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Dr Tim Entwistle appointed to Director of Conservation, Living Collections and Estates, Kew Gardens (April 2011)

3 December 2010

An announcement from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew:

Professor Steve Hopper is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Tim Entwisle as Director of Conservation, Living Collections and Estates (April 2011).

Tim is currently Executive Director of the Botanic Gardens Trust in Sydney, a post he has held since 2004.  He is a highly respected scientist and scientific communicator with a broad interest in plants, science and gardens.  Tim has worked as a scientist and senior manager in botanic gardens for nearly 20 years; and before that as a Post-doctoral Fellow at The University of Melbourne after taking his PhD from La Trobe University on freshwater algae. Tim is author of over 70 scientific publications, including three books. While working at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, Tim co-edited and contributed to the four-volume Flora of Victoria.

While at Botanic Gardens Trust in Sydney, Tim has led planning and initial fund-raising for a £52m Capital Works programme leading up to the Botanic Gardens Trust’s Bicentenary in 2016.  During his time as Executive Director the Trust has raised over £25m in capital funds and built a number of major buildings and gardens. Tim has raised the public profile of the Trust and its work, and is in demand as an inspiring public speaker and authoritative commentator. 

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We are confident that his skills and experience will make him an outstanding addition to the leadership at Kew.  Tim will report to Steve and be a member of the Executive Board.

We expect Tim to join Kew on 27th April 2011; in the meantime Steve retains direct line management of Wakehurst Place, Horticulture (Kew Gardens), the Seed Conservation Department, Estates and Conventions and Policies.

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