Public appointment: Trustee reappointed to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Board

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The Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Mairi McAllan MSP, today announced the reappointment of Dr Ian Jardine to the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).


Dr Iain Jardine worked in the field of biodiversity conservation and wildlife management at Scottish and European level for 26 years.  He has been Chief Executive of a  Non-Departmental public body in Scotland and has expertise in the areas of corporate governance and risk management.  Dr Jardine chairs the Audit Committee at RBGE.


The appointment will be for four years and runs from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2027.

The reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Remuneration and time commitment

Trustees commit to working ten days per year.  Trustee appointments are non-remunerated.

Other ministerial appointments

Dr Jardine does not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Dr Jardine has had no political activity within the last five years.


The RBGE is recognised as one of the top four Botanic gardens in the world.  Its mission is “to explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future.”  It contributes significantly to the Scottish Government’s National outcomes, not only though protecting and enhancing our environment, but also in the fields of economic development, education and skills development, social inclusion and international cooperation.  As RBGE begins the most significant initiative in its history: the Edinburgh Biomes project will guarantee that its science and research remain resolutely focused on tackling the global biodiversity crisis and the climate emergency.

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