Executive Committee 2019-11-07T21:50:14+00:00

IPA Executive Committee

Karen Smith
Karen SmithPresident
(+61) 0425 349 137

Karen Smith is an award-winning horticulturist who has worked in the broader horticultural industry for almost 30 years. Her broad experience started from the ground up working in nursery, landscape, design, consultant, technical support and trainer.
Karen is the Senior Editor of Hort Journal Australia magazine and the NSW trainer for Yates Australia. She has been a selector for Australia’s Open Garden Scheme, an author and columnist for community newspapers, a guest on Sydney talkback radio and regular co-host on community radio. Karen has also been a facilitator, presenter and MC at various industry functions and conferences both nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, the Horticultural Media Association, the International Plant Propagators Society and Interior Planstcape Association.
Julie Watson
Julie WatsonBoard Member
Green Design Indoor Plant Hire, Marketing Consultant and Motivational Speaker: In The R.A.W Creative
(+61) 0422 110 921

In her 5th year as a board member, Julie has been able to assist Elaine Tunn (IPA Executive Officer) and the other board members from a ‘marketing perspective’. As Julie is not from a plant background, she has been using her skills to add some creativity and offer new ideas into the mix. Being on the board has been a wonderful way to give back to an industry that does so much to enhance our built environment. Her involvement ensures there is a good mix of people on the board who can assist in promoting and initiating fresh ideas for the association.

Julie’s 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. Julie is looking forward to continuing her role on the IPA Executive Board.

Gabrielle Stannus
Gabrielle StannusBoard Member
Inwardout Studio
(+61) 0400 431 277

Gabrielle joined Interior Plantscape Association, after volunteering at the 2017 conference in Melbourne.

Gabrielle received a Master of Urban Horticulture from the University of Melbourne that same year, after completing her research project: ‘Leaf trait plasticity of common indoor green wall species in response to light’. During her studies, Gabrielle gained practical experience in the horticultural sector, working in garden maintenance, a retail nursery and with a green infrastructure start-up. Gabrielle also completed an internship with one of Australia’s leading green roof and wall specialists.

Since completing her studies, Gabrielle has returned to Tasmania where she runs Inwardout Studio with her partner Ludovic. Inwardout Studio is a design and consultancy firm specialising in services for the horticultural and the architectural sectors. Their work includes landscape designs, freelance writing, graphic/website design, 3D renders and event management.

In her spare time, Gabrielle enjoys researching and writing about plants. Gabrielle is also a member of the Horticultural Media Association of Australia (HMAA).

Johan Hodgson
Johan HodgsonGeneral Manager for Ambius Australia
(+61) 0410 606 692

22+ 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 for 15 years in various roles. Most recently business manager, Perth and Brisbane, National Operations Manager and has been in his current role of Operations Director since May 2013.

Johan was nominated in 2015 as Executive Board member and has supported the Executive Management Committee in 2016-2018 and is looking forward to continuing his support in 2019.


Elaine Tunn
Elaine TunnExecutive Officer/Secretary
(+61) 0452 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
(+61) 0452 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.