Our Board



The Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium consists of eight members appointed by the Minister for Environment and Water.

The Director, Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium attends all meetings, which are held on a six weekly basis.

Judy Potter


Ms Judy Potter was appointed to the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium on 21 January 2010 and became Chairperson in July that year.

Ms Potter has served on various boards in the community, Government and tertiary sector, including past Chair of the following Boards: Adelaide Fringe, South Australian Film Corporation and the Adelaide Central School of Art. She currently chairs the Adelaide Festival and is a Director of Musica Viva Australia.

Rob DiMonte

Mr DiMonte joined the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium on 10 July 2012. He is also Chair of the Board’s Finance and Risk Management Committee.

Rob is a professional company director, a Chartered Accountant and design thinker. He designs innovative solutions to “wicked problems” and he uses these skills in the areas of business strategy, operations improvement, organisation design and social change.

He is Chairman of Hood Sweeney and Australian Grain Technologies, President of RSPCA South Australia, Deputy Chair of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Director of GP Partners Australia, and The Chartered Accountants Benevolent Foundation Limited. Rob is the NDIS Industry Development and Market Coordinator General for South Australia.

Rob is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Past National President in 2007) and Member of the Institute of Company Directors.

Jeff Ellison

Jeff is the Chief Executive and Managing Director of the SeaLink Travel Group Limited (SeaLink), a position he has held since early 1997. He is a Chartered Accountant and joined SeaLink following 8 years in private practice. Jeff has been instrumental in the development of SeaLink from a ferry and day tour operator to a diversified tourism and transport operator. SeaLink Travel Group is Australia’s largest tourism and marine transport company and transports over 8 million passengers per annum.

Jeff is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also sits on the Board of Solstice Media Limited and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards SA judging panel.   

Andrew Kay

Since 2007, Andrew Kay has been the Managing Director of Wirra Wirra Vineyards and is well-known and respected in the Australian wine industry. During that time, he has expanded the business and developed sustainability and biodiversity programs at the vineyards.

Andrew has considerable board and committee experience both within the Australian wine industry, and in external positions including the Joanna Briggs Foundation (promoting evidence-based health care), the Centennial Park Cemetery Authority, and the Industry Leaders Fund Scholars Network. He and Wirra Wirra are strong philanthropic supporters of a number of South Australian charity organisations and contributors to the arts sector, including the prestigious Fleurieu Art Prize. 


Elizabeth (Libby) Raupach

Elizabeth (Libby) Raupach OAM has more than 30 years’ experience in areas of performing arts, arts training, community engagement and fundraising.

Libby has previously worked as the Executive Director of the Helpmann Academy and General Manager of Common Ground, and currently manages a 90-acre rural and vineyard property.

In 2008, Libby was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for “service to the visual and performing arts, particularly in the areas of education, administration and training”.

Libby has served on various boards including as Chair of the State Theatre Company of SA and State Opera SA, Deputy Chair of the Jam Factory and Windmill Performing Arts Company and member of the National Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. She is also an Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation committee member.

Libby joined the Board in December 2017. 

Isobel Redmond

After working as a solicitor in general practice for 25 years, Isobel entered the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Heysen in 2002. She held a range of Shadow Portfolios before being elected Leader of the Opposition in 2009, a position she held until 2013. Isobel retired from Parliament at the 2018 State election.

Isobel brings to the Board a strong background in community involvement, serving on Stirling District Council, Stirling Hospital Board, SA Road Safety Advisory Council, SA Ambulance Board, and many others. Isobel joined the Board on 6 November 2018. 


Jamie Restas

Jamie Restas is the National Head of HWL Ebsworth's Corporate and Commercial Group. Jamie joined HWL Ebsworth, Australia's largest legal partnership, in 2014 following several years as Chairman of Partners at Kelly & Co. Lawyers.

Jamie has over 20 years' experience in advising major listed and private corporations in connection with all aspects of corporate and commercial activities. Jamie's expertise includes mergers and acquisitions (public company takeovers and schemes, private treaty acquisitions and joint venture investments), capital raisings (initial public offerings, rights issues, placements, share purchase plans, employee share plans and underwriting) and private equity/venture capital.  In addition, Jamie regularly provides Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rule advice including in relation to related party transactions, corporate governance and directors' duties.

Jamie also serves on the Boards of the Port Adelaide Football Club Limited and Power Community Limited, and is the Chair of the PAFC Governance Committee. Jamie joined the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium in July 2015.