Sue BiggsDirector General, Royal Horticultural Society
Sue joined the RHS, the UK’s leading gardening charity, as Director General in August 2010 with 30 years’ of experience in the international leisure industry, predominantly at leading flagship long-haul tour operator, Kuoni Travel.
In June 2014 Sue announced the RHS’ ambitious 10-year Strategic Investment Programme of £160 million. Its aim is to enable the charity to provide even better inspiration and advice for more people – both its members and the British gardening public. It will also enable the charity to broaden its appeal and raise the profile and impact of every aspect of horticulture and includes the opening of a new RHS garden at Bridgewater; and creating the country’s first National Centre of Horticulture Science and Learning at RHS Garden Wisley. The £160 million investment is key to help the charity to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.
Recently under Sue’s direction, the RHS has tried to become more inclusive and has launched campaigns such as Greening Grey Britain. Today the RHS has over 490,000 members, the highest in its history. The charity also engages and inspires millions more people at its gardens, shows and libraries, through community and school campaigns and via its website, social media, publications and the media.
Sue was awarded a CBE for services to the environment in the January 2017 New Year’s Honours List.