The TREENET Team

Glenn Williams

Director TREENET

Glenn Williams took up the role of Director of TREENET in January 2013.

In addition to a past life as an educator in primary schools and TAFE, Glenn had been involved in natural resource management through local government for over 11 years and as a rural landholder and community volunteer for over 26 years.

As a former Natural Heritage Manager with the National Trust of South Australia Glenn was responsible for the Trust’s Register of Significant Trees.  From the outset and supported by an august team of experts comprising the Significant Tree Team, Glenn easily increased his love affair with culturally significant trees.

Glenn continues to support the NTSA Significant Tree Team’s work around significant tree issues and championing the conservation of the urban forest.

Greg Moore OAM

Chair TREENET

Greg Moore was Principal of Burnley College of the Institute of Land Food Resources at Melbourne University from 1988 to 2007.   Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Plant Science and Arboriculture at Burnley from 1979.  He was Head of the School of Resource Management at the University from 2002 to 2007.
Apart from a general interest in horticultural plant science, revegetation and ecology, Greg has a specific interest in all aspects of arboriculture.  He has contributed to the development of Australian Standards in pruning and amenity tree evaluation and continues to be a major speaker at conferences worldwide and in Australia.
He was the inaugural president of the International Society of Arboriculture, Australian Chapter.
He has been a member of the National Trust of Victoria’s Register of Significant Trees Committee from 1988, chairing the committee since 1996.  He has chaired TREENET since 2005.
Greg continues to supervise post-graduate students and pursues an active research profile in any matters that relate to trees in the urban environment and revegetation.
In 2017 Greg was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia:

“For service to the environment, particularly to arboriculture.”

 

David Lawry OAM

Co-founder TREENET, Founder Avenues of Honour

David co-founded TREENET (Tree and Roadway Experimental and Educational Network) in 1997 with Dr Jennifer Gardner, curator of the Waite Arboretum and was its Director until December 2012.  He is also responsible for founding the “Avenues of Honour 1915-2015” project in 2004.

With a Degree in Agricultural Science and a long horticultural history in the nursery and landscaping industry, David is a respected champion for the emerging science aimed at improving the establishment and retention of trees in urban settings, particularly street trees.
In 2008 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia:

“For service to arboriculture and the environment, particularly through research and support for sustainable plantings in the urban landscape, and to the community through the Avenues of Honour project.” 

Darryl Gobbett

Honorary Treasurer TREENET

Darryl has spent over 40 years in the public and private sector, serving in senior management and advisory activities.
Former CEO Prescott Securities and now Chief Economist and Adviser with Baillieu Holst Ltd, Darryl continues to provide regular commentary about the state of various economies and investment markets.
Darryl is a Visiting Fellow at the SA Centre for Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide.
Darryl enjoys his volunteer work in community and environmental services.
TREENET has benefited from Darryl’s erudite advice and encouragement since June 2014.

Judy Fakes

Committee Member TREENET

Judy Fakes recently retired as a full-time Commissioner in the NSW Land & Environment Court. Her previous position was Head Teacher of Parks, Gardens & Arboriculture at Ryde College of TAFE where for 30 years she specialised in the teaching of the theory and practice of soil science and arboriculture She has qualifications in Agricultural Science, Education, Tree Surgery, Forestry and Planning. Judy retains close links with a number of professional industry associations.

Tim Johnson

Committee Member TREENET

A horticulturist, naturalist and educator by training, Tim’s profession of choice is local government arborist. His primary foci during twenty five years with South Australian councils have been sustaining the legacy of earlier horticulturists by continuing to establish trees for future communities and adapting local government practices to meet the challenges of increasing spatial pressures, the degradation of urban soils and climate change.

Tim’s research toward a PhD in civil engineering, Trees, Stormwater, Soil and Civil Infrastructure: Synergies Towards Sustainable Urban Design for a Changing Climate, aligns closely with the philosophy of his employer, the City of Mitcham.

Cameron Ryder

Committee Member TREENET

Cameron has been involved in the broader horticulture industry for 20 years including 14 studying and practicing arboriculture.  Cameron worked as a climbing arborist for a short while before injury forced an early end.  Since 2004, he has worked as a consultant in the arboricultural industry and completed many and varied projects including as an expert witness in numerous legal fora.

In recent years he has co-authored 2 published journal articles based on previous research investigating a cost benefit analysis for formative pruning young trees and on the efficacy of Ground Penetrating Radar.

In 2014, Cameron started C&R Ryder Consulting.  In a short while the business has experienced strong growth and focuses on providing high quality tree and vegetation assessments, GNSS tree surveys and strategic documentation to local governments, utilities, civil and the legal/insurance sectors.

Rob Bodenstaff

Committee Member TREENET

Rob has spent the past 30 years pursuing the better management and utilisation of trees in Western Australia’s diverse urban environs.

Seeking and influencing others to engage in achieving better outcomes for urban trees, has been the driver for him. This has led to the creation of multi-disciplined expertise in arboricultural consultancy, tree canopy management, root zone management, veteran and icon tree management and civic tree farming, as well as being a recognised leader in mature tree transplanting in Australia and Internationally.

Rob’s firsthand experience in developing world leading tree transplanting techniques for mature trees within urban precincts, has bought to light many aspects of our native tree root systems that challenge common literature on the subject and also challenges the way we often manage tree roots in Western Australia’s endemic sands and soils.

His experience and the ongoing investigations, trials, projects and research is helping us discover better ways to successfully engineer trees into the unique built urban environment within Perth’s coastal sands and broader regions; and that may well have application elsewhere.

Lyndal Plant

Committee Member TREENET

Lyndal is an urban forester and has worked in local government policy and strategic planning for urban trees, including many years within the Brisbane City Council.
Now a researcher and consultant, Lyndal has helped advance urban forest evidence gathering techniques and making stronger business cases for investment in green infrastructure.
Lyndal now focuses on policy development/review and cutting-edge urban forest initiatives. She sees the forest, not just the trees – helps plan and monitor outcomes, not just outputs and focuses on trees for people (“human habitat” values) and is committed to greener, cooler neighbourhoods for all.
Lyndal has presented to local, national and international audiences and her research has been published in peer –reviewed journals.

Kate Delaporte

Committee Member TREENET

Kate graduated from University of Adelaide with a BAgSc (Hons) and a Doctorate of Philosophy. She was the 3rd Playford Trust Horticultural Scholar.
In 1999-2000 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the use of Australian plants overseas.
Kate worked on the research and development of eucalypts, as the Postdoctoral Research Fellow the University of Adelaide’s Ornamental Eucalypts Development Program with Professor Margaret Sedgley, in projects supported by the RIRDC, industry collaborators and the Playford Trust.
More recently, this work has been supported by Horticulture Australia Ltd, in collaboration with Industry and the University of Adelaide.
Kate is Curator, Waite Arboretum.