Dame Mary has been the University’s figurehead for eight years. She continues with official engagements until she retires from the role at the end of the academic year.
Alan Titchmarsh was appointed an MBE for services to horticulture and broadcasting in the 2000 New Year Honours list and became a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Hampshire in 2001. In 2004 he was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s highest accolade – the Victoria Medal of Honour – for outstanding services to horticulture.
In 2009 he was made a Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society and in 2013 he became its first Ambassador. He is patron or president of over 50 charities and organisations.
Alan began his career as an apprentice gardener at the age of 15 before going into print and then broadcast journalism. Since then he has written over 50 gardening books and nine novels. He writes regularly in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and Country Life, as well as being gardening correspondent for the Daily Express and Sunday Express. He has a weekly comment page in the Sunday Telegraph.
He has presented the BBC’s annual coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show for 30 years, and hosts his own radio show on Classic FM on Saturday mornings. There have also been 15 series of his ITV1 chat programme The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
“I am delighted to have been asked to become the next Chancellor of the University of Winchester,” said Alan. “I have long admired the University’s ethos and reputation and I look forward to a long and happy association. I feel hugely honoured.”
Dame Mary continues her connection with the University as Chancellor Emeritus. She said: “It has been a privilege to be so closely associated with the University of Winchester for the past eight years. The University has grown from strength to strength largely due to the inspiration of Vice-Chancellor Joy Carter and her team, both in the significance of its academic research and the successes of its students.
“I am delighted with the appointment of Alan Titchmarsh as my successor and I am sure he will be a splendid Chancellor.”