The Board

The Royal Botanic Gardens Board Victoria (the Board) is a statutory authority established by the Royal Botanic Gardens Act 1991.

The Board has six members, appointed by the Governor-in-Council.

Royal Botanic Gardens Board Victoria Members

Mr Kenneth Harrison AM, MBA, BBus, FCPA, FAICD
Chairman – appointed 10 December 2013
Appointed to the Board 9 April 2012

Mr Harrison is an investment banker and pastoralist with a great interest in plants, the environment and nature and people. Keenly supporting the philanthropic sector he is Ambassador for the Royal Children’s Hospital Leadership Circle, Governor of the Australian New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Foundation, Chairman of Barwon Health Research Leadership Circle, Chairman of Monash Health Leadership, Experience and Philanthropy, Ambassador for Australian Dental Association Evident Foundation, and Director Northern Bay College Future Fund.

Professor Tony Bacic FAA
Appointed to the Board 17 December 2013

Professor Bacic is a plant biologist with an extensive background in research and research training. His primary focus is on understanding plant growth and development with a view to ensuring a secure food supply and sustainable agriculture. He was Director of the Bio21 Molecular Science & Biotechnology Institute (until 31 December 2014), The University of Melbourne, Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, and was a long serving member of the Maud Gibson Trust Advisory Committee.

Mrs Penny Fowler GAICD, BBus
Deputy Chairman – appointed 9 April 2016
Appointed to the Board 8 April 2014

With a background in business and marketing, Mrs Fowler is the Chairman of the Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd and the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. She is also a board member of the Australian Ballet and the McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery, is actively involved in a range of community organisations and an ambassador for Second-Bite.

Ms Jillian Riseley GAICD, MSt, BA
Appointed to the Board 9 April 2016

Ms Riseley has 25 years' experience in sustainability and public affairs. Previously Ms Riseley has held leadership roles in the corporate and private sectors and currently leads a range of social, economic and environmental impact investments (including as CEO of FairGo Group). Ms Riseley has extensive Board experience and is currently a Non-Executive Director and Board member on a range of private, public and government Boards including Launch Housing and Responsible Entities Ltd. Qualifications include a Masters in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge.

Ms Susanne Williamson GAICD
Appointed to the Board 9 April 2016

For 25 years, Ms Williamson has held senior marketing and fundraising positions at charities including the Heart Foundation, Arts Centre Melbourne and Monash University. Winner of multiple awards for her work in the non-profit and commercial sectors, she is currently Head of Fundraising at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Ms Jennifer Wolcott GAICD
Appointed to the Board 15 December 2009

Ms Wolcott is currently Director Equality at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the Victorian public sector holding executive positions in Environment Protection Authority, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the Department of Primary Industries and Parks Victoria, and has been a member of the Victorian Coastal Council.  She has led a number of major inquiries, including the Independent Fiskville Investigation.