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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 15 October 2020. Current Council members are:

Executive members

President: Neville Page
Vice President: Linda Beveridge
Secretary: Lynden Ayliffe
Treasurer: Helen Elliot

Non-executive members

Wendy Antoniak, Wanda Filsell, Alan Henderson, Lesley King, David More

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 2018-2019

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, Pam Cooke (booked walks) (bookedwalks@friendsanbg.org.au)

Flowers, Fruit & Foliage

Ros Walcott (6161 2742)

IT Advisers

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


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

Fronds Newsletter

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

Photographic Group

Rhonda Daniell (Convenor), Tim Leach (Secretary), Suzanne Harrison (Member Secretary), Helen Dawes (Publicity Officer), Martin Holmes, Andy Graham (General Members), Jim Gould (Ex-officio) (photo@friendsanbg.org.au)

Plant Science Group

John Busby (Convenor), Cath Busby, Murray Fagg, Lesley Harland (plantscience@friendsanbg.org.au)

Projects Committee

Alan Henderson (Convenor), Kristiane Herrmann, Dennis Ayliffe, Ian Primrose, Jeff Brown, David Coutts

Schools Photo Competition

Cecilia Melano, Lynden Ayliffe (schoolphoto@friendsanbg.org.au)

Seedy Volunteers

Dianne Deans (Convenor) (seedyvol@friendsanbg.org.au)

Social Events and Activities

Tricia Morton, Lynden Ayliffe (events@friendsanbg.org.au)

Thursday Talks

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


David More, Jill More, Jane Keogh, Beth Tyerman  (website@friendsanbg.org.au)


Friends' Council Members 2019-2020
Friends' Council Members 2019-2020


Front (l-r): Linda Beveridge, Max Bourke, David More
Back (l-r): Lynden Ayliffe, Helen Elliot, Wendy Antoniak, Peter Heaume. Inset: Alan Henderson. Not shown: Neville Page


Minutes of Friends' Council Meetings:




Minutes archive


32nd Annual General Meeting, 15 October 2020


AGM archive

Annual General Meetings: Archive


Nomination form for Friends Council (Word, 64 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