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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 19 October 2023. Current Council members are:

Executive members

President: Neville Page
Vice President: Linda Beveridge
Secretary: Marg Nicholls
Treasurer: Rod King

Non-executive members

Christianna Cobbold, Alan Henderson, Kerry Moir, Masumi Robertson, Beth Tyerman

Ex officio members

Gardens’ Executive Director: Dr Rebecca Pirzl
Gardens’ General Manager: Peter Byron
Gardens’ Friends Liaison: Helen McHugh
Friends’ past president: Max Bourke

Subcommittees and Special Interest Groups 2022-2023

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)


David More, Neville Page (bulletin@friendsanbg.org.au)

Flowers, Fruit & Foliage

Ben and Ros Walcott (02 6161 2742)

Fronds Newsletter

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

Growing Friends

Maurice Hermann (growingfriends@friendsanbg.org.au)


Kerry Moir (guides@friendsanbg.org.au), Andrew Bettell (booked walks) (bookedwalks@friendsanbg.org.au)

IT Advisers

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


Nature Journaling Group

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

Lesley Page (lespage26@gmail.com)

Photographic Group

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

Plant Recognition Group

John Busby (Convenor), John Fitzgerald, Masumi Robertson, Linda Beveridge (plantname@friendsanbg.org.au)

Plant Science Group

John Busby (Convenor), John Fitzgerald, Lesley Harland, 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 2024

Cecilia Melano, Linda Beveridge, Lee-Anne Cooper (schoolphoto@friendsanbg.org.au)

Social Events and Activities

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

Thursday Talks

Linda Beveridge, Patrick De Deckker, Barbara Hamburger, Elaine Staples, Gemma Hoyle (talks@friendsanbg.org.au)


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


2023-2024 Friends Council members
2023-2024 Friends Council members

Back Row (from left): Linda Beveridge, Beth Tyerman, Rod King, Masumi Robertson

Front Row (from left): Christianna Cobbold, Marg Nicholls, Alan Henderson, Neville Page, Kerry Moir (inset) 

Photo by Graham Gall -  view enlarged


Minutes of Friends' Council Meetings:


Minutes archive

35th Annual General Meeting, 19 October 2023

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 (PDF, 254 KB) This new Constitution was agreed by members at the 2022 AGM and came into effect in October 2022.

Friends’ Strategic Plan 2020–2025 

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