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We are a non-profit community organisation, incorporated under the ACT Associations Incorporations Act 1991.

Our administering body is the Friends’ Council, which consists of 9 elected members and ex officio (non voting) members. Council members are elected at our Annual General Meeting; the most recent was on 19 October 2016. Current Council members are:

Executive members

President: Lesley Jackman
Vice President: David Cox
Secretary: David Coutts (Acting)
Treasurer: Helen Elliot

Non-executive members

Christianna Cobbold, Jan Finley, Rita Maclachlan, Jonette McDonnell, David More,

Ex officio members

Gardens’ Executive Director: Judy West
Gardens’ General Manager: Peter Byron
Gardens’ Friends Liaison: Steve Speer
Gardens’ staff representative: Rosella Hampshire
Friends’ past president: David Coutts
Fronds representative: Barbara Podger
Website representative Alan Munns
Guides' conference 2017 Glenys Bishop

Patrons

Our Patron is Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove Our Vice Patron is Mrs Marlena Jeffery
Portrait of Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove Portrait of Mrs Marlena Jeffery

Subcommittees and Special Interest Groups 2016-2017

A number of sub-groups arrange activities for the Friends, and various committees are appointed by Council. Key members are:

Botanic Art groups

Helen Hinton (botanicart@friendsanbg.org.au),  Robin McKeown ((02) 6251 6249)

Growing Friends

Kath Holtzapffel (6281 5817), Yvonne Robinson (0423 054 013)

Guides

Christianna Cobbold (6291 6396), Harley Dadswell (booked walks) (bookedwalks@friendsanbg.org.au)

Flowers, Fruit & Foliage

Ros Walcott (6161 2742) - formerly In Flower This Week

IT Advisers

David More, Les Fielke

Membership

Lesley Harland, Pam Cooke (membership@friendsANBG.org.au)

Fronds Newsletter

Barbara Podger, Anne Rawson, Cathy Robertson, Pam Rooney, Denis Warne (newsletter@friendsanbg.org.au)

Photographic Group

David Cox (convenor), Jim Gould (secretary), Brian Moir (membership), Brenda Runnegar (publicity), Graham Brown and Bill Hall (general members) (photo@friendsanbg.org.au)

Plant Science Group

Anne Campbell (plantscience@friendsanbg.org.au)

Projects

David Coutts (convenor), Dennis Ayliffe, Jeff Brown, Anne Campbell,  Kristiane Herrmann,  Ian Primrose, Peter Sesterka

Schools Photo Competition

Cecilia Melano (schoolphoto@friendsanbg.org.au)

Seedy Volunteers

John Fitzgerald (Co-ordinator)

Social Events and Activities

Trisha Morton, John Connolly, Jan Finley, Fran Johnson, Marion Jones, Jonette McDonnell, Alan Munns, Barbara Podger

Thursday Talks

Sue Serjeantson (0418 622 743), Linda Beveridge, Max Bourke, Jan Finley, Doug Laing

Website

Alan Munns, Jill More, David More, Jane Keogh, Judy Collett, Diana Kirby (website@friendsANBG.org.au)

 

Friends' Council Members 2016-17 (Photo: Alan Munns)
Friends' Council Members 2016-17 (Photo: Alan Munns)

Clockwise from rear left: Rita Maclachlan, David More, Jan Finley, Helen Elliot, David Cox, Lesley Jackman, Christianna Cobbold (absent Jonette McDonnell).

Documents

Minutes of Friends' Council Meetings:

2017

 

Minutes archive

 

28th Annual General Meeting, 19 October 2016

 

AGM archive

Annual General Meetings: Archive

 

Other documents

Friends Constitution 2015 This new Constitution was agreed by members at the 2015 AGM and came into effect in November 2015.

Friends’ Strategic Plan 2016–2020 Approved by Friends Council in September 2016

Friends’ comments on draft ANBG Management Plan, January 2012

Guidelines for the Friends to fund projects in the ANBG

Memorandum of Understanding between Director of National Parks and Friends of the ANBG Revised 21 July 2016

A Short History of the Friends by Don Beer February 2015

Australian alpine plant research, conservation and management. Published by the Friends of the ANBG, October 2014

 

Presentations

David Coutts' paper at ANPC conference October 2012