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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 11 November 2021. Current Council members are:

Executive members

President: Neville Page
Vice President: Linda Beveridge
Secretary: Lynden Ayliffe
Treasurer: Anne Holmes

Non-executive members

Wanda Filsell, Alan Henderson, Lesley King, Kerry Moir, Beth Tyerman

Ex officio members

Gardens’ Executive Director: Judy West
Gardens’ General Manager: Peter Byron
Gardens’ Friends Liaison: Megan Menz
Friends’ past president: Max Bourke

Subcommittees and Special Interest Groups 2021-2022

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

Botanic Art Group

Wendy Antoniak (botanicart@friendsanbg.org.au)


Wanda Filsell, David More (bulletin@friendsanbg.org.au)

Flowers, Fruit & Foliage

Ros Walcott (6161 2742)

Fronds Newsletter

Barbara Podger, Cathy Robertson, Sharon Abrahams, Denis Warne (newsletter@friendsanbg.org.au)

Growing Friends

Maurice Hermann (0429 361 256), John Connolly (6255 8695)  (growingfriends@friendsanbg.org.au)


Kerry Moir (guides@friendsanbg.org.au), Harley Dadswell (booked walks) (bookedwalks@friendsanbg.org.au)

IT Advisers

David More, Les Fielke (techsupport@friendsanbg.org.au)


Lesley Harland, Pam Cooke, Evelyn Jacobsen (membership@friendsanbg.org.au)

Photographic Group

Steven Playford (Convenor), Paul Bainton (Membership Secretary), Rodney Garnett, John Bundock (General Members) (photo@friendsanbg.org.au)

Plant Science Group

Roger Farrow (Convenor), John Busby (Deputy Convenor), John Fitzgerald, Lesley Harland, Margaret Webber, Zoe Knapp (plantscience@friendsanbg.org.au)

Projects Committee

Alan Henderson (Convenor), Sharon Abrahams, David Coutts, Lynne Curran, Wanda Filsell, Kristiane Herrmann, Ian Primrose

Schools Photo Competition

Cecilia Melano (schoolphoto@friendsanbg.org.au)

Seedy Volunteers


Social Events and Activities

Christianna Cobbold, Lynden Ayliffe (events@friendsanbg.org.au)

Thursday Talks

Linda Beveridge, Anthony Whalen, Barbara Hamburger, Elaine Staples (talks@friendsanbg.org.au)


Beth Tyerman, David More, Sharon Abrahams, Jennifer Barnes (website@friendsanbg.org.au)


Friends' Council Members 2021-2022 (photo: Brian Moir)
Friends' Council Members 2021-2022 (photo: Brian Moir)

Back (l-r): Lesley King, David More*, Alan Henderson, Linda Beveridge, Kerry Moir, Wanda Filsell
Front (l-r): Lynden Ayliffe, Neville Page, Helen Elliot*
(* since resigned)


Minutes of Friends' Council Meetings:



Minutes archive


33rd Annual General Meeting, 11 November 2021


AGM archive


Annual General Meetings: Archive


Nomination form for Friends Council (Word, 19 KB)

Other documents

Friends Strategic Plan 2022-26 Final, 2021 (PDF, 196 KB)

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

Friends’ Strategic Plan 2020–2025 

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 12 November 2020

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



David Coutts' paper at ANPC conference October 2012