The Director is the leading spokesperson and advocate for the Garden; responsible for strategic vision and development, short and long-term planning, fiscal and commercial business matters, operational management and oversight, stakeholder and funder relations, organisational policies, personnel functions, facilities, and health and safety.
Dr Lucy Sutherland joined the National Botanic Garden of Wales as Director in October 2022.
Joining the Botanic Garden from her role as a Strategic Consultant to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust which manages the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, Dr Sutherland is an experienced executive with global knowledge of botanic gardens with a strong record of partnership building and leading highly effective stakeholder engagement across government, industry, academia and the not-for-profit sectors.
Dr Sutherland is an Honorary Professor at the University of Adelaide and was previously the Director of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium in South Australia, Acting Director of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the National Co-ordinator of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership.
Lucy maintains wide interests outside the environmental sector, including having volunteered for organisations supporting migrants and refugees and those with HIV/Aids, and she was recently a non-Executive Director on the Board of Siblings Australia, supporting siblings of people with disabilities. Lucy is also passionate about architecture, heritage, art, books and unsurprisingly plants and gardens!