The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was established under the National Heritage Act 1983 and came into existence on 8 August 1983. From 1 April 1984 responsibility for many aspects of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was transferred from the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (now DEFRA) to the Board of Trustees.

Trustees

Chairman - Mr Marcus Agius
Professor Jonathan Drori CBE
Professor H Charles J Godfray
Professor Sandy Harrison
Dr Geoffrey Hawtin
Mr Timothy Hornsby
Sir Henry Keswick
Mr George Loudon
Sir William Stewart FRS
Professor Nicola Spence
Ms Jennifer Ullman
Sir Ferrers Vyvyan

Biographies and Photographs

Marcus Agius - Chairman

Group Chairman of Barclays PLC and a Senior Independent Director of the BBC. Also Chairman of the Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Formerly: Chairman of Lazard London, Deputy Chairman of Lazard LLC, and Chairman of BAA PLC.

Marcus Agias
   

Professor Jonathan Drori CBE

Director of Changing Media Ltd, a London consulting group. Visiting Professor at Bristol University, specialising in misconceptions in science and in the uses of technology for learning. Adviser to public bodies on new media and audience strategies. Previously: Director of Culture Online at the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Head of Commissioning for BBC Online, Head of Digital Media and Learning Channels, Executive Producer and Director.

Jonathan Drori's photo
   

Professor Charles Godfray FRS

Hope Professor in the Zoology Department and Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University. Formerly Director of the NERC Centre for Population Biology and Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Imperial College London. Fellow of the Royal Society, a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an honorary research fellow of the Natural History Museum and Rothamsted Research.

Charles Godfray
   

Professor Sandy Harrison

Professor of Climate Dynamics in Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. Member of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) core project on Integrated Land Ecosystems and Atmospheric Processes. Coordinator of the IGBP Cross-project Initiative on Fire. Co-chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Palaeoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project, and President of the INQUA Commission on Palaeoclimatology.

Sandra Harrison
   

Dr Geoffrey Hawtin

 

An expert in the conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources and the founding director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust and currently the Trust’s Senior Advisor. During his career he has also been the CEO of two research institutes of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research:  the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) in Colombia and Bioversity International in Rome, Italy.

Dr Geoffrey Hawtin
   

Timothy Hornsby CBE

 

Chair of the Horniman Museum, Chair of the Harkness Fellows Association. Independent member of the Consumer Council for Water,Trustee of the International Institute for Environment and Development and of the Charles Darwin Trust, Governor of the Legacy Trust, and member of the Advisory Committee on Consumer Engagement of The Food Standards Agency. Previously Chair of the National Lottery Commission, following Chief Executive posts at the National Lottery Charities Board (now the Big Lottery Fund), the Royal Borough of Kingston, and the Nature Conservancy Council.

Timothy Hornsby
   

Sir Henry Keswick

Chairman of Jardine Matheson, Director of Rothschilds Continuation Holdings AG. Formerly, Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery, President of the Royal Highland Agriculture Society, proprietor of The Spectator, and member of the National Trust Council.

Richard Lapthorne
   

George Loudon

 

Chairman and Director of a number of investment and other firms including Pall Mall Capital Ltd and Altius Associates Ltd; former Director of Midland Bank Plc and former Vice-Chairman of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Former Director of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation. Board member of the Rijksakademie Beeldende Kunst (Amsterdam) and former Trustee of both the Galapagos Conservation Trust, and London Library.

George Loudon
   

Professor Nicola Spence

 

Nicola is Chief Executive of Science City York, formerly Chief Scientist at the Food and Environment Research Agency and Head of Plant Health at the Central Science Laboratory. She is Special Professor in applied plant pathology at the University of Nottingham and an expert in plant health and international plant trade. She is a Board member for the British Society for Plant Pathology and a scientific adviser to the BBSRC and the EU.

Professor Nicola Spence
   

Sir William Stewart FRS

Recently retired Chairman of the Health Protection Agency. Formerly, Chief Scientific Adviser, Cabinet Office, and the first Head of the Office of Science and Technology. Founding Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Dundee, Secretary of the Agricultural and Food Research Council, member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a vice-President of the Royal Society.

Sir William Stewart
   

Jennifer Ullman

 

Landscape consultant, and was formerly Chief Parks Officer for Wandsworth Borough Council and Chairman of the Board of Greenspace.

Jennifer Ullman
   

Sir Ferrers Vyvyan

 

Owner and manager of Trelowarren Estate and Chairman of the Royal Institution of Cornwall (RIC), a Learned Society that owns and runs the Royal Cornwall Museum. 

Sir Ferrers Vyvyan