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Tim Entwisle appointed Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

29 October 2012

Ms Elaine Canty, Chairman of the Royal Botanic Gardens Board Victoria, announced today that the new Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens will be the internationally respected scientist and scientific communicator, Professor Tim Entwisle.

Professor Entwisle is currently the Director of Conservation, Living Collections and Estates at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (UK) and was previously Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney.

He will take up his new role in March 2013.

Ms Canty said that she and the Board were delighted that Professor Entwisle had accepted the role.

“We were determined to find an exceptional candidate to lead the Royal Botanic Gardens into the future and I have no doubt that Tim is the right person for the job.”

“With his extensive experience in the management of some of the world’s most influential botanic gardens, his impressive scientific credentials, and his infectious enthusiasm for plants and the environment, I’m confident that Tim will enjoy significant successes at the Gardens.”

Professor Entwisle said he could not miss the opportunity to lead an organisation that was so close to his heart.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to Melbourne to head up one of the world’s great botanic gardens. The impeccably landscaped garden in South Yarra, now coupled with the inspirational Australian Garden at Cranbourne, is a potent mix. Add to this the rich botanical collections and world-class expertise, and the attraction is irresistible.”

“While I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years at Kew as Director of Conservation, Living Collections and Estates – looking after more than half of the world’s most famous botanic garden – I am keen to return to Australia and to ‘captain the ship’. I’m also keen to return to the home of the world’s second best coffee, after Italy.”

Professor Entwisle was appointed after a highly competitive international recruitment process that commenced earlier this year following the announcement of the retirement of the current Director and Chief Executive, Dr Philip Moors. Dr Moors officially leaves the role on 2 November after 20 years at the helm of one of Victoria’s most significant organisations.

For further information please contact Anna Quenby, Head of Public Relations, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew +44 (0)20 8332 5619, +44 (0)7766 162855 or e-mail a.quenby@kew.org.

RBG Kew Press Office – pr@kew.org / +44 (0)20 8332 5607.

About the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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 nearly 2 million visitors 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. RBG Kew and its partners have collected and conserved seed from 10 per cent of the world's wild flowering plant species (c.30, 000 species). The aim is to conserve 25 per cent by 2020, and its enormous potential for future conservation can only be fulfilled with the support of the public and other funders. www.kew.org