Glenn Fenton, President
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, Vice President
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.
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.
Nick Hutchinson, Director
General Manager, Fernland, Yandina, Queensland
Nick has been working in horticulture since 1989, when he and his father ran Oakwood Flower Wholesalers in England. Nick and his father started out buying flowers from a local wholesaler, before importing flowers from the Channel Islands and then Kenya. Nick has held various roles across the globe including Winchester Growers, the Dutch Flower Group in Holland, one of the biggest flower companies in the world, Butters Group, Ceder Hill group and now as the General Manager for Fernland in Queensland. Nick is committed to building stronger relationships with the state associations and to improve shipping times and costs for those businesses importing products into the country. As a self-described horticultural all-rounder Nick has visited all corners of the globe from Holland to Kenya to Ecuador seeking or selling cut flowers and plants.
Simon Smith, Director
Owner, The Plantsmith (Girraween Nursery), Howard Springs, Northern Territory
Simon was successfully reappointed to the Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA) Board of Directors for a one-year term at the 2022 November Annual General Meeting (AGM) after filling a casual vacancy earlier that year. Simon previously served on the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) board from 2012 to 2017, including a stint as Vice-President. Currently the President of NT Farmers, Simon has extensive industry experience and a keen interest in helping nurseries to grow their business with minimal impact on our unique Australian environment.
Jan Hards, Director
Special Counsel, Johnson Winter Slattery, Sydney, New South Wales
Jan Hards was appointed to the Greenlife Industry Australia Board of Directors in 2023. Jan is a corporate lawyer, with a background in representing clients in health care, funds management, energy, telecoms, fashion and financial services across London, Dubai and Australia. He also advises clients corporate governance, including company secretarial, constitutions and preparation of board documents. He holds degrees in legal practice, professional examination, and history.
David Lilja, Director
Founder, DLK Advisory, Melbourne, Victoria
David Lilja was appointed to the Greenlife Industry Australia Board of Directors in 2023. David is an experienced financial and commercial professional, spending over 25 years supporting a variety of clients. He has worked with Boards in a diverse range of organisations and industries including large listed and unlisted companies, the SME market, government, not-for-profits and family groups. He holds a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Taxation, and an MBA, and is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.