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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 27 September 2018. Current Council members are:

Executive members

President: Max Bourke
Vice President: (vacant)
Secretary: Jann Ollerenshaw
Treasurer: Helen Elliot

Non-executive members

Wendy Antoniak, Lynden Ayliffe, Linda Beveridge, Alan Henderson, David More

Ex officio members

Gardens’ Executive Director: Judy West
Gardens’ General Manager: Seb Lang; Tiffeny Horwood (acting)
Gardens’ Friends Liaison: Megan Donaldson
Gardens’ staff representative: Rosella Hampshire
Friends’ past president: Lesley Jackman
Fronds representative: Barbara Podger


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 (6251 6249)

Growing Friends

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


Lesley King, 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


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

Brian Moir (Convenor), Jim Gould (Secretary), Bill Hall (Membership); Derek Corrigan, Helen Dawes, Tim Leach, Warren Hicks, Peter Keogh (general members) (photo@friendsanbg.org.au)

Plant Science Group

Anne Campbell (plantscience@friendsanbg.org.au)

Projects Committee

David Coutts (Convenor), Dennis Ayliffe, Jeff Brown, Anne Campbell,  Kristiane Herrmann,  Ian Primrose

Schools Photo Competition

Cecilia Melano (schoolphoto@friendsanbg.org.au)

Seedy Volunteers

John Fitzgerald (Co-ordinator)  (seedyvol@friendsanbg.org.au)

Social Events and Activities

Trisha Morton, John Connolly, Jan Finley, Fran Johnson, Marion Jones, Jonette McDonnell, Alan Munns, Barbara Podger (socialevents@friendsanbg.org.au)

Thursday Talks

Doug Laing (Convenor), Linda Beveridge, Jan Finley, Rita Maclachlan, Elizabeth Truswell (talks@friendsanbg.org.au)


Alan Munns, Jill More, David More, Jane Keogh, Beth Tyerman  (website@friendsANBG.org.au)


Friends' Council Members 2017-18 (Photo: Derek Corrigan)
Friends' Council Members 2017-18 (Photo: Derek Corrigan)

Clockwise from rear left: Wendy Antoniak, Helen Elliot, Christianna Cobbold, Jonette McDonnell, Linda Beveridge, David More, Lesley Jackman, Jann Ollerenshaw.


Minutes of Friends' Council Meetings:



Minutes archive


30th Annual General Meeting, 27 September 2018


AGM archive

Annual General Meetings: Archive


Nomination form for Friends Council (Word, 65 kB)

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



David Coutts' paper at ANPC conference October 2012