Georgia left a corporate career behind her 15 years ago, retrained as a landscape designer, and hasn’t looked back. Her ethos is to create individual gardens for individuals – covering a vast array of styles, sizes and locations throughout Victoria and interstate. Her gardens have won awards at MIFGS, the National AILDM Awards and Landscape Victoria, and been covered in countless publications. She is currently Chair of the Course Advisory Committee for the Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture for University of Melbourne, Burnley.
Chris Keay - Vice President
Representing: Commercial Members
As the Director of Landscape Plus for 5 years, and having contributed to the Events Committee, Chris views his position on the Board as a great opportunity to represent LV with fresh, young blood and a different way of thinking for its members.
"I believe there is still a lot of growth and awareness that needs to be made to the public in relation to contracting a registered landscape builder. This is a space that needs a push so that we as contractors can price accordingly to the client and they understand why costs are what they are. Even the playing field!"
Chris Weiss - Secretary
Representing: Landscape Builders, Residential
Chris has well over a decade of experience in the industry, has won multiple awards and has developed an enviable reputation for exceptional high-end finish. He is currently the Director of Formation Landscapes and has been a member with Landscaping Victoria since 2009.
"I want to get involved in the industry that is our livelihood, hoping to add value from my experience in running a successful medium sized landscape business. I feel very positively about the direction that Landscaping Victoria is heading. I believe their current focus on consumer awareness is of vital importance to the success of all members"
David Jarman - Treasurer
Representing: Landscape Builders, Residential & Pool Builders
Director of Coolabah Landscaping, Pools & Construction, David Jarman has been in the industry for a number of years and has a wealth of industry specific and business growth related expertise to help support the growth of our association. He is passionate about achieving results and proud to be able to provide a holistic and uniquely tailored experience for each of his clients.
He is excited to be a part of the LV board for 2018-19 after serving his first year and is eager to get involved in any way he can to best engage with our existing members, whilst also remaining focused on the continual growth of LV in the future.
Representing: Designer Members
Lisa runs a landscape design and garden maintenance business, Lisa Ellis Gardens, based in East Malvern. Lisa studied at Burnley College before setting up her own business. Prior to studying landscape design and horticulture, she worked in marketing and project management.
Representing: Landscape Builders, Residential
"After 15 years in the landscape industry I believe my knowledge and experience can help be a part of a group that keeps our industry and businesses moving in the right direction for years to come.
I would like to encourage registrations to young landscapers while promoting and working with members on upholding professionalism in the industry.
Furthermore, I'm passionate about LV’s work with raising awareness to the public of what we do and the need to use licensed landscapers."
Representing: Landscape Education
Sally has worked in the landscaping industry for more than 20 years as a teacher in Horticulture and Landscaping at Holmesglen, and in her own landscape design business. She has had significant involvement at MIFGS, in community landscaping projects, and in the LV awards judging.
"I see this role as a great opportunity to represent all education institutes, and a chance to work with the industry to improve the relevance and standard of education, training and accreditation. I look forward to working with members to build on the existing quality and strength of Landscaping Victoria."
Representing: Supplier Members
"I have been on the board of the NGIV (Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria) for the past 4 years and been on various committees including currently being the Chairman of the Nursery Industry Trade Day Committee.
I have a passion for the overall greening of Melbourne through both the commercial and private sectors. I am keen to assist in any way, in not only keeping but raising the profile of LV, wherever possible. I feel I have some views, thoughts and ideas from another part of the broader horticultural industry that can benefit LV."
Representing: Commercial members
Over the span of 29 years, Andrew continues to be actively engaged in improving levels of engagement within the industry by actively steering his company to embrace diversity, safety and environmental sustainability. The experience, knowledge and causes he has championed, have resulted in him being invited to sit on boards for external organizations, and invited to join committees as a business Mentor for minority groups. His longevity in the industry, and his continued enthusiasm to it, is evidenced by the growth of Super Gardens and the inroads he has made into assisting minority groups assimilate into the community (also addressing the skill shortages within the industry). Andrew's knowledge, experience, business acumen and willingness to be engaged with the Association contributes significantly in helping to steer our industry toward sustainable growth well into the future.