As a past board member (2003-2007), I have experienced the satisfaction of helping shape the future direction of the industry we all work in. I was heavily involved with the team that made building registration for our sector a reality and one that I and others are immensely proud of.
In 35 years, I have watched this industry grow from being a cottage industry, to one that is now robust, professional, and expanding at an exponential rate. It is exciting to know that I might be able to assist to shape this change further now that I have a bit more time to give.
I also believe that my time as a business owner has taught me much. There have been many who assisted me along my path in business, so I hope to now pay some of that kindness forward.
Mathew Wandmaker - Vice President
Mathew has been working in the Garden Maintenance industry for more than 15 years, having run multiple Jim's Mowing franchises, before branching out to run a very successful commercial grounds maintenance business throughout the Eastern and South eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He has a strong passion for the Garden Maintenance sector and gains a lot of satisfaction from helping those within this specific sector which is close to his heart. "I welcome the opportunity to join the LVML Board to help become a voice for Garden Maintenance professionals and continue to help educate within this space, grow current and new Members and develop industry standards."
Ros McCully - Treasurer
My 15-year membership has provided me with many networking opportunities, as well as keeping me abreast of new products and trends in the industry. In addition, my membership has provided many opportunities to be involved in major events, such as numerous gardens at MIFGS, both with show gardens and mentoring.
I feel it is important that by being on the Board I can be there to support many members, especially other Landscape Designers who are small business owners just like me.
"I'm passionate about the Landscape Industry, I have been part of it since 1974 when I started as an apprentice. My role in the industry is now around education. I see education as a partnership with industry and constantly needs to be assessed to improve the outcomes for everyone involved. I see my role on the board as a connection to training institutions and to advise and listen to the needs of the Industry to make it stronger for everyone involved."
Gary has been part of the industry since 2004 working for suppliers, commercial landscape companies, running his own small business and now as a shareholder in Landstruct.
"I'm blessed to be a part of a fantastic industry and am looking to bring my positivity, energy and enthusiasm to the board and help in any way I can to continue to grow Landscaping Victoria into the future."
Justin joins the Board with a focus to increase the involvement of women in the industry, having seen many benefits of doing so within his own business. He also wants to support the growth and legislation of industry standards, combining this with the recognition of qualifications achieved through formal training and the necessity for industry professionals to have these qualifications to perform certain projects. Justin's belief that greater recognition and participation of LVML within the construction industry, especially with the relevant government authorities, aligns with the focus of past and current strategic goals.
Michele brings over 20 years of experience and knowledge of the landscaping industry, and and an understanding the challenges of building and operating a small business. She is committed to maintaining rigorous professional standards, and is passionate about promoting exciting career paths for women and young people in horticulture and landscaping.
"I will take the opportunity to utlilise the knowledge and experience I have gained, to contribute to the Landscaping Victoria Board and its members to support the future direction of the landscaping industry."
Erin has managed a successful Melbourne based landscape company for 24 years and brings a passion for teaching , mentoring and encouraging the younger generation to to the LVML Board.
"Being in the industry as long as I have , I have a large number of contacts and stakeholders who I can call upon for support when required. Also, having been fortunate enough to win numerous awards, I can help promote LVML utilising media opportunities where appropriate."