IPA Executive Committee
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.
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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.
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Gabrielle joined Interior Plantscape Association, after volunteering at the 2018 conference in Melbourne.
As a former Sustainability Officer at the City of Melbourne, Gabrielle was responsible for designing, delivering and evaluating community environment programs and events in that municipality. During Gabrielle’s time there, she initiated one of that organisation’s first Facebook and Twitter accounts, using social media to engage with city residents, businesses and visitors more intimately on environmental issues of concern to them. Gabrielle also enjoys researching and writing about plants.
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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 12+ 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.
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Certainly the Interior Plantscape industry has been a large part of Arthur’s life. Arthur was one of the foundation members of the then Queensland Interior Plantscape Association before being elected as the President of the National Interior Plantscape Association for several years in the early 2000’s. Arthur has been an active Executive Committee member of the association for more than 25 years.
Arthur has owned and operated his Brisbane based company ‘Sunnydale Green Solutions’ for many years and believes there are not many industries where you can build relationships with so many people. Arthur still has lasting friendships with folk he has met servicing plants.
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.
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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.