Trustees’ biographies

Martyn Liberson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Director, Emms Gilmore Liberson, Solicitors
Solicitor, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Master of Laws (LLM), ADR accredited mediator, member Property Litigation Association and RICS Dilapidations Forum.
Expert in property law, property management, dispute resolution and litigation.

Peter White, Deputy Chairman
Director, Fresh Life Consulting and an Associate of L&R Consulting.
MA Town and Regional Planning, an expert in the re-use of historic buildings, development of financially sustainable schemes for socially worthwhile activities, area based regeneration strategies and business planning.  In-depth knowledge of funding, project appraisal, financial and project management.

Victor Aspland, Trustee, Horticulture
President, The Cyclamen Society
Senior Manager and Industrial Chemist (retired), Albright & Wilson Ltd.
CChem, MRSC
Over 50 years expertise in horticulture, plantsmanship and the genus Cyclamen.  Plant explorer and lecturer at national and international level.

Dr Barry Leadbeater, Trustee, Education
Authority on cryptogamic botany (spore-bearing plants) and Protozoa
Reader in Protistology, Birmingham University (retired).  Past President of the Systematics Association, British Phycological Society and British Society for Protist Biology
PhD, DSc London University
Expert in Biology, Natural Sciences and Education.

Amit Sharma, Trustee, Information Technology
Director, Business Development, Inco Software Solutions
BEng and BCom, Manufacturing, Engineering and Commerce
Expert in supporting organisations with the creation of innovative web, digital and marketing solutions.

John Taylor, Trustee, Operations
Board Member, Cadbury (retired); British Athletics Association (retired); Chairman Birmingham and Solihull LiFTCo Ltd and Prima 200 Ltd – public/private partnerships in Health Construction, Non-executive Director Midlands and Lancashire CSU NHS.
Expert in leadership, business strategy and project management.

Harjinder Kang, Trustee
Managing Consultant, PA Consulting Group; Non-Executive Senior Independent Director, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust; Global Commercial Director, AstraZeneca (retired)
Leadership for High Potentials, Harvard; MBA, Warwick; Diploma in Marketing, CIM; BA (Hons) Keele
Expert in Global Sales, Marketing, Planning and Controls Frameworks, Project Management, General Management

Darren Share
Assistant Director for Birmingham City Council.
MBA qualifications in Horticulture, Arboriculture, Groundsmanship and Waste Management.
Over 30 years experience in Environmental Management, mainly connected to amenity horticulture and Parks.  Currently a National Britain in Bloom judge for the RHS.

James Brown
James Brown is an expert in building and surveying, having served for 17 years in the construction industry. A lifelong resident of Birmingham, James is hugely proud of our city and its evolution and he sees the Botanical Gardens as such an important part of our heritage. A lover of nature and wildlife, he strongly believes that gardens and nature, in general, bring so much pleasure to people and is the best antidote to the fast-pace and pressure of living in today’s digital world. James’s skills and advice will be hugely helpful in developing our ongoing project to restore our listed buildings here at the Gardens.

Caroline Clutton-Brock

Over 30 years’ experience in sales and marketing in the retail and cosmetics industry.  Previous National Account Manager at Yves Saint Laurent Beaute.  Expertise in event management and customer relations management. Chair of Friends, Birmingham Botanical Gardens.  Previous Non-executive Director Trading Company, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Chair of Enterprises, Birmingham Botanical Gardens