Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation



The Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation is dedicated to supporting the future of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia.

Although the Gardens receive annual funding from the South Australian Government, we also rely on the generous support of the community, individuals and business to contribute to the nurturing and growth of our beloved Gardens.  

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation raises and administers community funds for the purpose of scientific research, education, acquisition and maintenance of living collections and for the long-term financial security of the Gardens.  

Funds raised through the Foundation assist the Gardens with their important work in scientific research and education, and the maintenance of living collections.

Find out more about the many ways you can get involved and help the Gardens continue our important work.

The Foundation has reporting and fiduciary responsibility to the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium. The Foundation is governed by a Committee that provides overall strategic direction and monitors the financial performance and distribution of funds. The Foundation is audited and presents its financial statements to the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Board annually. The Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation is the trustee of the not-for-profit ‘Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation Fund’ (ABN 27 967 437 460), and has deductible gift recipient status for taxation purposes.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation Committee

We have several vacancies on our Committee. Click here to read the Position Description

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation Committee brings a broad range of business experience and financial expertise, along with a passionate commitment to the Botanic Gardens.

Richard Nunn


Richard Nunn is currently Chief Executive Officer of Statewide Super and brings valuable commercial knowledge and strategic experience to the Board. Richard holds more than 25 years’ experience in financial services.

Moreover, Richard holds a lifelong interest in natural history and botany, with a particular focus on carnivorous plants, triggerplants and orchids. He has published articles in journals, co-authored a book and serves as Vice-President of the International Carnivorous Plant Society. Richard is also a member of the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium.

Jan Angas

Deputy Chair

Jan has resided in the Barossa for the last 30 years running a family mixed farm with husband John. Food growing has been part of this enterprise with a philosophy of natural balance.

Keeping diversity of species and healthy growing conditions have long been her mantra in leading the charge for regional food and health benefits of eating good produce.

James Allen


With a passion for entrepreneurism and a background in agribusiness, James has focused his career on supporting the growth and development of Australian enterprises. An energetic leader of business advisory firm Bentleys SA, James takes a practical approach to supporting business owners as they set up and grow their operations.

James’ expertise includes all manner of business advisory and taxation services, including not for profit organisations, start-up enterprises, international taxation and business structuring and succession. 

James is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is the National Chairman of Bentleys’ Agribusiness Pillar.

Stephen Couche

Stephen Couche was responsible for the international development and marketing of the Jacobs Creek brand for which he won Australian Marketer of the Year. Stephen has served on many wine industry bodies and committees as well as on the Board of the Royal Adelaide Hospital from 1995 to 2004.

Away from work Stephen enjoys gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.

Angus Irwin

Angus is currently Managing Director of Neutrog, having been appointed to that role in 2004. Angus was one of the original Founders of Neutrog, having been raised on the family farm in the State’s South East.

David Knox

Mr David Knox was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Santos in July 2008. He has 25 years of experience in the global oil and gas industry, including as Managing Director for BP Developments in Australasia from 2003 to 2007.

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, David holds a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Edinburgh University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde. David joined the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium in December 2009 and is Chair of the Board's Strategic Positioning Committee.

Merilyn Kuchel

Merilyn Kuchel began her professional life as a schoolteacher, but in the early 1980s she studied horticulture while establishing a large Hills garden, and then began lecturing at TAFE, designing gardens and offering horticultural advice.

She was the SA and the NT co-ordinator of Australia’s Open Garden Scheme from 1997 to 2005. From 2009 until 2015 she worked part time as a project officer for the Sustainable Landscapes Project at the Botanic Gardens of South Australia.

Merilyn has been the horticultural advisor for the National Trust at Beaumont House since 2009 and leads a team of volunteer gardeners in the rejuvenation of the three-acre garden.

An active member of the Horticultural Media, Garden History and Mediterranean Garden Societies, she offers her services as an advisor to people wanting to renovate old gardens.

Julie Mitchell

Julie Mitchell is a corporate social responsibility and communication specialist who believes in the power of words, and has a desire to change the narrative around describing ageing.

Julie has designed and executed complex community investment programs in locations through Australia and Asia. 

Ian Stirling

Ian Stirling was previously Chief Executive Officer of ElectraNet. He has also held various executive positions within the company, including Chief Financial Officer. Mr Stirling has extensive experience in senior management positions in all energy sectors including generation, transmission and distribution.

Mr Stirling holds a Bachelor of Business with a double major in Accounting and Law and is a Certified Practising Accountant.