and subsistence expenses can be reimbursed.
• The Board of Trustees for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, comprises a Chairman and 11 members. Ten members and the Chairman are appointed by the Secretary of State. Her Majesty the Queen appoints her own Trustee on the recommendation of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
• For further information about the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s board of trustees please see http://www.kew.org/about-kew/who-we-are/board-of-trustees/index.htm
• 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. http://www.kew.org/
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