Log in


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

Our objectives are to:

  • 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 sell 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 and Articles of Association, 18 April 2018

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 board:

Heather Miles, President, board member, delegate Hunter Valley 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, Dip Photoimaging, GAICD.

John Aitken, Vice President, board member

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, and has served as a delegate to ANPSA. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Microbiology, Graduate Dip Education, Dip. Law (SAB/BAB)
Sue Fredrickson, board member, delegate North Shore Group  Sue is retired and was formerly working for the NSW government in the field of analytical chemistry. She has been a member of APS NSW for around 20 years and for most of that time has been the main organiser of the group's monthly walks and trips away. She loves the Australian bush and enjoys plant propagating with the Group. 
Margaret Gaul, board member, delegate for Blue Mountains Group Margaret is a longstanding member of Blue Mountains Group and has grown Australian native plants for over 50 years. She has an academic background and has extensive management and consultancy experience as well as serving on boards and committees of not-for-profit organisations.
Lisa Godden, board member, delegate for Sutherland  Lisa is a member of the Sutherland Group. She developed a keen interest in learning about native plants both in the wild and in her own garden since moving near the Royal National Park 3 years ago, and this led her to join APS. She has previously worked in finance and operations management and currently does a number of volunteer roles across different sectors such as community services and youth.
Harry Loots, board member, Treasurer and delegate for Northern Beaches Group Harry has been a member of the Australian Plants Society since 1991 when he joined Harbourside Group where he was group president from 1994 until its closure in 2010 and its newsletter editor from 2006 to 2009.  Since 2011, he has been member and APS (NSW) delegate for the Northern Beaches Group. He has been a member of the Special Projects Committee (Bequest Fund) from 2000. Harry has also been an Australian plant grower for the last 28 years with an award winning endemic plant garden in North Sydney.  He has been an active bushwalker for most of his life. Harry was vice president of APS NSW between 2009 and 2013 and had a day job as a High School teacher.
Dorothy Luther, board member and delegate for Harbour Georges River

Dorothy has recently joined the Board of APS and has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. She looks forward to applying her skills and experience to enable APS to have more impact and achieve its goals, by utilising Information & Communication Technologies (ICT).

As an ICT expert, Dorothy has worked in many large companies over 30 years. Working as a contractor alongside senior executives, Dorothy’s role was to devise strategies for using ICT to gain a competitive advantage for the company. After stepping back from the hurly burly of business, Dorothy has been teaching at universities, sharing her experiences with postgraduate ICT students, who appreciate her reality stories.

Tony Maxwell, board member, 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.

Peter Olde, OAM, board member, delegate for Menai 

Peter joined the SGAP as it was then around 1979 and soon became President of Sutherland Group (3 years) and later President of NSW Region (3 years), subsequently holding the position of Vice-President for many years. He was the Exhibition Manager of Wildflower Shows held at Peakhurst in the 1980s. Peter is currently the President and delegate of Menai Wildflower Group. His tertiary qualifications include BA (Languages), Graduate of Dip. Ed. Uni of Sydney. After leaving university he was called up to national service and served in the Vietnam War as an intelligence operative. He was awarded the Australian Plant Medal in 2015 and the O.A.M. in 2020. He has had considerable experience as a company director, managing a private business for over 30 years after leaving his teaching career after two years. Peter is currently an honorary research scientist with the National Herbarium of New South Wales where he concentrates on the taxonomy of Grevillea, the third largest genus in the Australian Flora.
Merle K Thompson OAM, board member, Membership officer Merle has held office at local, state and national level for approximately 40 years. Her previous roles in the Australian Plants Society include federal secretary 1993-1995, federal treasurer 2007–2009, 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 and membership of conference planning committees for 1993, 2002 and 2007 conferences. Her professional career involved roles in counselling, administration and policy within the NSW public sector.

 Additional roles



John Aitken and Merle Thompson Australian Plants

See details above

Dan Clarke, Conservation Officer

Dan is a fully qualified botanist who works as a botanical consultant through the Ecological Consultants Association of NSW. Dan undertakes flora surveys, providing information for vegetation mapping and type-deteminations, and also monitors and searches for threatened flora species. Dan has been involved in several NSW Government Saving our Species Projects since 2015. More info on Dan here

Nic Maher, Study Group Liaison Officer

Nicole Maher lives in Wagga Wagga with her three young children, her wonderful husband and a slightly bonkers dog. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Science, majoring in Botany, and a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture. Nicole has worked in natural resource management for over 10 years, with the last 8 years at Murrumbidgee Landcare. She is excited about getting more involved in the Society, and looking forward to reading about all the interesting activities our Study Groups are getting up to. 
Heather Miles, Lindy Monson, Website manager, social media See above
Glenda Browne, Office support Glenda Browne was an APS member in Sydney some decades ago and rejoined as a member of Blue Mountains Group in 2017. She worked first as a biotechnologist and then as a librarian, also fitting in freelance indexing work from home. Indexing of books, journals and websites is now her main career. Glenda has been involved with the ANZSI indexing society in many roles, and is an occasional volunteer with the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group, Australian Greens and Pyjama Angels (reading with children in foster care). She lives with her husband and daughter in the Blue Mountains, and has a son in Canberra. Her garden is partly native and mostly in need of care.
 Jeff Howes, plant profile writer

Jeff is making a major contribution to the Society, working with Heather Miles and Dan Clarke, collecting and collating information, about the growing aspects of many species of the Sydney Basin and frequently grown garden species. Developed as a plant profile, they are added to the website, after being checked by Dan Clarke. Jeff's interest in native plants came about many years ago, when he was looking at publications in a news agency and spotted an attractive yellow flower on the cover of an Australian Plants publication, Vol 8 , No 68, dated Sept 1976. From there he joined APS and still finds Senna artemisoides attractive. Jeff has engineering, QA and Training and Development qualifications and worked in design and installation of navy ships and electricity generation. More here

 Jan Williamson, board minutes

Jan has been a member of North Shore Group for 14 years and for many of those, held the role of minutes secretary and editor of the monthly newsletter, Blandfordia. Jan's interest in native plants started in her youth when exploring the local bush at East Lindfield and continued for many years. She joined APS when she was keen to develop a native garden to encourage native animals and birds to their home, plus she liked the wonderful diversity of Australian plants. See more here

Australian Plants Society NSW Representatives to external bodies:

ANPSA Council

John Aitken

Australian Flora Foundation

Ross Smyth-Kirk

Burrendong Arboretum

 Lyn Burgett
Nature Conservation Council Margery Street, Heather Miles, John Aitken

Annual Reports


APS NSW Confidentiality and Privacy Code of Conduct

Insurance - message to members

Members, insurance documents can be found in the Members only section of the website. Go to the Home page, and log in. Then click on the three parallel lines on the right hand side at the top. This will take you to the insurance section, where you can download the various documents. 

P.O. Box 263
Cremorne  Junction NSW 2090

Copyright © 2021 The Australian Plants Society - NSW. All Rights Reserved  •  Site by

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software