Our Committee

Meet the people behind the scenes

The Committee is comprised of a group of dedicated volunteers with a Horticultural background.

Each individual plays an important role in the functioning of Encouraging Women in Horticulture and work together to achieve the organisations’ purpose.

Our Committee roles consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Ordinary Committee Members.

Our constitution allows up to 10 Ordinary Committee Members on the committee each term. If you are interested in supporting, inspiring and encouraging women in horticulture, inquire about committee positions by contacting us (must be over 18)

Emma Herd

Emma Herd


Emma has been practicing as a Landscape Architect for 5 years, working on projects that include; educational facilities, playgrounds, streetscapes and public open spaces of all varieties as well as aged care facilities and private open spaces in residential scenarios.

Emma has also worked for 10 years in the horticultural industry and has developed a broad understanding of all aspects of the field from landscape maintenance to retail.

She continues to maintain part-time involvement, keeping a finger on the pulse for new varieties of plants and emerging design trends.

Simon Trebilcock

Simon Trebilcock


Simon Trebilcock has recently completed the Master of Urban Horticulture at Burnley (the University of Melbourne) as part of a transition to a career in horticulture and garden design.

In addition to a passion for gardens, Simon brings to EWHA the broad experience of a senior finance and accounting manager in the energy and resources sector, and many years of volunteer committee work in a number of community, sporting and professional organisations.

Rosemary Ulph

Rosemary Ulph

Vice President

Rosemary is our Vice President and Events Co-ordinator.

She has come to the Committee with a strong clerical and horticultural background. Horticulture was a second career for her, after spending 20 years in the finance industry.

After completing a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Horticulture) at Burnley, she spent 10 years working in retail garden nurseries.

For the last 9 years, she has run her own Garden Design business “Your Garden Oasis”, and works part-time as a Gardener looking after 6 gardens.

Carol Jordon

Carol Jordon

Ordinary Committee Member

Carol Jordon has worked for an extended period of time as CEO of a small not-for-profit organisation and prior to that worked for many years in roles in university administration both at faculty and central level.

She brings to the committee her experience and skills in governance, budgeting and strategic planning.

She has an interest in gardening and horticulture and is keen to learn more via her involvement in EWHA.  

Bec Bennett

Bec Bennett


Gardening from a young age, Bec was the weird kid collecting Cacti and learning Latin names.

Throughout her working life Bec has spent some time in most aspects of horticulture; retail and trade markets, landscaping and design, and production nurseries.

Bec has completed Diplomas in both Sustainable Landscape Design and Horticulture with Swinburne.

Currently working full time for a wholesale tree grower, Bec spends her spare time in the garden and building her own small business, Annan Homestead, that focuses on connecting people with nature through plants and bees.

Bec is new to the EWHA committee, but is excited to work within the industry to help it grow.

I really liked the idea of the Encouraging Women in Horticulture Association (EWHA) as there wasn’t a lot geared towards supporting women. I enjoyed several events that EWHA had organised and was surprised by the amount of interesting places to visit.

After attending the AGM in 2019 I decided to help out as a general committee member and have organised my first event. I’m also collaborating on awards, website content, and attending events in an official capacity.

I really encourage others to join up to be a general committee member and get involved so that we can grow and strengthen our EWHA.

Kaye Roberts-Palmer

Committee Member 2019-2020

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