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The Trustees

Alan Roe

Alan is the Chair of Trustees at Brogdale Collections, he joined them in early 2012

Alan formed his business ARA Associates, after being a Director of the Royal Horticultural Society. As the first Commercial Director, he was brought in to develop the commercial strategies for the RHS, including catering, visitor services, events, publishing and retail. The latter won “Best in the UK” awards at Wisley in 2004 and at Rosemoor in 2006.

ARA Associates is an independent consultancy for cultural and heritage sites, education and tourism. Projects have been in the UK, and throughout Europe – in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Austria, Italy and Croatia. They have been widely praised and have won many prizes. He often is asked to speak at conferences and events.

Alan is a Trustee of Garden Organic, and is the Chair of the commercial Board of Garden Organic, as well as for the Museum of London. He was a Director of Slow Food for 6 years.

As a Trustee of Brogdale Collections, Alan holds specific responsibilities for supporting the evolving site as a visitor attraction and also supports in the Grants and Trusts applications.

Tony Hillier

Tony is one of the founding Trustees of Brogdale Collections which was first set up to ensure continuity of access for the public to the National Fruit Collection. (NFC)

His background has been in property development and investment in Kent over the past 35 years and his Companies have always been closely associated with quality of design of landscape and the built environment.

It was this connection which led his company to acquire Brogdale Farm from the Duchy of Cornwall in 1999, whose ownership reflected Prince Charles personal interest in the protection and preservation of the NFC.

Over the last eight years Tony has overseen a period of active management and investment in the  Brogdale site which has given a more attractive showcase for the Collections and for visitors.

His aspiration remains to see the NFC continue to become more valued and appreciated by the general public and through this to secure a sustainable long term future for the Living Collection at Brogdale.

As a Trustee of Brogdale Collections Tony has a particular interest in Education, he works with the management team to further this area.

John Watkins

John is Head of English Heritage’s Gardens and Landscape Team which provides specialist advice and technical guidance on the maintenance and management of historic parks and gardens, as well as designed landscape specific policy advice.

He is a professional horticulturist with some 35 years experience. He was Senior Lecturer at Hadlow College in Kent and has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Edinburgh and Kew, the National Trust for Scotland and the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley and Hyde Hall.

He was on the management board of Plant Network, and the Kent Gardens Trust and whilst Chair of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust secured £7M (including HLF funding) to enable the Trust to be independent and secure.

He both writes and lectures on plants and historic gardens and their management, including the Glasshouse Garden published by Conran Octopus and jointly edited and contributed to the English Heritage Manual: The Management & Maintenance of Historic Parks, Gardens & Landscapes.

He has served as an examiner for the Royal Horticultural Society examinations and represented English Heritage on the ODPM Green Flag Board.

He has been closely involved with a number of high profile restoration projects at: Chiswick Park, Down House, Eltham Palace, Wrest Park, Witley Court and Kenilworth Castle. Working with partners across the horticultural sector he established and secured HLF funding to establish the Historic and Botanic Gardens Bursary Scheme that places young people in gardens to receive practical training in gardens across the UK.

As a Trustee of Brogdale Collections, John holds specific responsibility for advice in all areas of Grants and Trusts.

Rosanna Mesquita

Rosanna joined the Brogdale Collections Trustees in  February 2013

She originally qualified as a solicitor before working in the international arena; she has a wide range of experience having worked for non-governmental organisations and inter-governmental organizations, as well as the UK Government.

She has been living in Faversham for the last 12 years with her family and has a love of horticulture and display gardens.   

As a Trustee of Brogdale Collections, Rosanna holds specific responsibilities for Volunteer Development.

Tom La Dell

Michael Trigg

Michael is a Partner and Solicitor with Gill Turner Tucker Solicitors in Maidstone and specialises in all aspects of Employment Law, Claims & Disputes and Trust work.

Michael grew up in Middlesbrough.  He graduated from Leeds Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and also completed his Legal Practice Course there. Michael qualified as a Solicitor in 1985 after training with a London firm. 

He then worked in London before joining Gill Turner Tucker in 1987 and becoming a Partner in the Firm in 1989.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys country walks and real ale (usually combined), reading, films and football (which is not easy being a “Boro” fan)!