Company overview

The Australian Plants Society NSW Ltd (ABN 87 002 680 408) is a company limited by guarantee. It is a non-profit, independent, incorporated community organisation registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

ACNC Certification of APS NSW as a Registered Charity

A summary of our objectives are:

  • Promote the appreciation, study and participation in growing, conserving and propagating Australian native plants and their habitats
  • Encourage the use of Australian native plants in home gardens and public places.
  • Interest nursery owners and managers to propagate and Australian native plants to the public.
  • Increase and disseminate general knowledge of Australian native plants.

Our Memorandum and Articles of Association are located here: 

APS NSW MEMORANDUM with amendments

Board members and Officers

The Australian Plants Society NSW Ltd is overseen by a board comprising appointed members and delegates of our local District Groups.

Our current board comprises:

John Aitken, President John has had a passion for Australian native plants for over 40 years. He has held positions as a science teacher, virologist, and barrister. He is former president of Sutherland group a director of APS NSW since February 2007, has served as president of APS NSW and delegate to ANPSA. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Microbiology, Graduate Dip Education
John Andrews, delegate for Central Coast group John has held information technology positions in a number of large companies. He has been a member of Central Coast group for ten years where he has held the positions of president, vice president and district group delegate.
Alix Goodwin, Vice president and delegate for Blue Mountains group Alix joined the board in 2014. She is an active member of Blue Mountains group holding the position of group secretary since 2008 and director of the Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve Trust since 2014. Alix is CEO of the National Parks Association of NSW. She is a Churchill Fellow.
Harry Loots, Treasurer and delegate for Northern Beaches group Harry joined the Australian Plants Society in 1992 and was president of Harbourside for 10 years and newsletter editor for 3 years. Harry was vice president of APS NSW between 2009 and 2013 and a member of the Bequest Fund Projects Committee since 2000. He has been an Australian plant grower for 25 years and is an active bushwalker.
Tony Maxwell, delegate for Parramatta and Hills group Tony is a retired paint chemist and a member of Parramatta and Hills group since 2006, holding roles as vice president and president. He became Parramatta and Hills group delegate to the Board in 2011. Tony’s interest is the distribution of native plants in southeast Australia.
Heather Miles, Secretary and delegate for Hunter Valley group Heather is a member of the Hunter Valley and North Shore groups and is director and secretary of APS NSW. She has extensive experience as a director, executive and consultant across multiple industry sectors. BSc, MBA, Dip Landscape Design, GAICD
Roger Starling, delegate for North Shore groupRoger spent his early life in the UK, followed by several years in pharmaceutical sales and subsequently in other sales positions. He is a qualified horticulturalist having a Certificate 3 in Horticulture and completed the Diploma in Horticulture. He was actively involved with HG Kershaw Pty Ltd Seedsmen. Roger has been a director of APS NSW since 2005.
Merle K Thompson, Membership officer and delegate for Central West group Merle has extensive experience in counselling, administration, policy and training in vocational guidance and educational fields. Previous roles in the Australian Plants Society include federal roles as secretary and treasurer, property officer and program convenor for APS NSW, secretary and president of Blue Mountains group, NSW delegate to ANPSA conferences and the ANPSA council, tour manager for the 2007 conference.

Office bearers:

Editors Australian Plants

John Aitken and Merle Thompson

Editors Native Plants for NSW

David Crawford

Conservation Officer

Dan Clarke provides consulting advice and services to a wide range of businesses in bushland regeneration and restoration, and ecological education and training in conservation and land management. B.Sc. First class Hons (Botany), Cert IV in General Horticulture, Cert II in Bushland Regeneration.
Study Group Liaison Officer  Wendy Grimm
Website Manager Heather Miles

Australian Plants Society NSW Representatives to external bodies:

ANPSA Council

John Aitken

Australian Cultivar Registration Authority

David Murray

Australian Flora Foundation

Ross Smyth-Kirk

Burrendong Arboretum

 Lyn Burgett
Native Flower Growers and Promoters Johnathan Steed
Nature Conservation Council Margery Street

Past Annual Reports


P.O. Box 263
Cremorne  Junction NSW 2090

Contact us here

Membership: merleaps@bigpond.

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