Meet the Trustees
|Rob Jolliffe (Chair) has a banking background having worked in London and abroad for several large investment banks through the last 30 years. He has been a Trustee for over seven years and has been Chairman of the Board for the last 5 years.|
|A Garden Trustee since 1996, John Ellis (Vice-chair) was the last Director of Education for Dyfed County Council. Is currently Vice-President of Dolen Cymru (Wales-Lesotho Link), Ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Wales, Director and Founding Member of Menter Cwm Gwendraeth, Member of the Executive Committee of the St Davids Diocesan Board of Finance.|
|Sir Roger Jones OBE is a business entrepreneur and a former governor of the BBC and former chair of the Welsh Development Agency. Past Chair of the Institute of Directors for Wales, chairman of the committee for Wales of the National Trust. Amongst his wide-ranging appointments he is currently Pro Chancellor and holds the Chair of Council at Swansea University. He was appointed OBE in 1996 for services to the pharmaceutical industry, and was knighted in 2005.|
|Camilla Swift, is a freelance garden writer, horticultural PR specialist and a contributing editor with Saga Magazine.|
|Julie James is Chairman of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority where she has been a WG appointed Member since 2006 and it is in this capacity that she serves as a Member of South West Wales Regional Tourism Partnership where she is currently Vice Chairman. She holds a variety of public appointments including: Non-Executive Director of Hywel Dda Local Health Board, Independent Member of Audit with Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales, and an Assessor for the Welsh Government’s Corporate Health at Work Standard.|
|Dr Hew Prendergast trained as plant scientist, He worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for many years, lastly as head of the Centre for Economic Botany, before taking over the running of Ashdown Forest in East Sussex in 2003. Ashdown is an EU Special Area for Conservation and Special Protection Area and at 2500 hectares (10 square miles) is the largest public access space in the South East. He left this post in 2011 and is now a free-lance writer.|
|Mark Kerr is from a Royal Navy and local-government background. From 2004 to 2009, Mark was Chief Executive of Powys County Council, responsible for 12,000 staff. Before that he was Director General of Human Resources (Royal Navy) in the rank of rear admiral.
|Susyn Andrews, Consultant Horticultural Taxonomist, is a highly experienced Horticultural Taxonomist, well known at the National Botanic Garden of Wales from the early days and more recently through her lectures.|
|Councillor Jeff Edmunds is the Executive Board Member responsible for Resources for Carmarthenshire County Council.
|Richard Pryce, of Pryce Consultant Ecologists, runs his own ecological consultancy company assessing environmental impact for a range of proposed developments and providing other environmental services. He is a leading participant in the Botanical Society of the British Isles and vice-county recorder for Carmarthenshire.|
|Professor John Harries
Heather Stevens, Chair of The Waterloo Foundation, which she founded with husband David, both are founders of Admiral Insurance. The Waterloo Foundation is an independent grant-giving foundation based in Wales, dedicated to projects that help globally, particularly in the areas of water and sanitation, female education, environmental issues relating to forests and fish, and research into children’s psychological development. She is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University and an Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University.