Visitors of the Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum

The purpose of the Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum is to assemble, maintain, and exhibit the University’s collection of plants at the Botanic Garden, the Glasshouses, and Harcourt Arboretum, and to promote research, teaching, conservation, and public education based on the garden’s collections.


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Membership as at TT 2023 is as follows

  Name Office or Appointing Body Until
[1] Professor John Geddes Department of Psychiatry      a person appointed by the Vice-Chancellor, who shall be chair of the committee  
[2] Mr Richard Ovenden, Bodleian Librarian and Professorial Fellow the Head of Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM)  ex officio
 [3] tbc  one of the Proctors or the Assessor as may be agreed between them ex officio
 [4] Professor Professor Lars Østergaard, Magdalen the Sherardian Professor of Botany, who shall be called Keeper of the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum ex officio
 [5] Professor Andrew Hector, Department of Biology a person appointed by the Department of Plant Sciences TT 2026

Professor Paul Smith, Director, Museum of Natural History, University of Oxford

the Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History ex officio

Professor John Geddes, Department of Psychiatry

Professor Fiona Stafford, Faculty of English 

Professor Yadvinder Malhi, School of Geography and the Environment 

Up to four persons appointed by Council, ensuring a balance of representation from across the four academic divisions HT 2026

Co-opted (Ensuring that the number of external Visitors is not greater than the number of internal Visitors, the Visitors may co-opt up to five additional members, who may be internal or external, and who need not be members of Congregation to provide specific skills not covered by existing appointments)





Secretary:  Professor Simon Hiscock, Director of the Botanic Garden and Arboretum


For the regulations of the Committee of the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretem please click here:


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Professor Simon Hiscock

Director of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretem