Meet the Trustees
|Rob Jolliffe (Chair) has a banking background and is currently co-head of debt capital markets, globally, for the investment bank, UBS.|
|A Garden Trustee since 1996, John Ellis (Vice-chair) is chair of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Wales and Director of Education for the former Dyfed County Council. His many voluntary engagements include: Dolen Cymru Lesotho (currently Vice President); Theatre Arad Goch (Vice Chair 1996-2003); Menter Cwm Gwendraeth (founding member and non-exec director); Wales Youth Agency; Llanddarog Parochial Church Council; NHS independent review panels chair and lay member; and Office for National Statistics district census officer.
John has received a number of public honours in recognition of community service including 1996 High Sheriff Award and 1996 Gorsedd y Beirdd White robe membership. John is a first language Welsh speaker.
|Sir Roger Jones OBE in an entrepreneur and former chair of the Welsh Development Agency.|
|Camilla Swift, is a freelance garden writer, horticultural PR specialist and former editor at large 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 resposible for Resources for Carmarthesnhire 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 Wayne Powell has more than 25 years’ experience working in the field of contemporary plant genetics. Before being appointed as Director of IBERS, he was Director and CEO of NIAB in Cambridge; Professor and Foundation Head of the School of Agriculture and Wine, University Adelaide, Australia and Deputy Director of the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI), Dundee.
|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.|