NGIA Board

The NGIA Board of Directors is composed of elected representatives from each state or territory nursery and garden industry association. Provision exists for up to two additional representatives to be appointed to the board as a co-opted representative for a duration of 12 months. Board elections of President and Vice President occur during the first board meeting following the Annual General Meeting.

Mike Mehigan

Elegant Outdoors, NSW (President)

Mike entered the industry in 2001 and has operated his own businesses for nearly 20 years. He has served on the board of Nursery & Garden Industry NSW & ACT since 2006 including two years as President. He was appointed to the NGIA board on 15 November 2011 and elected President in December 2013

Karen Brock

Brocklands, TAS (Vice President)

Karen has 25 years’ experience in Floriculture and Horticulture which also involved industry participation by serving as President of Nursery & Garden Industry Tasmania (NGIT) for six years and a standing committee member of Agrifoods Skills Council for four years. She was appointed to the NGIA Board on 25 November 2014. Karen holds an Advanced Diploma Horticulture and is a Nuffield Scholar.

Simon Smith

The Plantsmith, NT

Simon has served on the Nursery & Garden Industry NT Executive for nine years, including five as President. He was appointed to the NGIA board on 15 November 2011 and has served as Vice President of the NGIA Board. Simon holds a Bachelor of Science and a Certificate in Landscape Technology

Geoffrey Fuller

Wholesale Plants and Products, SA

Geoffrey has 40 years’ experience in the Nursery Industry starting in 1975 with retail garden shops and a production nursery before joining plastic manufacturer, Masrac as general sales manager from 1991 to 2001. He served as the CEO of the Nursery & Garden Industry SA for 12 years until semi-retirement and works part time as the Administration Manager for Wholesale Plants and Products. He is currently a member of the SA Water Business Advisory Council, a councillor with the Royal Adelaide Show Horticulture Committee and honorary EO of the Horticulture Coalition of SA. He was appointed to the NGIA board on 25 November 2014.

Colin Groom

Domus Nursery, WA

Colin is a second generation nurseryman with 17 years’ experience in the industry and was the recipient of the Young Leader Award in 2003. He was appointed to the Nursery & Garden Industry WA (NGIWA) board in September 2011 as Vice President and served as President from September 2012 to August 2015. He previously served on the NGIWA board from 2001 to 2010 including three years as President. He was appointed to the NGIA board on 15 November 2011. Colin holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Certified Nursery Professional.

Paul Lancaster

Suncoast Water Gardens, QLD

David Howard

Bay Road Nursery, VIC

David has been working in the industry for almost 40 years. From his first part-time job at Din San Nursery, where he was blown away by the sheer variety of the plants – “It was like a lolly shop,” he says – he moved on to Gill’s Nursery in Brighton to complete his apprenticeship. Then, 25 years ago, he bought Bay Road and has been running it successfully ever since.