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)

Bec Bennett

Bec Bennett

President

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

Bec’s working life has covered many aspects of the Horticulture industry. From trade markets to landscape design and installation. But most of her time has been in production nurseries, gaining experience in nursery operations and management and growing tropical species to advanced trees.

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

Currently, Bec’s work is split between teaching Horticulture at Chisholm and her own business, Annan Homestead, that focuses on connecting people with nature through plants and bees.

As President, Bec is excited to grow EWHA by honoring all that the organisation is now, and by bringing new ideas and opportunities. Please reach out if you would like to talk about EWHA’s future.

Emma Herd

Emma Herd

Ordinary Committee Member

Emma works as a landscape architect, horticultural specialist, and creates horticultural products as part of her business called Little Green Landscapes. She also works for Andrea Proctor Landscapes, designing all sorts of landscape projects, including designs within various botanic gardens.
Emma initally studied Horticulture at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus, working in many areas of the horticultural industry. She went on to study landscape architecture at RMIT University.
You might have heard her on 3CR’s gardening program, where she (also!) volunteers frequantly.
Emma has been a Committee member since 2012 and served as Presdient for 4 years. Apart from all her professional experience, Emma brings her enthusiasm, drive and compassion to the Committee.

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.  

Simon Trebilcock

Simon Trebilcock

Treasurer

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.

Lubana Squire

Lubana Squire

Ordinary Committee Member

Gardening and a love of plants has been a slow discovery for me that started in my 30’s and is now a full blown passion. I’m intrigued by the unique beauty and complexity of all things botany – and the countless benefits plants bring to our lives and the environment. For me, gardens offer the perfect opportunity to experiment and enrich.

I said farewell to the corporate world in 2010, returned to study to complete a Graduate Diploma in Horticulture at Holmesglen and established my business ‘plan & plant’ in 2012. Now a qualified horticulturalist, I love creating and caring for beautiful, functional gardens that suit our climate and stand the test of time.

I wear many hats both in and out of work. On any given day I could be creating concepts in the morning and shovelling soil in the afternoon. With four wonderful children and a cheeky Vizsla who takes up way too much of my time, my evenings and weekends are all about friends and family.

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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