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2023 Landscape Excellence Awards Judges

Jude Bates

Judy’s entire working life has been in the horticulture field, with her initial industry background in amenity horticulture. Since that time, Judy has embraced the Landscape Construction Industry and has for 40 years been developing and delivering educational programs in horticulture, irrigation and landscape construction. Judy is currently  TLA Board Member and the Chair of the Awards Judging Panel.

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Jim Fogarty

Jim Fogarty is an AILA registered Landscape Architect based in Melbourne. His design experience includes exhibiting internationally at some of the most famous garden shows accruing over thirty design awards including sixteen gold medals. Jim has been a garden design writer for various publications in Australia, a show garden judge, and is the past National President of the Horticultural Media Association Australia.

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David Louden

45 years as a design professional and consultant to the property industry as Project Manager, Landscape Architect, Design Manager, Mentor and Advisor.  David has national and international experience across a broad range of project types for the private sector and government at all levels.

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Jonathan Garner

Jonathan Garner provides the services of horticultural consulting, onsite training, workshops industry mentoring, estate management and specialised technical services to landscape contractors, designers and garden owners.

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Matthew Tancred

Matthew is principal consultant at Open Space Projects. With over 40yrs of experience, he knows what it takes to deliver successful projects. Matthew has a reputation as a deeply passionate advocate for open spaces and with decades of structural landscaping experience, there isn’t much he hasn’t done.  Matthew combines his extensive experience with genuine enthusiasm for the industry and its people to strive for the best possible outcomes.

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Dianne Werden

Dianne is a highly experienced educational leader with TAFE NSW. Her 35 year career encompasses tertiary research, university teaching and a range of roles in within the vocational education sector. Dianne is a current TLA Board Member.

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Daniel Chamoun

Daniel Chamoun is the Director of Glazed Co, and has been servicing the Pool and Landscaping industry since 2012 with glass and aluminum pool fencing options. A licensed Builder, Glazier & Carpenter by trade, his career started in the Glass industry in 2005 and evolved into Daniel obtaining his Builders license in 2018, building countless luxury homes throughout Sydney.

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Bryce Lambert

Bryce has over 17 years of experience in the horticulture industry both internationally and interstate including open space commercial contracts and Green Infrastructure projects such as green walls, green roofs, green façades and water sensitive urban design. Bryce is a Registered Horticulturist with the Australian Institute of Horticulture and provides valuable industry knowledge to other industry associations across the country.

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Ken Bevan

Ken Bevan has over 25 years experience in the horticulture industry. He was the General Manager of Alpine Nurseries for a number of years. Ken held a position on the Nursery Strategic Industry Advisory Panel, responsible for directing the investment of nursery levy funds which gave rise to key projects such as, the 202020 Vision and Plant Life Balance and was a member of various other industry steering committees.

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Claudia Crawley

Claudia is a residential landscape designer and Co-founder of Grindstone Landscapes based in Sydney with a passion for contemporary garden design suited to individual client needs and focusing on the beauty of simplicity and balance of hard and soft architectural elements. Claudia has a Diploma in landscape design and currently holds a position as sponsorship Director on the board of the Landscape Design Institute.

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David Freston

David has over 20 years’ experience in the landscape industry, across a range of industrial & commercial sites he has delivered projects for both large builders and developers. David has also previously run several large maintenance contracts including the City of Sydney. David has also worked in the UK on many high profile projects like the Eurostar and Heathrow Terminal 5. He also  worked on a garden at Chelsea Flower Show.

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Michael Platt

Michael is a registered Landscape Architect with more than 25 years of experience working as a commercial landscape contractor on major public domain, infrastructure, and theme park projects.
Michael is a past board member of the TLA including two years as president and works as a contract project manager and consulting expert witness in disputes associated with landscape construction projects.

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Ron Berkelmans

Ron Berkelmans, a landscape expert and co-founder of Good Manors Pool + Garden, has driven the company’s success for 33 years. With a foundation in family business in the Netherlands and diverse qualifications, his leadership spans design, construction, horticulture, floristry, and more. Ron’s role encompasses all aspects of Good Manors, offering extensive business management expertise. He’s a committed Board Member and Treasurer at TLA, reciprocating the support he received, embodying growth and collaboration.

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Greg Soster

Greg Soster, a 25+ year industry veteran with formal qualifications in landscaping, building, carpentry, and pool construction. He creates innovative designs for homes and businesses, tailored to client preferences and outdoor spaces. Passionate about mentoring and community engagement. Owner of Outside Space for 15+ years, specialising in creative outdoor designs. Sought after by architects, crafting unique spaces. Strong in project management, regulations, and community involvement.

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