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 and 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 acknowledged for his integrity and his personal, government and business networks in the ACT and Queensland.


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 and 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
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 and 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.