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Dr David Coates

Program Leader, Flora Conservation and Herbarium
Department of Parks and Wildlife
Perth, WA

Vice President

Dr Paul Gibson Roy

Greening Australia
Sydney, NSW


Dr Zoe Knapp

Science Team, Parks Australia Division
Department of the Environment
Canberra, ACT


Merryl Bradley

Canberra, ACT

Committee members

Professor Paul Adam

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES)
University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW


Doug Bickerton

Dept Environment and Natural Resources
Adelaide, SA


Kate Brown

Department of Parks and Wildlife
Perth, WA


Anne Cochrane

Science Division, Department of Parks and Wildlife
Perth, WA


Bob Makinson

Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust
Sydney, NSW


Maria Matthes

Environmental Consultant
Northern NSW


Helena Mills

Senior Environmental Officer
Environmental Protection Authority
Perth, WA


Mark Richardson

Klemzig, SA


Natalie Tapson

Horticultural Botanist
Royal Tasman Botanic Gardens
Hobart, TAS


David Taylor

Australian National Botanic Gardens
Canberra, ACT

Ex-Officio member

John Sawyer

Secretary, New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
Wellington, New Zealand


Dr David Coates - President

David Coates is a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Program Leader for the Flora Conservation and Herbarium Program and responsible for coordinating and facilitating research in flora conservation and plant systematics in the Department of Parks and Wildlife in Western Australia. Program activities cover ecological and genetic studies, recovery of rare and threatened species, taxonomy and systematics of the Western Australian flora and research aimed at the amelioration of threatening processes such as Phytophthora dieback, habitat fragmentation and climate change. Included in the Program are the Western Australian Herbarium and the Threatened Flora Seed Centre. David’s research interests cover conservation biology, conservation genetics and evolutionary biology. He is a member of the Western Australia Threatened Species Scientific Committee and adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University.


Dr Paul Gibson Roy - Vice PresidentPaul Gibson Roy

Paul has been involved for some years with the restoration of wildflower grasslands and grassy woodlands, both threatened plant communities. Since 2004 he has headed the Grassy Groundcover Research Project (GGRP), a multiregional research project focusing on the restoration of complex herbaceous vegetation on agricultural lands by direct seeding. The GGRP was initiated as a joint partnership between Greening Australia (Victoria) and the University of Melbourne. Paul is also actively involved with issues of sustainability within the broader horticultural industry and was a founding member of the industry-based NGO Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA).


Dr Zoe Knapp - Secretary

Zoë works in the Parks Australia Division with the Department of the Environment. She has a background in environmental science and consulting, including international positions as a visiting scholar at Sweet Briar College, Virginia, USA, postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, USA, and intern at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK. Zoë completed her PhD in 2006 at the University of Melbourne, Australia, which focused on the biology and reintroduction of threatened terrestrial orchids. During this time, she was also employed as an Orchid Research Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, assisting with a national Banksia Award winning program to propagate threatened orchids for reintroduction.



Merryl Bradley - Treasurer

Merryl has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of WA (1973) majoring in Organic Chemistry. She had twenty years experience in the Commonwealth Public Service in a variety of roles, including project management, contract management, public affairs, marketing, financial management, project co-ordination and process simplification. Since resigning from the Public Service she has worked as both a volunteer and Business Manager for the ANPC and undertaken part time study at the Canberra Institute of Technology towards a Diploma in Environmental Science.


Professor Paul Adam - Committee member

Paul Adam is an associate professor in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New South Wales. He has carried out research in a variety of habitats, including saltmarsh, rainforest and heathland. He has many years of involvement with government conservation agencies and with NGO environmental groups. He has been involved in the development of environmental policy and with the implementation of threatened species legislation in NSW and has continuing interest in the interaction between science and the law in the environmental area. Career highlights include writing the nomination for the listing of NSW rainforests on the World Heritage List and writing monographs on both saltmarsh and rainforest ecology. He has  for many years been active with the bush management activities of the National Trust in NSW.


Doug Bickerton - Committee MemberDoug Bickerton

Doug has been Threatened Plant Ecologist with South Australia’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) since 2006. In this role he provides scientific and policy advice to threatened flora recovery teams and to DENR. One of his key research interests has been in securing funding for population genetics studies to directly inform management of threatened flora in South Australia. In 2011 Doug was Acting Manager of South Australia’s Seed Conservation Centre for six months, overseeing the seed collection, research and storage activities of the Centre.

In 1998 Doug completed a Masters degree in Natural Resource Management with his presentation of a thesis on the pollination biology and ecology of a threatened orchid, Caladenia rigida. For the next five years he was engaged in threatened orchid recovery in South Australia, before moving to a role that allowed him to develop expertise in ecological restoration and threat abatement, particularly pest plant control.

Doug has been an active member of the NGO Threatened Plant Action Group for 15 years, and for six years he sat on the Executive Committee of the Weed Management Society of South Australia, including a stint as President.


Kate Brown - Committee member

Kate is an ecologist with the Department of Parks and Wildlife in the Swan Region of Western Australia working on the protection and restoration of regionally significant bushland including a number of threatened ecological communities. Her work currently involves developing management techniques for environmental weeds and understanding impacts of prescribed burning on the plant communities of Tuart Woodlands. She is also working on restoration of seasonal clay-based wetlands including monitoring and managing the impacts of threatening processes over time.


Anne CochraneAnne Cochrane - Committee member

Anne is a Senior Research Scientist with the Department of Parks and Wildlife in Western Australia. She has managed the State conservation seed bank for rare and threatened species since 1993, a facility that supports wild species conservation and one that is strongly linked with the translocation of species as a recovery action. She has been a long term member of the ANPC and has contributed to the ANPC publication Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia: Strategies and Guidelines for developing, managing and utilising ex situ collections. She is currently undertaking PhD research into seed ecology of Banksia and climate change.


Bob Makinson - Committee member

Bob is currently employed as Conservation Botanist with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, and has more than 30 years experience in plant taxonomy, herbarium management, wild-plant conservation science and practice, and science internship (volunteer) program development. He is a former Curator of the Australian National Herbarium (Canberra), and a former member of the NSW Scientific Committee (for extinction-risk assessment of species and ecological communities). He has been an active ANPC member since 1992 and is a past president. He is a regular presenter at ANPC workshops and wrote and presented the recent Myrtle Rust workshops.


Maria Matthes - Committee member

Maria has worked for 25 years in the field of plant conservation for State and Local Government, and more recently as an ecological consultant. She has been an active member of the ANPC for 17 years, and was convenor and co-author of the first ANPC translocation guidelines and co-author of the 2nd edition, and is a regular presenter at the ANPC translocation and restoration workshops. Her particular interests are the application of genetic research, ecological restoration, translocations, monitoring pollination, fire ecology, climate change, invertebrate-plant interactions, sustainable land management, and community involvement, including Aboriginal groups and farmers.


Helena Mills - Committee member

Helena is a Senior Environmental Officer with the Environmental Protection Authority in WA. Her passion for native plant and vegetation conservation has taken her across the continent and from government to NGO and back again. Helena has worked for the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, the Commonwealth environment department, WWF Australia, the National Trust of Australia (WA) and now the Western Australian government. Helena’s experience includes projects working with private landholders to conserve native vegetation, environmental impact assessment from a regulatory perspective and assessing ecological communities for listing as threatened.


Mark Richardson - Committee member

Having worked with indigenous floras in both Australia and overseas since the late 1970’s, Mark has developed a strong interest in plant conservation.  During his time as the curator of the Australian National Botanic Gardens (1986-1996), he was a co-founder of the ANPC and the Indonesian equivalent INetPC in the 1990s.  Moving to central Australia, he was the curator of botany at the Alice Springs Desert Park (1996-2003) which has played an important role in promoting the importance of Australia’s desert flora and fauna.  More recently, Mark was based in London as Botanic Gardens Conservation International’s regional director for the Middle East and Asia (2003-2006) as a part of the HSBC funded 'Investing in Nature' program. He now works from Adelaide as a botanical consultant.



Natalie Tapson - Committee member

Natalie has an honours degree majoring in Forest Ecology from the University of Tasmania and has worked as the Horticultural Botanist at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens since 1997.  Her position is varied and includes documentation and labelling of the living collection and responsibility for the library and herbarium collections. She is actively involved in the RTBG conservation program and has carried out tissue culture research, translocation and monitoring of rare and threatened species. Natalie is part of the seedbank collecting team at the RTBG and has recently returned from working on Macquarie Island, completing a program to expand an ex-situ seed orchard of the critically endangered Azorella macquariensis.


David Taylor - Committee member

David is the Curator of the Living Collections at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. His previous
roles include Senior Horticulturalist, Horticulture manager and Collections Assistant. He has a keen
interest in landscape design and construction and has been involved in projects using features such
as dry creek beds / above ground drainage, use of locally occurring species, and sustainable low
maintenance landscapes. David has also worked at Yarralumla Nursery as Wholesale Retail and
Production Manager working on the research and marketing of new species and selections. David is a member of the Bush Heritage Trust and lives on / is custodian of a rural block near Gundaroo NSW with good remnant grassy box woodland.