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BGCI Board

BGCI currently has twelve members of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors support BGCI through fundraising, finance and investment advice, legal advice, and much more.

Professor Stephen
Blackmore

Chair of the Board

Professor Blackmore was the 15th Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and was appointed Her Majesty’s Botanist in Scotland in 2010. In 2011 he was appointed a CBE for “services to plant conservation”.

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HRH Princess Basma
bint Ali

Director

HRH Princess Basma bint Ali is an advocate of biodiversity conservation and has a strong connection with the environment. She is the Founder of the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan.

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Stuart
Clenaghan

Director

Mr. Clenaghan is a Senior Fellow at the Climate Bonds Initiative and focuses on bonds and forest protection measures. He is also principal at Eco System Services Limited.

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Gerard T.
Donnelly

Director

Gerard Donnelly is the President and CEO of The Morton Arboretum and the Chair of BGCI’s International Advisory Council. He led the establishment of ArbNet and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative.

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Martin Gibson

Martin
Gibson

Director

Martin is an experienced small business accountant and advisor with a deep interest in active conservation. He chairs the Finance Committee. He is a trustee of several other charities where he looks for robust financial management and strong governance.

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Charlotte Grezo

Dr. Charlotte
Grezzo

Director

Dr. Grezzo is a member of Global Sustainable Capital Management Limited’s Investment & Risk Committee and heads their Sustainability work. She is on the Board of Fauna and Flora International and a member of the BBC Sustainability Advisory Group.

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Kathy MacKinnon

Dr. Kathleen
Mackinnon

Director

Dr. Mackinnon is Vice Chair (Biodiversity and Climate Change) of the IUCN/World Commission on Protected Areas. She has worked extensively with international and national conservation NGOs, as well as government agencies in developing countries.

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Michael Murphy

Michael
Murphy

Director

Michael is the Chief Development Officer at The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He has extensive international experience in advancement, fundraising, marketing, management, strategic planning, and communications.

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Ghillean Prance

Sir Ghillean
Prance

Director

Sir Ghillean Prance was Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 1988-1999. His life’s work has focused on ensuring global sustainability and management of the environment through increasing our knowledge of the plant kingdom.

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Anna
Quenby

Director

Anna was Head of Public Relations and Corporate Operations at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She is responsible for advice and support to BGCI across all areas of communication.

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Beth
Rothschild

Director

Beth Rothschild is a graduate of Kew’s Horticulture Diploma course, and is a keen horticulturist and gardener. Beth is passionate about botanic gardens, and their role in inspiring people through horticulture.

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Peter Wyse Jackson

Peter
Wyse Jackson

Director

Peter Wyse Jackson is the Director of Missouri Botanical Garden and George Englemann Professor of Botany, Washington University in St. Louis. In 1987, he joined IUCN where he helped to establish the international network organization for botanic gardens that became BGCI.

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