Trustees

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Trustee Biographies 

Michael Prideaux has been Chairman of Trustees at Chelsea Physic Garden since January 2015 and a Trustee from July 2012.  He is currently Third Warden of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and a Trustee of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, where young goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewellers are trained.  He is also Chairman of the Old Etonian Association.

He spent much of his executive career at British American Tobacco, where he was a member of the Management Board and responsible for Corporate and Regulatory Affairs.

Colin Chisholm has had a long career in fund management, currently as an Investment Director at Rathbones and previously for many years at Jupiter Asset Management as Head of Private Clients and Charities. He is a Trustee of the Royal Society of Literature and sits on the investment committee of Eton College.  He is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & investment (MSCI).

Sukie Hemming has had a long career in the arts and heritage sectors, with particular focus on fundraising, most notably as Director of Development at the National Trust and the British Museum.   Her most recent appointment was as Director of Corporate Affairs at the British Museum.   She is a Trustee of English Heritage.

Paul Gray was appointed a Trustee in February 2017. He has over twenty years’ experience of working in the arts and heritage sectors, with specialisms in operations, commercial activity and marketing. He is currently Palaces Group Director for Historic Royal Palaces and has previously held roles at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the V&A and Turner Contemporary in Margate. Paul is also a member of St Paul’s Cathedral Council.

Tony Kirkham following an apprenticeship in the forestry industry and 2 years as an arborist, in 1978 Tony started at The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew on the 3 year Diploma course, graduating in 1981.In 2001 he became Head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services, responsible for the management and curation of over 14,000 trees in the collections and, since 2014, he curates and manages the hardy herbaceous collections as well.

He has participated and led several plant collecting expeditions to Chile and the Far East of Asia, including China, Taiwan, Japan, S. Korea and Russia. In 2004 he completed the revision of the “Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers” with Timber Press and more recently he authored Essential Pruning Techniques.

He featured in the BBC2 series “A Year at Kew” and presented the “Trees that made Britain” for BBC2. He represents Kew on the RHS Woody Plant committee and awards committee, the International Dendrology Society, and is a trustee of the Yorkshire Arboretum and TROBI, (Tree Register of the British Isles). He lectures internationally and regularly writes articles and papers. In 2009 he was awarded the Associate of Honour by the RHS for distinguished service to horticulture and Honorary Lifetime fellow of the Arboricultural Association.

Patricia Lankester works in the areas of learning and participation in cultural heritage, and grant-making.  She taught in North London comprehensive schools and also in the USA.  She has been Head of Education at the National Trust and Director of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and is a former Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Foundling Museum, the Sage Music Centre in Gateshead, the National Gallery and the Tate.

She is a current a Trustee of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and the Holburne Museum, Bath, a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Learning Panel and of the Tate Britain Advisory Council, a founder member of the Cultural Learning Alliance, and adviser to various grant making bodies.

Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd has run her landscape design business since 1969 designing over 400 gardens worldwide and in the UK, including six Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal gardens and best of show in 1998.  Her commissions range from small town gardens to large historical country landscapes, Mediterranean and tropical gardens, commercial projects including the roof garden at No. 1 Poultry in the City of London and the first large landscape for the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Charity in Dundee.  Currently she is working on large projects in the UK, Greece, Germany, the US and the Ukraine.

She is on the Council and on the Scientific Panel of the International Dendrology Society, a Trustee of The Tree Register and of the Yorkshire Arboretum, a member of the RHS Woody Plant Committee and Patron of the Painshill Trust.  She served as a Trustee of Kew Gardens for nine years, was a member of The Historic Parks and Gardens Panel of English Heritage – and sat on the Heritage Panel for six contemporary heritage gardens – and was a founding member of the Marin McLaren Horticultural Scholarship.

She was awarded Honorary Doctor of Design by the University of Greenwich where she is also a member of The Assembly and holds the RHS Veitch Memorial Medal for her work in horticulture.  She has written Traditional English Gardens, Private Gardens of London, a book on her work: Designing Gardens and lectured in the UK, Italy and the USA.  Arabella has spent the last 30 years building her own garden and arboretum at Gresgarth Hall, near Lancaster.

Michael McGonigle has been a Trustee of the Chelsea Physic Garden since 2014.  He has recently retired from an executive career in fund management and venture capital, principally in the property sector with Touche Remnant, Lazard Brothers and his own company Reach Consultants.  He had a long-term involvement with The Tussauds Group and the online gallery, DegreeArt.com and has held a number of non-executive positions as a Trustee and Director.

Nghi Nguyen has been a Trustee since May 2016 and lives locally.  Following a career in investment banking, he founded Velo, an innovative Vietnamese restaurant concept in London Bridge.  He worked in corporate finance for Salmon Smith Barney / Citigroup between 1998 – 2007, and for Goldman Sachs in its real estate private equity between 2007 – 2008.  He holds a BSc and MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Sarah Speller was appointed a Trustee of the Chelsea Physic Garden in May 2013. Sarah’s executive career was in legal and financial services, principally working at Schroders.  Latterly, Sarah has focussed on roles in the not-for-profit sector; she was a director of the Balance Charitable Foundation for Unclaimed Assets, a Trustee of Eureka! and has a particular interest in governance issues.