Victoria is a founder member of HORTAX and was secretary to the Group from 2007 to 2014.
After working for eight years on the Flora of Turkey project at the University of Edinburgh, she was appointed cultivated plant taxonomist at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (1974-1986). At the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew she took over the Editorship of The Kew Magazine (now Curtis's Botanical Magazine) (1989-1993) and then began work with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) where she launched and edited The New Plantsman. In 1994 she moved to the USA where she became the RHS International Registrar for Clematis and in 2002 returned to the UK where she also took over the registration of Lilium. She has written botanical and horticultural books and papers, and has contributed to a number of books. She was an editor of the first edition of the European Garden Flora Vols 1-5 and wrote generic accounts for all six Volumes. Her botanical interests include Liliaceae, Clematis, Saxifraga and climbing plants.
Victoria has travelled to many parts of the world, collecting (with Permit!) and photographing plants. She has led botanical tours to the Caucasus and south-west China. Now retired, she continues to travel in search of plants and also edits horticultural and botanical books.