Our Board

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In the interests of public safety Mount Lofty Botanic Garden will be closed on Wednesday 13 December due to the Extreme fire danger rating.
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The Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium consists of eight members appointed by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation.

The Director of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia attends all meetings which are held on a six weekly basis.

Judy Potter

Chairperson

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.   

Christine Elstob

After graduating in law from the University of Adelaide and being admitted to the Bar as a legal practitioner in South Australia, Christine spent most of her professional life working in the field of human rights, first in Melbourne, followed by two decades in the International Labour Office in Geneva, Switzerland and several years in Washington DC.

Since returning to Adelaide, she has undertaken various assignments in her field and also currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the History Trust of South Australia (History SA). Christine was a member of the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium from 2004-2008 and was delighted to rejoin the Board of some of her favourite Adelaide haunts in July 2011.

Lily Jacobs

Lily Jacobs is the CEO of Renew Adelaide, a not-for-profit organisation that fosters creative enterprise in vacant property. She has led since September 2012 when she was its first full time staff member and has overseen significant growth in the organisation, taking it from 3 to 40 projects annually.

She is a former lawyer who finished dux of her degree and worked in commercial, property and intellectual property law at the Federal Court and then at Lipman Karas and Camatta Lempens Solicitors. She also taught property law and urban theory at the University of Adelaide. Lily had previously studied architecture, and has also worked in arts events and administration.

Lily is the youngest member of the Economic Development Board of South Australia and also serves on the board of Brand SA. Lily joined the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium in July 2015. 

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, Mr Nunn 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 holds a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma in Economics, is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Richard is also a Director of the Glenelg Football Club and Pulteney Grammar School.

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, Power Community Limited the Adelaide Film Festival and is the Chair of the PAFC Governance Committee. Jamie joined the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium in July 2015.