Kew Ambassadors and Champions
Meet the Kew Ambassadors and Champions helping to build awareness of the power of plants and fungi.
Kim Cattrall has had an extensive acting career spanning film, stage and television. The British-born actress most recently returned to TV as producer and star of the Sky Arts series Sensitive Skin, and in Swedish hit crime series Modus as the President of the United States. Cattrall’s award-winning role as ‘Samantha Jones’ in Sex & The City was recognised with a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, five Emmy Award nominations and three Screen Actors’ Guild nominations. A best-selling author, Cattrall has written several books, including Satisfaction, Being as Girl and Navigating the Ups and Downs of Teenage Life. In 2008, Cattrall was honoured at the Banff Media Awards with the NBC Universal Award of Distinction. In 2009, Cattrall was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame, and in 2011, she was honoured by GLAAD with the prestigious Golden Gate awards for her support of the organisation.
Dame Judi Dench C.H., D.B.E
Dame Judi Dench was born in York and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Her stage debut was as Ophelia in Hamlet at the Old Vic, followed by seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and the National Theatre in London. Television credits include A Fine Romance, in which she starred with her husband, the late Michael Williams, and the long-running series As Time Goes By. Film credits include Murder On The Orient Express, Victoria And Abdul, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Best Exotic Marigold Hote, Philomena, Shakespeare in Love, Mrs Brown, Iris, Notes on a Scandal, and the role of M in eight James Bond films. She received an OBE in 1970, was elevated to a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1988, and made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List in 2005.
TV presenter and writer
Konnie Huq is one of Britain’s most loved presenters. After graduating from Cambridge, Konnie went on to become Blue Peter’s longest serving female presenter from 1997-2008 and since then has presented on shows including The Xtra Factor, King of the Nerds and London Talking to name a few. She is also a brilliant interviewer, having given J.K. Rowling her first ever interview in 1997 and in 2018 interviewing Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai at Central Hall Westminster on the publication of Ziauddin's book, Let Her Fly. In 2018, Konnie signed a three-book deal for a children’s series with Piccadilly Press. This will be her first foray into children’s books and the main character is inspired by Konnie’s own London Bangladeshi background and her love of science and being a bit nerdy. The first of the series is set for release later this year. Konnie also co-wrote the second instalment of the successful and critically acclaimed Channel 4 series Black Mirror. She is currently an ambassador for the Princes’ Trust and the British Asian Trust.
David Mills MBE
David Mills owns the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey, which he founded in 1997. Before then David was a dairy farmer, with an award-winning herd of pedigree Jersey cows on the farm which has now become the Wildlife Centre. David ceased farming in order to realise his second dream of setting up a centre to educate people about our native wildlife. In 2000 the Centre opened to the public at large and is now recognised as home to the finest collection of native British mammal species in the country.The British Wildlife Centre pioneered the UK’s first walk-through enclosure where visitors can experience free-ranging squirrels in a woodland setting. The Centre is now acknowledged as Britain’s foremost breeder of red squirrels, with a programme of reintroduction in suitable habitats, such as grey squirrel-free islands.David’s philosophy is ‘Conservation through Education’ and his objective is to help people connect with nature in the hope that they too will want to protect it for future generations to enjoy.In 2016 David was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to wildlife conservation.
Andrés Rozental was México’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1995 to 1997.A career diplomat for over 35 years, Rozental served as Deputy Foreign Minister, Ambassador to Sweden, Permanent Representative of México to the United Nations in Geneva as well as various roles within the Mexican Foreign Ministry. Since 1995, he holds the lifetime rank of Eminent Ambassador of México. Rozental holds non-executive Board positions in various multinational institutions, including Arcelor Mitttal México, HSBC Bank in México and Airbus México. He is President of his own consulting firm, Rozental & Asociados and active in several non-governmental organisations. He is also a Senior Policy Advisor to Chatham House in London and a member of the Trilateral Commission. He is the author of four books on Mexican foreign policy, numerous chapters in edited volumes on international affairs and many articles on a variety of topics.
Ethnobotanist and TV presenter
James Wong is a botanist, science writer and broadcaster. Graduating with a MSc in Ethnobotany, he has pursued his key research interests of underutilised crop species, ethnopharmacology and traditional food systems through field work in Ecuador, Java and China. Wong is author of the international best-sellers Grown Your Own Drugs and Homegrown Revolution. As a presenter, he is best known for Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time and the award-wining Grow Your Own Drugs and Great British Garden Revival. Wong is passionate about communicating plant science to new audiences. In 2015 The Sunday Times listed him as one of the Top 20 most influential people in horticulture.
Adventurer, presenter, author and photographer
Phoebe Smith is an adventurer and award-winning presenter, broadcaster, author, photographer and host of the Wander Woman Travel Podcast. She was the first person to camp at all the extreme points of mainland Britain on consecutive nights and through a series of ‘Extreme Sleep Outs’ – dangling off buildings and cliffs on hanging tents – she has raised over £40k for homeless charities. She is co-founder of the #WeTwo Foundation with her expedition teammate Dwayne Fields, a charity that changes the lives of underprivileged young people using the tool of adventure.
British polar explorer and speaker
Dwayne Fields is a British polar explorer and speaker. He is the first black Briton to reach the North Pole, and a presenter for the BBC programme Countryfile. Fields was inspired to visit the North Pole after watching a breakfast television article about Ben Fogle and James Cracknell looking for a third member to assist in their expedition of Antarctica. As well as the first Black British person to reach the North Pole, he is the second black person in the world after Henson. He is co-founder of the #WeTwo Foundation with his expedition teammate Phoebe Smith, a charity that changes the lives of underprivileged young people using the tool of adventure.