Executive Committee 2017-04-04T17:19:55+00:00

IPA Executive Committee

Nerida Hills
Nerida HillsPresident
Nerida’s Interior Plantscape
+614 08 108 010

Nerida established Nerida’s Interior Plantscaping in 1998. With a background working for a leading Indoor Plant Hire company in Melbourne, Nerida saw a move to Gippsland Victoria as an opportunity to start her own venture. 1995 Nerida completed an Advanced Certificate in Nursery & Garden Centre Operations. Currently Nerida is on the board of Warragul Business Group & Vice President of Warragul Boxing Club & actively involved in Project Reference Group with Baw Baw Shire Council providing feedback on proposed streetscape planning.

A work history in hospitality has also been a valuable asset while establishing her business. In 1998 Nerida joined Victorian Interior Plantscape Association (VIPA) until their amalgamation with Qld NIPA commonly known as Interior Plantscape Association (IPA).

Nerida was nominated in 2013 for the Executive Management Committee of IPA & in 2015 became the President. Being President of IPA was not only challenging but rewarding & Nerida is looking forward to promoting & growing the industry throughout 2016.

Dee Helm
Dee HelmTreasurer
Office Plants Australia
+614 25 749 030

Dee & her husband Nick started in the nursery industry some 30 years ago when they started a production nursery. Ten years later they moved into the interior plantscaping industry, so Dee has worked in the industry for over 20 years now. Nick’s background was in Horticulture and Environmental Management and Dee’s background was in the Medical Health Sciences – in fact she use to work as a Microbiologist in a former life. Nick has since stepped back and works in another field and Dee is the Managing Director of Office Australia. Dee has been a member of IPA since 2012 & was voted in as Vice President in 2015. Dee has been re-nominated as Vice President & is looking forward to supporting the Executive Management Committee in 2016.

Julie Watson
Julie WatsonSecretary
Green Design Indoor Plant Hire, Marketing Consultant
+614 22 110 921

Elaine Tunn (IPA Executive Officer) called and asked if I would be interested in joining the Board in 2015. I’m relatively new to the indoor plant industry (two years) working for Green Design NSW and wasn’t sure I would be the right person to sit on the board. Elaine mentioned that the IPA were trying to include people with a marketing background to ensure there was a good mix of not only ‘plant people’, but people who could assist in promoting and initiating fresh ideas for the association.

My vision for the industry is to ensure the use of indoor plants is in the forefront of project managers’ minds when they start their planning. I also see further opportunities by collaborating with other industry associations who have similar target markets. Julie is looking forward to continuing her role on the IPA Executive Board in 2016.

Johan Hodgson
Johan HodgsonBoard Member
+614 10 606 692

17 years experience in the Interior Plantscaping Industry working in all facets of a business from the ground up. Commenced his career in Interior Plantscaping in the UK in 1996 where he was a Plantscape technician. He co-owned an interior plantscaping business in Sth Africa prior to relocating to Australia. Johan has worked for Ambius Australia 12 years in various roles. Most recently business manager, Perth & Brisbane, National Operations Manager & has been in his current role of Operations Director since May 2013.

Johan was nominated in 2015 as Executive Board member in & is looking forward to supporting the Executive Management Committee in 2016.


Elaine Tunn
Elaine TunnExecutive Officer
+614 52 590 255

IPA Executive Officer Elaine Tunn, has been employed by IPA for 9 years & brings with her a wealth of knowledge & experience from owing a small business for many years. She is also a qualified Trainer & Assessor & Lifestyle Coach. Elaine has many roles & knowledge about IPA & welcomes any enquiry.

Paul Plant
Paul PlantConsultant & Accreditation Assessor
Sub Tropical Media
+614 52 590 255

IPA Accreditation officer Paul Plant, a Registered Horticulturist, is responsible for overseeing the accreditation process for Interior Plantscape Association members. Paul has worked in the landscape, nursery and interior plantscape sectors, as well as education, media and industry development. He is also the editor of Subtropical Gardening Magazine and does weekly segments on three radio stations in South East Queensland.

John Daly
John DalyConsultant & Research Horticulturalists
Eco Environment
+614 38 727 100

John Daly, Environmental & Forensic Horticulturalist, has 30 years experience within the horticultural industry. He brings a wealth of knowledge to IPA community about soil media for indoor plants, green walls, green roofs, podiums and landscaping.