Mossman Botanic Garden Inc. is currently managed by a locally based non-profit organisation. The MBG also has a trading name Botanic Garden Mossman.
In late August 2017, the Management Committee appointed Dr Russell Joshua as CEO. Dr Joshua brings a wealth of experience and networks to the Garden team having worked for large financial institutions in Australia and off-shore, as well as small, high growth technology firms and in government. Most recently Dr Joshua was the international director at James Cook University. Dr Joshua is passionate about botany, regional development and the rainforests of Queensland’s wet tropics being a resident of the Daintree and actively involved in the work of the Australian Tropical Herbarium.
Building off the foundation master plan for the Garden, over the year ahead Dr Russell will be working with the Board, members and external stakeholders to complete the Garden planning, governance, and management, operational and financial arrangements to secure the initial capital funds to commence construction of the Garden.
At this time, the Management Committee comprises of:
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 (Eastern Kuku Yalanji Bama) 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.
The inaugural staff requirements for the MBG comprise of: