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Appointments to the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Ian Karet and Valerie Gooding have 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).

Ian Karet has recently been appointed for a three year term running until 31 March 2017; Valerie Gooding joins the Board for three years from 1 October 2014 until 1 October 2017. They replace Michael Crawley and Tessa Green who have both completed their terms on the Board.

Ian Karet read Chemistry at Oxford before qualifying as solicitor. He is a partner at Linklaters where he specialises in intellectual property and technology. He has served on the board of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and writes and speaks on intellectual property issues.

After 20 years with British Airways, Valerie Gooding was for 10 years the Chief Executive of Bupa. She is currently Chairman of Premier Farnell, a Trustee of the Historic Royal Palaces and a non-executive Director of Vodafone and Tui Travel. At various times, she has been on the Boards of Sainsbury’s, Standard Chartered and BAA as well as the BBC, the British Museum and the All England Tennis Club.

Marcus Agius, Chairman of Board of Trustees says, 'I am delighted with the appointment of Ian Karet and Val Gooding to the Board of Trustees of RBG, Kew. They both have a passion and energy for the organisation and we know their breadth of experience and expertise will be invaluable.'


Media enquiries: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Press Office 0208 332 5607 or

Notes to editors:

  • 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.
  • 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