Thursday, May 30, 2024

New CEO for Sydney botanic gardens

The Botanic Gardens of Sydney has a new Chief Executive, with Simon Duffy AM announced in the role today.

Mr Duffy (pictured) will join the Gardens from Taronga Zoo, where he spent the last 27 years leading education, tourism, science, conservation, place-making, and fundraising initiatives.

In a statement, the NSW Government said the appointment was aligned with, and reinforces, the Botanic Gardens of Sydney’s position as a global leader in biodiversity, sustainability, scientific research and conservation, as well as its significance as a cherished destination for families, nature-lovers, scientists and tourists alike.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister, Paul Scully said Mr Duffy brings to the role exceptional experience and a visionary approach to creating and communicating biodiversity projects on a local, national, and international level.

“The appointment of Simon Duffy AM to the role of Chief Executive of the Botanic Gardens is an important appointment for the future of this much-loved public space,” said Mr Scully.

“Mr Duffy’s passion, leadership and experience position him well to lead the Gardens team and the Gardens themselves into the future, continuing the outstanding work in scientific research, sustainability, biodiversity conservation and nurturing some of Sydney’s most iconic public spaces.”

In 2019, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his work in conservation in both Australia and Africa.

Mr Duffy said he was extremely excited to be joining the Botanic Gardens of Sydney team.

“What an opportunity to work with Australia’s oldest scientific institution and a team that conducts critical research and action for plant and biodiversity conservation,” he said.

“As part of the Gardens team, I look forward to championing critical science and education programs and preserving the natural beauty of the Gardens for future generations so we can continue to lead and inspire our community towards a better, brighter, and more sustainable future.”

Mr Duffy will commence in the role on Monday 3 June.

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