Alumnus lands top job at RBG Melbourne

Tim EntwisleThe recently appointed new Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens is alumnus Professor Tim Entwisle, the internationally respected scientist and scientific communicator. Professor Entwisle completed a PhD BioSc (Botany) at La Trobe University in 1986.

Professor Entwisle is currently the Director of Conservation, Living Collections and Estates at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (UK) and was previously Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney.  He will take up his new role in March 2013.

Elaine Canty, Chairman of the Royal Botanic Gardens Board Victoria, said that she and the Board were delighted that Professor Entwisle had accepted the role.

“We were determined to find an exceptional candidate to lead the Royal Botanic Gardens into the future and I have no doubt that Tim is the right person for the job.”

“With his extensive experience in the management of some of the world’s most influential botanic gardens, his impressive scientific credentials, and his infectious enthusiasm for plants and the environment, I’m confident that Tim will enjoy significant successes at the Gardens.”

Professor Entwisle said he could not miss the opportunity to lead an organisation that was so close to his heart. “I’m thrilled to be returning to Melbourne to head up one of the world’s great botanic gardens. The impeccably landscaped garden in South Yarra, now coupled with the inspirational Australian Garden at Cranbourne, is a potent mix. Add to this the rich botanical collections and world-class expertise, and the attraction is irresistible.”

“While I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years at Kew as Director of Conservation, Living Collections and Estates – looking after more than half of the world’s most famous botanic garden – I am keen to return to Australia and to ‘captain the ship’. I’m also keen to return to the home of the world’s second best coffee, after Italy.”

Professor Entwisle was appointed after a highly competitive international recruitment process that commenced earlier this year following the announcement of the retirement of the current Director and Chief Executive, Dr Philip Moors.