Dr Philip Moors
Director and Chief Executive, Royal Botanic Gardens
Leads and promotes the activities of RBG Melbourne and RBG Cranbourne, the National Herbarium and ARCUE in order to achieve the highest standards in horticultural, scientific and financial management and in visitor and education programs.
Dr Moors worked as an ecologist in New Zealand for 15 years, becoming Assistant Director (Research) for the Department of Conservation. Between 1989 and1992, he was Director of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (now Birds Australia) in Melbourne. He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to the community through conservation and the environment. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Committee for Melbourne, has been national President of Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) since 2005, and is a member of the Myer Foundation’s Sustainability and the Environment Committee.
Mr Chris Russell
Director, Cranbourne Gardens
As Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, a division of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Chris oversees conservation management and research programs, development and delivery of educational programs and activities, and development and curation of horticultural displays, including the Australian Garden.
Chris has extensive experience in the natural resource management, tourism, education and horticulture fields, gained through a variety of roles with land management authorities responsible for National Parks management and 13 years with the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. This experience, coupled with nearly ten years in the building industry, as well as tertiary qualifications including a BSc (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma in Land Rehabilitation, gives Chris broad insight into the challenges facing contemporary botanic gardens.