Meet the Ballarat Botanical Gardens Foundation Board of Directors

Ballarat Botanical Gardens Foundation Limited was created on 18 October 2018 as a public ancillary fund. The Foundation Trustee is a company limited by guarantee.

The initial directors are Elizabeth Gilfillan, Robert Selkirk, Mark Schultz, Daina Macleod and Peter Wilson. Volunteers who bring valuable experience and expertise to the Board.


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BBGF AGM Report 2019

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   John Hawker - Patron

For 24 years John has been a Horticulturist with Heritage Victoria. Other work experience has included, Horticultural Project Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne and Horticulturist, Urban Design, Department of Planning. 

At Heritage Victoria his responsibilities include the assessment of places, including trees, gardens, and cemeteries for the Victorian Heritage Register, heritage studies, and heritage management advice. 

In 1989 John was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the conservation and management of botanic and historic gardens in Italy and England. He has participated in plant surveys of more than 150 gardens and designed landscapes, and provided conservation advice and assistance to many owners and managers over 36 years.

Since 1982 John has assisted the National Trust with the development and management of the Register of Significant Trees of Victoria.

John is a member of International Dendrology Society, Australian Garden History Society, Port Arthur Conservation Advisory Committee, and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

His publications include: Elms in Australia (co-author), History of Elms in Australia, Dutch Elm Disease Resistant Elm Cultivars, Rare Pines in Victoria, Garden Conservation Studies for Burswood (Portland), Coolart (Somers), and Kamesburgh (Brighton); Cemeteries Our Heritage - landscape reports; Care and Maintenance of Significant Trees; Selections and Styles of Planting used in Victoria over the past 150 years.

   Elizabeth Gilfillan - Chair

Elizabeth is passionate to raise awareness and inform about our natural environment for future generations. She travels widely observing and enjoying botanical and private gardens.

Elizabeth retired as a trained nurse to study Horticulture and Garden Design and has operated her own business for 25 years.

She is a long-standing member of Friends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens where she has been a Committee Member for 20 years and is a Past President. She has been on the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens committee for 10 years - six years as Secretary - and an Australian Garden History Society Member since inception.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better
Albert Einstein

   Robert Selkirk

Robert was born in Ballarat and after his education at Geelong Grammar School and the School of Mines Ballarat, entered the Family business of Selkirk Brick Pty Ltd as a fourth generation family member. He ultimately became the Chairman of Directors and has since retired.

Active in the Ballarat community, Robert is a past President of the Rotary Club and Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Board of Sovereign Hill for 18 years - a Past President and Life Governor. Robert is also a Past President and Life Member of the Ballarat Beefsteak and Burgundy Club.

He is currently President of the Friends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

   Daina MacLeod

Daina is a Director at AC Accounting & Business Solutions.  She has over 16 years experience in public practice working in Tax, Self-Managed Superannuation and has a background in I.T.

Daina is passionate about working closely with small to medium businesses to help them achieve their personal and business goals. Daina volunteers a lot of time to help not for profits in the Ballarat Community and is currently on the board of Melba Support Services, the public committee for BREAZE and we are very pleased to now have her on the newly formed Ballarat Botanical Gardens Foundation board.


   Mark Schultz

Mark has been involved in business for over 40 years in a diverse range of industry sectors. He was one of the founding Principals of the SED Consulting Group, a leading business advisory organisation. He was also an inaugural Board Member and Chairman of Ballarat Health Services, an organisation created out of the amalgamation of three public health services in Ballarat.

Currently, Mark is Chairman, BGT Employment; Deputy Chairman, KOTO International; Chairman CEO Institute Syndicates 2 & 18; Member, Harvard Business Review Advisory Council.
He is a Fellow, Certified Practicing Accountant, and Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2013 Mark published his second book Good governance, Good business, a guide to governance excellence in the non-profit sector.

   Peter Wilson

Peter is a lawyer and Past President of the Ballarat and District Law Association.  

He is a Past Member, Law Institute of Victoria Council; Past Member, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal; Former Part-time Presiding Member Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Victoria (now VCAT), and Past member of the Law Faculty Advisory Committee, Australian Catholic University.

Peter's community roles have included: former Council member Federation University Australia and former Chair of Audit and Risk Committee; Past Chairman Ballarat Begonia Festival Association;
Past Chairman (1997-2010) North Ballarat Football Club (VFL); Chair, Lifesaving Victoria Grievance and Judiciary Committee; and Board, St Patricks College Ballarat.

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