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.

Karen Brock

Brocklands Pty Ltd, TAS (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.

Ben Grange

Grange Growing Solutions, NSW (Vice President)

Ben has over twenty years’ experience in the industry and currently oversees the Sales and Marketing for the family business, Grange Growing Solutions which he manages with his brother and sister. The company is the largest growing media supplier in NSW operating in Ebenezer which is 70km NW of Sydney. Ben has also spent six years on the state Nursery & Garden Industry Board which has helped lay the foundations of professional corporate governance for current national board issues.


Paul Lancaster

Suncoast Water Gardens, QLD

Paul’s industry involvement spans over 12 years, as owner manager of “Suncoast Water Gardens”.
He has held Board positions over a ten year period, including President and Vice President at NGIQ and has been on the National Board for 2 years.
Suncoast Water Gardens was established in 1995 and soon grew into a large production nursery supplying water and tropical plants to the retail and landscape trade.
Ross Hooper

Zanthorrea Nursery, WA

Ross is the 3rd generation of Hoopers at Zanthorrea Nursery and as of 2015 the sole director of this award winning Garden Centre. He has been working and studying Horticulture since 2002, and has training in landscape design, interactive multimedia and photography. Ross also sits on the NGIWA board and represents the Retailers in Horticulture.

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.

Peter Jong

Jong's Nursery, SA

Originally from the Netherlands, Peter Jong has grown up in and around nurseries. Interested in following up his family tradition, he decided to study production horticulture. In 2008 Peter moved to Australia where together with his family he set up Jongs Nursery. In 2011 he was a National finalist for the Heather Rumsey Young leader award and has been building his involvement with the Industry ever since. Peter was the driving force behind a reinvigorated Nextgen group in South Australia, he was part of the Structure Change Advisory Committee and sat on the NGISA board for 4 years.

Hamish Mitchell

Speciality Trees, VIC

Hamish managed gardens before moving into the nursery industry as a Manager for Anthony Tesselaar. In 2007 managed then became owner of Speciality Trees in Victoria.
Having served on the NGIA board 2013 until 2016 including time spent as Vice President, also chair of the Environment & Technical Committee, Board member & President for Landscaping Victoria, panel member on the Hort Innovation Nursery Strategic Investment Panel (SIAP), recipient of Award of Merit from Landscaping Victoria in 2015, a Recognition of Service Award from NGIV in 2016 and NGIA Recipient of Award of Honour 2018.