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ANPC Management Committee

ANPC Annual General Meeting held Wednesday 20 November 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. (ANPC) was held on Wednesday 20 November 2019 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra.

Dr Tony Auld was elected as President.

Dr David Coates was elected as Vice-President.

Dr Andrew Crawford and Dr Paul Gibson-Roy were re-elected as Ordinary Members.

Bob Makinson was elected as an Ordinary Member.

We welcome Dr Stephen Bell and Dr Lydia Guja as new Ordinary Members of the ANPC Management Committee and thank them for their nominations.

Many thanks to Dr Kate Brown, Selga Harrington, Chris Ikin, Maria Matthes and Kylie Moritz who stepped down from the committee this year.

Dr Linda Broadhurst was elected as an Ordinary Member a few months after the AGM.

Click here to read the President’s Report on what the ANPC has achieved over 2019.


Dr Tony AuldSenior Principal Research Scientist
Senior Team Leader (Management of Threats to Biodiversity)
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Sydney, NSW


Dr David CoatesResearch Scientist
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Perth, WA 


Dr Melissa MillarResearch Scientist, Plant Science and Herbarium Program
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Perth, WA



Committee members

Dr Stephen BellEastcoast Flora Survey
Newcastle, NSW
Dr Linda BroadhurstDirector, Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research
Director, Australian National Herbarium
Canberra, ACT
Dr Andrew CrawfordResearch Scientist, Threatened Flora Seed Centre
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Perth, WA
Chantelle DoyleEnvironmental Consultant
AMBS Ecology and Heritage
Sydney, NSW
Dr Singarayer FlorentineAssociate Professor
Federation University
Ballarat, VIC
Dr Paul Gibson RoyRestoration Scientist
Kalbar Resources
Sydney, NSW
Dr Lydia GujaManager, National Seed Bank
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Canberra, ACT
Bob MakinsonPrincipal Consultant
Bob Makinson Consulting
Sydney, NSW
Dr Cathy OffordPrincipal Research Scientist
The Australian Botanic Garden
Mount Annan, NSW

Ex-Officio member

Rewi ElliotSecretary, New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
Wellington, New Zealand

Dr Tony Auld – President

Tony is a Senior Principal Research Scientist within the NSW government and has worked in conservation for over 30 years. His research focus has been to examine how a range of threats (including for example changed fire regimes, grazing and exotic species) are impacting on the conservation of plant species and their habitats across a range of ecosystems from arid to coastal to offshore islands. He has been involved in developing policy and on-ground management for how to best mitigate threats to biodiversity. He has a keen interest in soil seed banks and the role they play in allowing or promoting plant persistence along with ecosystem restoration. Recently, he has had a focus on extinction risk assessment and the conservation of threatened plants and ecological communities, along with the development and implementation of measures to protect areas that have a very high value for biodiversity conservation (such as refugia, best remaining examples of an ecosystem, key sites for conservation of multiple threatened species and endemic species). He is a Professorial Fellow at University of NSW and University of Wollongong.

Dr David Coates – Vice President

David Coates is a Research Associate in plant conservation in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Western Australia. He has broad interests that cover conservation biology, conservation genetics, ecological restoration, recovery of rare and threatened species and managing threatening processes such as Phytophthora dieback and habitat fragmentation.  He currently leads a project on threatened plant translocations in the National Environmental Science Program’s Threatened Species Recovery Hub and hold positions of adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University.

Dr Melissa Millar – Secretary

Melissa is a Research Scientist with the Plant Science and Herbarium Program of the WA Department of Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, 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.

Dr Stephen Bell – Committee member

Stephen has worked full time in the consulting field since 1994, following three years of project-based short-term employment with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, the University of New South Wales and other consulting companies. In 1996 he established a specialist botanical consultancy based in Newcastle (NSW), focusing on threatened species surveys, vegetation classification and mapping, and flora-based ecological research. Always one for ensuring data collected under contract by consultants is made available more widely, Stephen has published over 30 papers and articles in the vegetation ecology field, and encourages all consultants to publish whenever they can. In 2013, Stephen completed his PhD at the University of Newcastle examining rare vegetation communities, and since 2014 he has been a Conjoint Fellow within the School of Environmental and Life Sciences there. He is currently a member of the NSW Government Species Technical Group overseeing the Saving Our Species initiative, and the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee.

Dr Linda Broadhurst – Committee member

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 was ANPC President between 2016 and 2019 and is a regular presenter at ANPC 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 a plants. She went to to do a PhD in the conservation of Geleznowia verrucosa, a monotypic species in WA. After working for CALM (now BC&A) in WA Linda moved to CSIRO in 2000.

Andrew Crawford – Committee member

Andrew has worked at Western Australia’s Threatened Flora Seed Centre (Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions) for the past 16 years collecting and conserving WA’s conservation significant plant species, and has been involved with the germination of many of the threatened species grown for use by the Department in plant translocations. He has a PhD on seed storage and longevity of Australian native plant species, and was a co-author of a chapter on seed and vegetative material collection in the 2009 edition of the ANPC’s Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia publication. For the past 10 years he has taught a module on seed collection and ex situ seed storage as part of a flora management course run by the Department.

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 Singarayer Florentine – Committee member

Singarayer is a restoration and invasive species ecologist with more than 20 years of experience in research and higher education teaching. He has been specialising in work on ecologically diverse habitats and has had experience in three different countries. His initial research was in Sri Lanka where he studied the impact of selective logging of tropical rainforest on native species recruitment. After earning his PhD from Curtin University he moved to Queensland where he worked as Weed Scientist with the Tropical Weeds Research Centre for 2 years. In 2000 he was appointed as a Lecturer at the Centre for Rainforest Studies where he was involved in several tropical rainforest restoratipn projects and began to conduct research into weed invasion in fragmented landscapes. For the last 14 years, at the University of Ballarat and Federation University, he has been active in a number of significant research projects, has been supervising postgraduate and honours students and has developed undergraduate studies in restoration 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). Paul is strongly committed to the ANPCs goals of facilitating the network of practitioners, agencies and researchers across Australia.

Dr Lydia Guja – Committee member

Lydia Guja is the Manager of the National Seed Bank at the Australian National Botanic Gardens and a researcher in the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research. During her time at ANBG she has focussed on seed collection, storage, physiology, evolutionary ecology and dormancy, and germination in the context of native plant conservation. Lydia is particularly interested in coupling long-term seed bank storage for ex situ conservation with research that enables effective seed use for conservation and restoration (e.g. alleviating seed dormancy, improving viability or germination, providing information on plant species’ ecological and biological characteristics to inform in situ management or translocation). Through delivery of numerous collaborative projects Lydia has worked with many academic, government and industry partners on the conservation of Australian flora. This includes threatened species, and plants and ecosystems from across the country: the Australian alps, Western Australian coast, oceanic islands, wet tropics of far north Queensland, the arid region, and temperate grassy ecosystems of South-Eastern Australia. Lydia holds a BSc in Landscape Management and a PhD in Seed Biology. She is passionate about native plant conservation and would like to make further contributions by participating in the ANPC committee.

Bob Makinson – Committee member

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. Bob is currently undertaking the Myrtle Rust `Review of Environmental Impacts & Action Plan’ project, co-funded by the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre and the Threatened Species Recovery Hub.

Dr Cathy Offord – Committee member

Cathy’s research interests lie in ex situ conservation including seed storage and tissue culture, reproductive biology, especially seed biology, horticultural development of Australian Plants and translocation of threatened species. Her current projects include ex situ conservation of Australian rainforest species, restoration ecology of Persoonia species, conservation and cultivation of Wollemi Pine and technological improvement of seed banking for long-term conservation.