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.

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.

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.

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.

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 a member on the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium.

Lowen Partridge

Lowen held senior roles in communication consultancies and in-house marketing for a number of professional service organisations before establishing her own consultancy, Peartree Brand Strategy. She has worked across most sectors including construction, finance, food and wine, health, retail, local government, manufacturing, tourism and professional services (legal, accounting, architecture and engineering). Lowen holds a Degree in Education from Flinders University, an MBA from the University of South Australia and a Graduate Diploma Wine Marketing from the same university. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is an Accredited Family Business Adviser and a Certified Practising Marketer.

Bill Fowler

Bill in an insurance professional with 15 years experience with Origin Energy. He has served on the Boards of the Wyatt Benevolent Trust, Novita Children’s Services, and the Gas Industry Superannuation Fund.

Mimi Wong

Mimi is a Senior Partner at GRIST and has extensive experience in sales and service (retail and contact centres), customer retention, leadership mentoring, behavioural coaching, change management, business processes and marketing. She has worked on Telstra boards to assist with marketing, equal opportunity, change management and process management.