IPA Executive Committee
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Cameron started his career in horticulture in the late 1970’s working part time in local retail nurseries in Melbourne.
A passion for plants led him to the University of Melbourne where he gained an Honors Degree in Agricultural Science and went on to become the Tutor in Plant Sciences for the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. He left the University for the start-up plant genetic engineering firm Calgene Pacific as horticultural consultant for their integrated nursery interests covering tissue culture and tube stock production, largescale glasshouse indoor plants production and outdoor tree and shrub production. The group also included a cut flower wholesaling business and multiple retail flower outlets in Sydney.
During the late 1980’s he became a regular guest lecturer for the Victorian Colleges of Agriculture and Horticulture, which lead to over a decade as a sessional lecturer at Burnley College, Institute of Land and Food Resources, University of Melbourne. During this period, he was also principle horticultural consultant for HortServices and worked with and then absorbed the long established horticultural consultancy Wells Eden & Associates, working for Government, Industry Associations, investors as well as agricultural and financial consulting firms as a specialist horticultural consultant and valuer.
Cameron now works with Corporate Plants, an Interior Plantscaping business set up by his wife Bernadette, a trade qualified Nursery Person with over 35 years’ experience, working in Interior Plantscaping in both Australia and London.
As someone who has had their passion develop into a career, Cameron is keen to see the horticultural industry continue to grow for the next generation.
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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.
Advance Plants was established in 1980 by Nick Holt who owned and operated the business until it was acquired by Robert in 2019. In addition to his role at Advance Plants, Robert has had significant experience as the director of a range of other companies over the past decade and is presently a director on the board of Pedal Group (the parent company of bicycle retailer, 99 Bikes).
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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).
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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 30 years. In 2017, Graeme purchased Tropical Plant Rentals along with the nursery. Over the past 3 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.
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Michael is an award winning registered horticulturist with a passion for sustainable urban horticulture and therapeutic horticulture. He is a specialist in the field of green infrastructure. His work alongside some of Melbourne’s best architects and developers has encouraged and strengthened his passion for greening city buildings, schools and residential houses.
His highly successful horticulture practice is synonymous with cutting edge, thoughtful and beautifully designed landscape architecture, attracting high profile clients and projects. Michael has been at the forefront of Green Infrastructure in Australia, helping to revolutionise school environments and city buildings to enhance the lives of the people who use them. He is passionate about green infrastructure, an expert in his field and he generously shares his knowledge. Michael’s expertise is sought by others in the industry as demonstrated by his external and ongoing consulting positions, impressive training portfolio and extensive authorship in industry publications. His professional standing through peak industry bodies is also a testament to his influence in the industry and the future of Australian and International horticulture.
Michael is currently the President of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, subcommittee member of Therapeutic Horticulture Australia and was elected to be a board member on the 2021 Interior Plantscape Association Management Committee. Michael is also director of both Evergreen Infrastructure and MJC Horticulture.
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.