Following an extensive career in banking and media, Alessio joined the charity sector 11 years ago, holding senior fundraising positions at CHASE hospice care for children and the Royal Horticultural Society before moving to Kew in 2013. 

In July 2018 he also joins the board of trustees of Jane Goodall Institute, UK whilst also serving as a member of the Development Committee at the Orange Tree Theatre (Richmond, Surrey) and of the Advisory Board at Perfect Earth Project (East Hampton, NY). In his spare time, Alessio enjoys watching cabaret shows with his performer husband Paul.