IPA Management Committee

Ray Borg 2023 - 2024 President

Green Design Indoor Plant Hire – NSW
(+61) 0414 809 746

Ray is a business management professional with a strong background in leadership, business turnaround, change management, sales management, marketing, brand awareness, finance, operational and customer retention, mergers and acquisitions. His financial background provides strategic, financial, planning and control skills to enhance business management abilities and pin point areas of concern quickly to achieve best practice operation efficiencies which in turn provide strong sales and profit results.

Ray also has a demonstrated history of development and growth of businesses teams and individuals resulting in strong commercial results.

Ray is keen to see the horticultural industry continue to grow for the next generation.

Graeme Reid 2021 - 2024 Vice President

Managing Director Tropical Plant Rentals, NSW
(+61) 0414 455 677

Graeme grew up with an agricultural background early in his life. He attended Hurlstone Agricultural High School as a boarder where he studied horticulture, plant biology and propagation. Post high school, he worked as a stock and station agent for 10 years. Graeme has been involved with Tropical Plant Rentals for over 30 years. In 2017, Graeme purchased Tropical Plant Rentals along with the nursery. Over the past years he has successfully taken the business to new heights.

Graeme has a passion for sustainability and this is reflected in his approach to office plant hire and nursery management.

He is an accredited professional with the Green Building Council of Australia. He loves to get his hands dirty and being involved in every aspect of the business.

Robert Shand Treasurer

Advance Plant Services, QLD
(+61) 0458 708 107

Robert Shand is the owner and director of Advance Plants. Advance Plants is one of Queensland’s leading indoor plant hire and landscape maintenance businesses, and is trusted by a broad range of commercial clients to consistently deliver a high quality service.

Stuart Swaddling 2023 - 2024 Secretary

Tropical Plant Rentals, QLD
(+61) 0418 751 875

Stuart Swaddling, Horticulturist, has been directly involved in the horticulture industry for over 45 years. Stuart started his career as an apprentice nurseryman completing the three-year Horticulture Certificate Course at Ryde School of Horticulture. Stuart then worked in Local Government Parks and Gardens. Stuart’s nursery and business, Tropical Plant Rentals Pty Ltd, commenced in 1980 and is now one of the leading national indoor plant hire companies in Australia with 22 franchisees servicing offices in all major cities and regional centres around Australia. This business was sold in 2017 but Stuart remains as a franchisee for the Townsville and Cairns areas. Stuart has received many awards and served on numerous committees and boards within Australia.

His dedication to the horticultural sector is exceptional, and Stuart continually offers assistance, guidance, and leadership to help our industry association thrive.

Josh Ursem 2023 - 2024 Committee Member

Green Design, NSW
(+61) 0451 371 415

Josh Ursem is the Sales and Marketing Manager of Green Design Indoor Plant hire, NSW. Green Design is one of Australia’s leading indoor plant hire and vertical garden companies. Josh has been with Green Design for over 10 years, in which time he has gained significant experience in many aspects of the business, including plant maintenance as a technician, and installations as an installer. Josh enjoys being engaged in every part of the business. Josh has an interest in the environment and an understanding of the importance of sustainability. Josh was heavily involved in developing Green Design’s CSR plan which includes a commitment of a 25% reduction on their 2021 carbon footprint by 2025.

Josh has a passion for the industry and a strong belief in Australian business owners supporting other local businesses.

In Josh’s current role as Sales and Marketing Manager, he is focused on promoting the many benefits of biophilic design in workspaces and is excited to see the interior plantscape industry continue to grow in Australia.

Meriel Campbell- Lloyd 2024 Committee member

Advance Plants, QLD
(+61) 0458 496 994

Meriel is a horticulturist with three years of expertise, having initiated her journey into the field during her studies at TAFE. Meriel is also a plant scape photographer, blending hands-on expertise with a creative eye. Passionate about cultivating green spaces and capturing their beauty through her lens.

As a valuable member of the Advance Plants team, Meriel is eager to bring her knowledge and practical experience to the committee. She is keen on both sharing her perspective and learning from fellow industry enthusiasts.

By joining the committee, Meriel aims to actively contribute to fostering growth and innovation within the horticultural community.

Tara Heels 2024 Committee member

(+61) 0414 402 746

Tara has worked in horticulture for over 25 years and has studied for a Bachelor of Applied Science in Horticulture. Tara manages the operations, service team, and sales for Plants For Hire, based in Victoria. Tara began her journey in the industry as a part-time service technician, then moved into the roles of service supervisor and national training manager.

She has sound technical knowledge, specialising in plant identification, propagation, pest and disease identification and management, fertilisers, and potting media. With a passion for interior plantscaping.

Tara is always willing to share her technical knowledge with other members and looks forward to being a committee member on the IPA Executive Management Committee.

Elaine Tunn CEO

(+61) 0452 590 255

CEO Elaine Tunn, has been employed by IPA for many years and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from owning a small business, teaching at TAFE and volunteering for many Qld organisations in her local area. Elaine is a qualified workplace Trainer and Assessor, Lifestyle Coach and has a Cert IV in Small Business Management; Cert IV in Business Administration; Diploma of Business and Marketing; Diploma of Frontline Management and Leadership.

One of Elaine’s most notable accomplishments was teaching the Leadership Program and Certificate IV in Business (Small Business Management and Frontline Management) at TAFE Queensland.

Elaine understands that managing the IPA is similar to owning a company and must be addressed with the same attention. Our members must trust the executive management committee to handle their non-profit industry association, and having a CEO who is inspired, positive, confident, and determined to support members and expand the organization is critical.

Paul Plant Consultant and Accreditation Assessor

(+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 for many years.

He is currently does weekly segments on two radio stations (4BC882 and West Bremer Radio) in South East Queensland.

Paul has also been one of the judges for IPA annual awards.

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