Chris Brickell (Chairman Emeritus)
A founder member of HORTAX, Chris was Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society from 1985 to 1993 and prior to that was Director of Wisley (1969-1985) and its Senior Scientific Officer and Botanist (1960-1969). He was Chairman of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Commission for Nomenclature and Registration from 1972 to 2000 and has been Chairman of the IUBS Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants since 1979, chairing the Editorial Committee of that Commission for the 1980, 1995 and 2004 editions of the 'Cultivated Plant Code'. He also chaired the RHS Advisory Panel on Nomenclature and Taxonomy from 1994 to 2002 and is a member of a number of RHS Plant and Trials Committees as well as serving on the UK Plant Breeders' Rights Controller's Advisory Panel for herbaceous plants (Plant Variety Rights Office). He is interested in the conservation of both wild and cultivated plants and in 1978 he initiated the formation of the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG) and the establishment of National Plant Collections.
Chris was the President and Chairman of the Board of the ISHS (1998-2002), having been a Vice-Chairman of the Board responsible for Scientific Affairs from 1994 to 1998. He was also a UK Council Member of ISHS (1972-1999) and has been a member of ISHS since 1968. He was elected a Fellow of ISHS followed by Honorary Membership of the Society in 2002.
A past Trustee of RBG Kew and RBG Edinburgh, he has published many botanical and horticultural papers and articles, particularly on monocotyledonous genera and Daphne as well as on horticultural taxonomy, and is the author of a number of books on botanical and horticultural topics. Until 2005 he was consultant Editor of The Plantsman, and he has also edited horticultural and botanical books.
He has led and taken part in a number of botanical expeditions to China, Georgia, Central Asia, Sikkim, Turkey, Greece and Patagonia, and continues to maintain his involvement in nomenclature, taxonomy, and the stabilisation of plant names. Current research projects include the genera Colchicum, Galanthus, Anemone, Polygonatum and Daphne.