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Richard Deverell is the 15th Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Richard joined Kew in September 2012 and succeeds Professor Stephen Hopper.

Richard joined Kew after nearly 20 years at the BBC. He achieved great success leading and managing new initiatives in BBC News, running both the news and sport websites, and BBC Children’s, where he was responsible for CBBC and CBeebies.

He was also the Chief Operating Officer for BBC North and thus contributed to the delivery of one of the BBC’s most important new capital projects, the creation of Media City in Salford.

An outstanding leader

Photo: Richard Deverell, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

A Natural Sciences graduate from Cambridge University, Richard is familiar with the challenges and opportunities facing Kew as a result of his six years as a trustee between 2003 and 2009, during which time, among other things, he chaired the Board Audit Committee.

Commenting, Richard Deverell said:

'My years as a Trustee reinforced my deep love for Kew as an institution and my belief in the role it can and must play in understanding plants and explaining their importance.

'Kew has a wealth of scientific expertise, possesses a number of the largest and most important botanical collections in the world and has, through its gardens at Kew and Wakehurst and its website, the means to showcase and explain the importance of plants and their sustainable use to the world.

'I know what an enormous knowledge base Kew represents and just how many clever, hardworking and dedicated people work there. It is an honour and humbling to follow in the footsteps of Steve Hopper and the other giants who have been directors before him.

'I am full of ideas and commitment and have as my simple ambition that Kew will sustain and, ideally, improve upon its reputation as the world’s premier centre of excellence for botanical knowledge and further develop the care of its significant collections and heritage assets.

'I look forward to working with Kew’s staff, its Trustees, Defra, other scientific institutions in the UK and overseas, our local neighbours, our visitors and all Kew’s other stakeholders.'