Skip to main content

Meet the people behind Plantlife

Meet the people behind Plantlife. We are passionate about raising awareness of the importance of plants and fungi and inspiring people to take action.

Meet our President and Vice-President

Philip Mould.

Philip Mould OBE – President 

Philip’s love for conservation began as a child when he developed a keen interest in wild plants. This enthusiasm has continued to grow throughout his life. Philip became President of Plantlife in 2010 and a Fellow of the Linnaean Society two years later.  

Away from conservation, Philip is an expert on British portrait painting and spent 20 years as art adviser to the Houses of Parliament. He is an experienced communicator and has written art-related books. These include ‘Sleuth: The Amazing Quest for Lost Art Treasures’ and ‘Sleepers: In Search of Lost Old Masters’. Philip is also a respected broadcaster who regularly writes for the national press.  

As well as running a West End art gallery, Philip often appears on ‘The Antiques Roadshow’. He also writes and presents the Channel 4 series ‘Changing Faces’, and co-presents a prime time art discovery programme on BBC1 called ‘Fake or Fortune?’


Rachel de Thame – Vice-President 

Rachel is a familiar face on the small screen who is well-known for her appearances on ‘Gardener’s World’. She also co-hosts major RHS gardening shows such as the Chelsea Flower Show, Malvern Flower Show, Hampton Court Flower Show and BBC Gardeners World Live.  

An experienced broadcaster, Rachel has fronted two series of her own – ‘Gardening with the Experts’ and ‘Small Town Gardens’. She also regularly travels the UK to film ITV’s ‘Countrywise’.  

On the airwaves, Rachel has appeared on ‘A Good Read’ and ‘Great Lives’, and as a guest on ‘Essential Classics’ and ‘Woman’s Hour’. She also inspires the listeners of many BBC local radio stations by regularly sharing her expertise during their gardening slots. 

Elsewhere, Rachel has written ‘Small Town Gardener’ and ‘Rachel de Thame’s Top 100 Star Plants’. She co-authored ‘Gardening with the Experts’ and contributed to ‘Moving on Up’. Rachel also writes a regular column for the ‘Sunday Times’. 

Meet our Trustees

David Daniels


Hien Luong.

Hien Luong

Vice Chair

Philip Wilson

Prof Sallie Bailey

Dr Julia Knights

Tony Payne.

Tony Payne

Sally Thomas.

Sally Thomas

Tim Jones.

Tim Jones

Jill Kowal.

Jill Kowal 

James Jansen.

James Jansen 

Amy Hammond.

Amy Hammond 

Meet our Senior Leadership Team

Ian Dunn.

Ian Dunn

Chief Executive

A person wearing glasses smiling

Nicola Hutchinson

Director of Conservation

A person wearing glasses, yellow bandana smiling

Vickie Wood

Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications

Peter Dorans

Director of Business Development