Superintendents of the University Parks

University Parks has appointed a Superintendent since 1866. Dan Winter the current superintendent, deals with the day-to-day running and development of the Parks. He also manages the team of gardeners that maintain the University Parks and over 200 other green spaces across the city.

The first Superintendent of University Parks was William Baxter (1816 – 1890). Baxter first worked as Superintendent of the Oxford Botanic Garden and held the position at University Parks until shortly before his death.

William Baxter succeeded his father (also William Baxter 1787 – 1871) as Superintendent of the Botanic Garden, a role appointed to him in 1813. William Baxter (senior) wrote British Phaenogamous Botany or Figures and Descriptions of the Genera of British Flowering Plants, which was published in six volumes between 1834 and 1843.


1866 - 1890           William Baxter
1890 - 1892           Joseph Elham
1892 - 1919           Henry Mount
1919 - 1965           Gilbert Morris
1966 - 1976           Jack Burton
1976 - 1991           Tom Hall
1991 - 2017           Walter Sawyer 
2017 - Present      Dan Winter