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Richard Deverell to succeed Professor Stephen Hopper as Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

13 June 2012

Richard Deverell joins Kew after nearly 20 years at the BBC where he achieved great success leading and managing new initiatives in such important areas as BBC News where he ran the news and sport websites, and BBC Children’s where he was responsible for CBBC and CBeebies. He was also the Chief Operating Officer for BBC North and thus contributed to the delivery of one of the BBC’s most important new capital projects: the creation of Media City in Salford.

A Natural Sciences graduate from Cambridge University, Richard is familiar with the challenges and opportunities facing Kew as a result of his six years as a trustee between 2003 and 2009 during which time, amongst other things, he chaired the Board Audit Committee.

Commenting, Richard Deverell said “My years as a Trustee reinforced my deep love for Kew as an institution and my belief in the role it can and must play in understanding plants and explaining their importance. Kew has a wealth of scientific expertise, possesses a number of the largest and most important botanical collections in the world and has, through its gardens at Kew and Wakehurst and its website, the means to showcase and explain the importance of plants and their sustainable use to the world."

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