Curriculum Vitae



Qualifications
1965 National Diploma in Agriculture (Harper Adams Agriculture College, Salop, UK)
1966 National Diploma in Agricultural Engineering (Distinction) (Writtle Institute, Essex UK)

Work Experience
1967 Emigrated to Australia
1967-1970 Variety of casual jobs around Australia including farm work, stainless steel sink polishing and working in hotels.
1970 - 1980 Australian Broadcasting Commission. Rural Dept, Based in Perth, Geraldton, Bunbury, Maryborough (Q), Brisbane and Sydney
1980 - 1988 Founder and proprietor of Harper Seed Company, a business that specialised in the selection and production of Australian annual species for both the domestic and export market. Developed production and cleaning techniques for many species new to cultivation. Business sold in 1988.

Media Experience
1981-1989 Presenter ABC TV Greenfingers
1987-1999 Gardening writer for the West Australian
1987 Contributing author Australian Daisies
1988-2003 Presenter of ABC radio gardening programs for regional and metropolitan audiences
1989-1994 Presenter ABC TV Gardening Australia and contributor to Garden Australia Magazine
1991-1994 Editor of the WA Gardener
1991, 1992 and 1995 Author WA Gardeners' Diary and Yearbooks
1996 – 2005 ABC TV WA Weather presenter
2004 - Key member of the Great Gardens team developing and building presentations in addition to presenting at workshops
1990- MC at many Awards nights and State and National conferences for the Nursery and Garden Industry, Housing Industry Association, Landscaping industry and others.

Consultancy
1988 – Established a consultancy based upon horticultural advice, media presentation, pictorial plant library and computer applications for horticulture and plant water demand analysis. Clients and projects include
Perth Zoo Plant species, distribution, mapping and recommendations for fodder production
WA Dept of Agriculture Re-establish the Agwest Garden Advisory Centre
WA Water Authority (subsequently the Water Corporation) Principal consultant from 1990 to the present on 'Waterwise Gardening" including researching and writing Waterwise brochures, leaflets, information sheets and web pages, the development of the Award winning ‘Waterwise Plants for Perth Gardens’ and 'Waterwise Plants for WA' databases and the development and presentation of specialised Waterwise Training courses for many groups within the horticultural industry including Nurseries and Garden Centres, Lawnmowers, School Gardeners, Bunnings and Local Government.
The Plant Doctor at Garden Week since 2000

Awards
1991 National winner of the Wilkie Medal from the Anti Football League (for doing the least to support football!)
2007 Finalist WA Water Award
2008 Winner WA Water Award 2008
2010 Winner (as part of Great Gardens) WA Water Award

Other
1981-1983 President WA Wildflower Society
1983 - 1986 Federal President of the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
1990 - 2010 President Araluen Botanic Park Foundation (Inc)
1990 - 2006. Member of Araluen Botanic Park Board
2001 - Present. Honorary Member WA Nursery & Garden Industry
1989 – Present Tour leader of custom garden tours to Europe and China