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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.

Tom La Dell

Tom is a landscape architect and ecologist with over forty year’s experience as a consultant in his own practice and in the public sector.  My degree was in Botany (now Plant Sciences) and I studied landscape architecture after that to discover how to design places and habitats which are great for both people and wildlife. This took me away from my original interest in breeding crop plants but this then eventually drew me to the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale some thirty years ago.  I prepared proposals in the 1990s for a series of gardens to tell the story of fruit history and fruit diversity with the pomologist and fruit historian Joan Morgan and these were published in The Garden in 1994.

I started what became Brogdale Collections with my wife to ensure continued public access to the National Fruit Collection at a time of crisis for the long term future of the NFC and public access to it.  The public involvement included the education programme to tell the stories around the NFC.  These include fruit and food for the future, the importance of genetic diversity in a world of environmental change (the NFC is a genetic resource for breeding future food varieties), the origins of crop plants, the importance of fruit in our diet and health and just the joys of eating fruit.  We are working to bring this to reality with our education programmes and gardens.

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.

Sue Nelson

Sue Nelson is Chief Executive and founder of the Breakthrough Funding Group and the Founder and Head of TLA FoodTech. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and was awarded the Kent Business Woman of the Year in 2017 and has won many other awards. She is the author of ten books including FoodTech UK, which was published in 2017. She has appeared as a guest on every national television and radio news programme in the UK from CNN, Sky News and Radio 4’s Today Programme to BBC Breakfast, Farming Today and The Food Programme and is currently the presenter of The FoodTalk Show.

Sue has been a governor in the education sector most notably on the board of the University for the Creative Arts under Chairman Loyd Grossman. She has been a Non-Executive Director of the environment and land-based sector skills council, Lantra and worked extensively with central government in an advisory capacity at Minister level. Sue is passionate about growing small businesses and making sure they gain the funding they deserve. The Breakthrough Group has gained £40 million in funding for SMEs in the last three years.

Michael Trigg

Philippa Carrick

Philippa is CEO of Tibet Relief Fund, an international development charity that has been working with Tibetans in exile since 1959; the charity now works with Tibetans in India, Nepal and inside Tibet. She has been in post since 2002 and overseen the growth of the charity’s work and staff base. This has been achieved through initiating a fundraising strategy, keeping abreast of social media and online opportunities and putting in place programme management processes for better understanding of needs and implementation of projects.

Philippa makes field visits to India and Nepal twice a year to both assess project work and maintain good communications with partner agencies and beneficiaries. She is also closely involved with the charity’s large youth programme, Empowering the Vision, that is managed by a Tibetan run office in Delhi.

Previously Philippa has been CEO of Tibet Society, the world’s oldest Tibet support group that works on advocacy to  raise awareness of Tibet within Parliament, Foreign Office and the public.  She has also been a member of the Steering Committee for the International Tibet Network and administrator for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet.

Philippa moved to Faversham in 2015 and enjoys the local activities at hand. She has had a long interest in environmental issues and preservation of disappearing resources.