NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Wednesday 29 November 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. (ANPC) will be held on Wednesday 29 November 2017, from 12:30 to 1:30pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time) in the Admin Building Meeting Room at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton ACT 2601.

All financial members are encouraged to attend in a voting capacity, to ensure we reach a quorum and to hear about what the ANPC has achieved over the last year. This includes individual members and representatives of organisational members. To check your membership status, please contact the office.

Telephone conference call participation from other points around Australia will be possible. Members wishing to participate by this means must contact the ANPC National Office not less than one week before the AGM to make arrangements.  Information about the location of call in nodes will be emailed to members who notify the office that they’d like to call in, by Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Please RSVP to the ANPC National Office by Wednesday 22 November 2017.  This will greatly assist us in preparing a successful AGM.

Election of Office-bearers and ordinary Committee members

Executive and Committee members hold their positions for two years from election, with limited repeat terms in a single position as specified in Rule 15 (3) – see the Constitution.

Nominations are now open for the following positions on the ANPC Inc. Committee of Management:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Ordinary members (5 positions)

Nominees for the above positions must complete the Committee Nomination Form. Nominations must specify the position being sought. For clarification of the duties of the positions, or of the membership status of nominees or nominators, please contact the Secretary, Melissa Millar well before the deadline.

Nominations must be received by the Secretary, Melissa Millar, at least seven days before the AGM, i.e. by close of business on Wednesday 22 November 2017. Nominations may be emailed to Melissa Millar or faxed to ANPC at 02 6250 9599 or mailed to The Secretary, ANPC Inc., GPO Box 1777 Canberra ACT 2601. Nominees need to be nominated and seconded by two (2) members of the Network and these can be submitted separately if required. 




Dr Linda Broadhurst

Director, Australian National Herbarium
Group Leader Botanical Collections, Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR), CSIRO National Research Collections Australia (NRCA)

Vice President

Bob Makinson

Principal Consultant
Bob Makinson Consulting
Sydney, NSW


Dr Melissa Millar

Science Division, Department of Parks and Wildlife
Perth, WA


Merryl Bradley

Canberra, ACT

Committee members

Doug Bickerton

Dept Environment and Natural Resources
Adelaide, SA


Dr Kate Brown

Department of Parks and Wildlife
Perth, WA


Dr David Coates

Program Leader, Flora Conservation and Herbarium
Department of Parks and Wildlife
Perth, WA


Dr Anne Cochrane

Science Division, Department of Parks and Wildlife 
Perth, WA

  Chantelle Doyle

AMBS Ecology and Heritage
Sydney, NSW


Dr Paul Gibson Roy

Greening Australia
Sydney, NSW


Michelle Haby

Environmental consultant
Kangaroo Island, SA


Maria Matthes

Environmental consultant
Northern NSW


Cathy Offord

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, NSW


Natalie Tapson

Horticultural Botanist
Royal Tasman Botanic Gardens
Hobart, TAS

Ex-Officio member

Rewi Elliot

Secretary, New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
Wellington, New Zealand


Dr Linda Broadhurst - President

Linda is the Director of the Australian National Herbarium in Canberra, one of CSIRO’s six National Research Collections. At the moment her major research interests include assessing seed production areas to ensure they are producing high genetic quality seed for restoration. In conjunction with partners including the ANPC, she is also building a project to assess where and how to restore Silver Banksia (Banksia marginata) for the Bring Back the Banksias Project. Linda is a regular presenter at ANPC workshops including the recent Provenance Workshops. Studying human biology at university, Linda by chance took a plant biology course as part of her undergrad program and the Tutor inspired a love of plants. She went on to do a PhD in the conservation of Geleznowia verrucosa, a monotypic species in WA. After working for CALM (now DPaW) in WA Linda moved to CSIRO in 2000.


Bob Makinson - Vice President

Bob was employed as Conservation Botanist with the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney for over 30 years working in plant taxonomy, herbarium management, wild-plant conservation science and practice, and science internship (volunteer) program development. He is a former Curator of the Australian National Herbarium (Canberra), and a former member of the NSW Scientific Committee (for extinction-risk assessment of species and ecological communities). He has been an active ANPC member since 1992 and is a past president. Bob is a regular presenter at ANPC workshops and wrote and presented the recent Myrtle Rust workshops.

Dr Melissa Millar - Secretary

Melissa is a Research Scientist with the Plant Science and Herbarium Program of the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife, where her chief responsibilities are to conduct research that contributes to the circumscription, conservation and management of Western Australian flora. Melissa's research utilises a range of molecular genetic techniques to examine the evolutionary processes that maintain genetic diversity and shape patterns of genetic structure in native taxa. Her work contributes to understanding long term evolutionary influences of the persistence and phylogeographic structure of native taxa as well as the effects of current anthropogenic disturbances such as fragmentation and the requirements for successful long term restoration.

Merryl Bradley - Treasurer

Merryl has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of WA (1973) majoring in Organic Chemistry. She had twenty years experience in the Commonwealth Public Service in a variety of roles, including project management, contract management, public affairs, marketing, financial management, project co-ordination and process simplification. Since resigning from the Public Service she has worked as both a volunteer and Business Manager for the ANPC and undertaken part time study at the Canberra Institute of Technology towards a Diploma in Environmental Science.

Doug Bickerton - Committee Member

Doug has been Threatened Plant Ecologist with South Australia’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) since 2006. In this role he provides scientific and policy advice to threatened flora recovery teams and to DENR. One of his key research interests has been in securing funding for population genetics studies to directly inform management of threatened flora in South Australia. In 2011 Doug was Acting Manager of South Australia’s Seed Conservation Centre for six months, overseeing the seed collection, research and storage activities of the Centre.

In 1998 Doug completed a Masters degree in Natural Resource Management with his presentation of a thesis on the pollination biology and ecology of a threatened orchid,Caladenia rigida. For the next five years he was engaged in threatened orchid recovery in South Australia, before moving to a role that allowed him to develop expertise in ecological restoration and threat abatement, particularly pest plant control.

Doug has been an active member of the NGO Threatened Plant Action Group for 15 years, and for six years he sat on the Executive Committee of the Weed Management Society of South Australia, including a stint as President.

Dr Kate Brown - Committee member

Kate is an ecologist with the Department of Parks and Wildlife in the Swan Region of Western Australia working on the protection and restoration of regionally significant bushland including a number of threatened ecological communities. Her work currently involves developing management techniques for environmental weeds and understanding impacts of prescribed burning on the plant communities of Tuart Woodlands. She is also working on restoration of seasonal clay-based wetlands including monitoring and managing the impacts of threatening processes over time.

Dr David Coates - Committee member

David Coates is a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Program Leader for the Flora Conservation and Herbarium Program and responsible for coordinating and facilitating research in flora conservation and plant systematics in the Department of Parks and Wildlife in Western Australia. Program activities cover ecological and genetic studies, recovery of rare and threatened species, taxonomy and systematics of the Western Australian flora and research aimed at the amelioration of threatening processes such as Phytophthora dieback, habitat fragmentation and climate change. Included in the Program are the Western Australian Herbarium and the Threatened Flora Seed Centre. David’s research interests cover conservation biology, conservation genetics and evolutionary biology. He is a member of the Western Australia Threatened Species Scientific Committee and adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University.

Dr Anne Cochrane - Committee member

Anne is a Senior Research Scientist with the Department of Parks and Wildlife in Western Australia. She has managed the State conservation seed bank for rare and threatened species since 1993, a facility that supports wild species conservation and one that is strongly linked with the translocation of species as a recovery action. She has been a long term member of the ANPC and has contributed to the ANPC publication Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia: Strategies and Guidelines for developing, managing and utilising ex situ collections. She is currently undertaking PhD research into seed ecology of Banksia and climate change

Chantelle Doyle - Committee member

Chantelle's background includes environmental education and restoration with a focus on botany. She is currently a consultant botanist with AMBS Ecology and Heritage working on a range of projects including threatened flora surveys, impact assessments, vegetation management planning and offset, impact, and rehabilitation monitoring. Most recently she has been involved in searches and recommendations for management of Data Deficient Species listed under the NSW Saving Our Species program. She is also working on a propagation and planting trial for the newly described species, Hibbertia spanantha. An avid communicator, Chantelle is a co-presenter on a science themed radio show, which discusses the latest developments in Australian science and ecology.


Dr Paul Gibson Roy - Committee member

Paul has been involved for some years with the restoration of wildflower grasslands and grassy woodlands, both threatened plant communities. Since 2004 he has headed the Grassy Groundcover Research Project (GGRP), a multiregional research project focusing on the restoration of complex herbaceous vegetation on agricultural lands by direct seeding. The GGRP was initiated as a joint partnership between Greening Australia (Victoria) and the University of Melbourne. Paul is also actively involved with issues of sustainability within the broader horticultural industry and was a founding member of the industry-based NGO Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA).

Michelle Haby - Committee member

Michelle started an environmental consulting business on Kangaroo Island about five years ago and is accredited wtih the South Australian Native Vegetation Council to conduct vegetation surveys for clearance applications. She is passionate about conserving native vegetation and firmly believes that revegetation plays a big role in conservation. She would like to see a lot more nursery based trials into germination so local nurseries can help restore habitat in a cost effective manner with the full spectrum of species that once grew in their areas. She also thinks that the general community’s gardens can play a role in threatened and regionally significant plant species conservation. By making these species available to the public, they can gain an appreciation and connection with them, thereby increasing their profile and worth.

 Maria Matthes - Committee member

Maria has worked for 25 years in the field of plant conservation for State and Local Government, and more recently as an ecological consultant. She has been an active member of the ANPC for 17 years, and was convenor and co-author of the first ANPC translocation guidelines and co-author of the 2nd edition, and is a regular presenter at the ANPC translocation and restoration workshops. Her particular interests are the application of genetic research, ecological restoration, translocations, monitoring pollination, fire ecology, climate change, invertebrate-plant interactions, sustainable land management, and community involvement, including Aboriginal groups and farmers.


Cathy Offord - Committee member


Natalie Tapson - Committee member

Natalie has an honours degree majoring in Forest Ecology from the University of Tasmania and has worked as the Horticultural Botanist at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens since 1997. Her position is varied and includes documentation and labelling of the living collection and responsibility for the library and herbarium collections. She is actively involved in the RTBG conservation program and has carried out tissue culture research, translocation and monitoring of rare and threatened species. Natalie is part of the seedbank collecting team at the RTBG and has recently returned from working on Macquarie Island, completing a program to expand an ex-situ seed orchard of the critically endangered Azorella macquariensis.