Dame Amelia Fawcett reappointed as President of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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Environment Secretary George Eustice today (3 March) reappointed Dame Amelia Fawcett as chair of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for a second term. The renewal will run from October 26, 2022 to October 26, 2025.

Chairman of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Dame Amelia Fawcett, said:

I am deeply honored to have been reappointed President of Kew – a remarkable and important institution both nationally and internationally.

Kew’s world-renowned gardens and cutting-edge plant science make it a tremendous resource for understanding and protecting plants and fungi, as well as for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.

It is our greatest privilege to be able to continue to support Kew in implementing its ambitious Manifesto for Change, Science Strategy and Sustainability Strategy, building on its very impactful presence at COP26 and playing a major role in solving the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity. loss.

Richard Deverell, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said:

I am delighted that the Secretary of the Environment has confirmed Amelia for a second term. She is an outstanding and extremely hardworking Chairperson for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and is full of ambition for Kew’s continued success. I look forward to continuing to work with her over the next three years.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said:

Dame Amelia has been a great ambassador for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It has helped build its global reputation as a scientific leader in biodiversity research. I look forward to continuing to work with her.

The reappointment was carried out in accordance with the Code of Corporate Governance for Public Appointments published by the Cabinet Office. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no role in the selection process.

The political activity of appointees (if significant) must be declared. Amelia said she had not been involved in any significant political activity in the past five years.

Biography of Dame Amelia Fawcett

  • Dame Amelia is currently a Senior Independent Director of State Street Corporation and a member of the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust.
  • Her previous recent roles include Chair of Kinnevik AB in Sweden, Chair of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments and Non-Executive Board Member of HM Treasury.
  • She was President of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation and Vice-President and Governor of London Business School.
  • Dame Amelia has over 35 years of banking experience and is also the owner of Chilcott & Company Ltd, a lavender farm she founded in Wales in 2014.

About the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world renowned scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as for its scientific expertise in plant and fungal diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world.
  • Kew Gardens is a major and premier international tourist attraction in London. Its 132 hectares of landscaped gardens and Wakehurst, the wild botanic garden at Kew in Sussex, attract over 2.5 million visitors each year.
  • Kew Gardens was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 260th anniversary in 2019.
  • Wakehurst is home to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world, as well as over 500 acres of designed landscapes, wild woodlands, ornamental gardens and a nature reserve.
  • The Kew Madagascar Conservation Center is Kew’s third research center and only overseas office.
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew receives around a third of its funding from the government through the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and research councils. Additional funding to support the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew comes from donors, members and commercial activities, including ticket sales.
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