Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas

Head of Development

The Head of Development creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which may include major gifts, corporate donations, grant solicitation, and in-kind resources.

Rob’s career has been divided between the private and public sectors. Having worked in financial services, manufacturing, media and music, Rob joined the International Division of the Welsh Development Agency in 1994. In 2003 he became Chief Executive of the newly formed Wales Trade International within the Assembly Government. In the “post quango” world, he served as Head of Trade for International Business Wales and later took responsibility for establishing the Government’s media development organisation, Creative Business Wales.

Rob was seconded to the National Botanic Garden of Wales in March 2010, since which time he has been engaged in strategic development, planning and fund raising. He formally joined the Garden staff in January 2012 as Head of Development and currently champions its £7.2 million Regency restoration heritage project, which is the largest of its type in Wales.

An accomplished communicator, Rob has published numerous articles in academic and mainstream publications, been a blogger for university alumni magazine Oxford Today and has written a number of feature film screenplays for mainstream and children’s audiences. He has recently scripted and produced a 30-minute documentary film about the creators of the Garden’s historic, Middleton Hall estate for television broadcast.

Rob is a Modern Languages graduate of Oriel College Oxford.