Greenlife Industry Australia Board
Karen Brock, President
Owner, Brocklands Pty Ltd, Winkleigh, Tasmania
Karen has an Advanced Diploma Horticulture and is a Nuffield Scholar (Australia). With over 25 years’ experience in Floriculture and Horticulture which also involved industry participation by serving as President of Nursery & Garden Industry Tasmania (NGIT) for six years and a standing committee member of Agrifoods Skills Council for four years. She was appointed to the NGIA Board on 25 November 2014 and has held the role of President since 14 November 2017.
Brian Acworth, AM, Vice President
Director, Loganholme Nursery & Landscape Centre, Queensland
Brian is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia with 30 years industry experience. He serves on the John James Memorial Foundation Board and has been Chairman and member of a range of government & community committees & organisations. He sat as Head of Government Business for Westpac Bank (1996-2011) and has considerable board, governance, private enterprise & government experience. He is acknowledged for his integrity and his personal, government and business networks in the ACT and Queensland.
Dr Davina Boyd, Director
Research Fellow, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
Davina is an applied social researcher and development practitioner with broad experience working on development projects internationally and in Australia. Currently, her focus is on agricultural development projects in Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farming communities through sustainable intensification, small enterprise development and improved food security. She is committed to projects that have practical outcomes and thrives working cross-culturally and collaboratively, and is adept at managing complexity. She is active in her community, and chairs her local community garden.
Dr Josh Byrne, Director
Director, Josh Byrne & Associates, Fremantle, Western Australia
Josh is an environmental scientist, landscape designer, author, television presenter and research academic with 20 years’ experience in the industry. He holds a PhD, a Bachelor of Science with Honours, and Diplomas for Landscape and Amenity Horticulture. Josh has held multiple advisory roles with both government and industry including on the Industry Advisory Committee with Horticulture Australia (now Hort Innovation).
Glenn Fenton, Director
Managing Director of Nationwide Trees Pty Ltd, Piedmont, Victoria
Glenn has a Bachelor of Social Science and a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management. He is a 26-year veteran of the Australian Army and has 16 years industry experience and deep understanding of the supply chain. Glenn served on Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) Board including as President from 2010 to 2012. From 2010 to 2013 he served time as a Director and Vice President for the NGIA Board and sat as the Board representative on the Nursery Industry Advisory Committee with Horticulture Australia. Glenn has represented the industry with MIFGS since 2010, and currently sits as Chairman.
Ben Grange, Director
National Sales & Marketing Manager, Grange Growing Solutions, Ebenezer NSW
Ben has over twenty years’ experience in the industry and currently oversees the National Sales and Marketing for the family business, Grange Growing Solutions. He has been presented with multiple community and industry awards for outstanding service and spent six years as a Director of the Nursery & Garden Industry of NSW and ACT Board which has helped lay the foundations of professional corporate governance. He was appointed to the National Nursery & Garden Industry Australia Board in November 2017 and currently sits on the Governance Committee for the National Farm Management System.
Alistair Hill, Director
Chairman, Immij, Mt Waverley, Victoria
Alistair is an experienced executive and director of ASX Listed Public company, Private company and Not For Profit organisations with over thirty years experience in growing, merging and takeovers of small to large entities. He is Chairman of Immij, a provider of printed plant labels, tags, seed & bulb packets and packaging and media services to the Greenlife Industry. Recently, Alistair was Chairman of The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal (Southern Region) and a member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board in addition to being on the Advisory Board of Shop a Docket. He holds a business degree, is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant (FCPA) and a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).