Management Team

Mossman Botanic Garden Inc. is currently managed by a locally based non-profit organisation.  The MBG also has a trading name Botanic Garden Mossman.  At this time, the Board comprises of:

  • John Sullivan - President (Hortulus)
  • Frank Frikker - Vice President (mind & motion®)
  • Tony Woodall - Treasurer (Shannonvale Tropical Winery)
  • Heather Carle - Secretary (local Tourism Professional)
  • John Anich (local Cane farmer)
  • Roy Weavers (Owner Mossman Print)

As the Garden evolves there will be Board changes that cater for a broad range of professional skill sets and fund raising capacities. MBG in heading towards a fully funded world class attraction that will bring destination travellers from around the world. It remains, however, a garden that belongs to the community.


A successful application to the Douglas Shire Council for a Business Development Grant launched the Mossman Botanic Garden ‘Stage 3: membership, governance and business development’ in April this year.   Rebecca Pearse (MBG Project Manager) and Sheryl Burchill (Local Kuku Yalanji Member) are employed one day a week to work with the Board to drive the Membership Strategy, assist with ensuring representation and appropriate skills on the Board, whilst developing the Business Development Strategy.

Key Stakeholders

  • Australian Tropical Herbarium
  • James Cook University
  • Flecker Botanical Garden / Cairns
  • Jabalbina Yalanji Land Trust
  • Kuku Yalanji Members
  • The Botanical Ark / Mossman
  • Wet Tropics Management Authority
  • Terrain Natural Resource Management Group
  • Reef and Rainforest Research Centre
  • Regional Development Australia


  • Hon.Warren Entsch (Federal Minister for Leichhardt)
  • Hon. Jan Mc Lucas (Federal Senator for Qld.)
  • Hon. Bob Katter (Federal Member for Kennedy)
  • Major Douglas Shire Julia Leu
  • Mossman Gorge Centre
  • Prof. Darryn Crane (Director of the Australian Tropical Herbarium)
  • ANZ & NAB, Mossman
  • Chamber of Commerce / Port Douglas
  • Tourism Port Douglas Daintree
  • SkyRail / Cairns


The inaugural staff requirements for the MBG comprise of:

  • Chair/CEO 
  • Project Manager
  • Biosecurity Manager 
  • Curator of Collections
  • Head Gardener
  • Garden Maintenance Staff
  • Legal and Compliance Officer
  • Biosecurity Staff
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Interpretive Officer
  • Office and Administration Staff
  • Cultural and Historical Collections Officer