Our team is comprised of genuinely gifted minds

Charlotte Webb OAM

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Founding Member of Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens (1999)
More than 30 years’ experience in the landscape industry, including landscape design, horticulture and the nursery trade. Charlotte has previously established and managed a wholesale and retail nursery, managed an exhibition garden for 18 years, while concurrently running a landscape design practice in the Southern Highlands of NSW. An avid plant collector with an interest in rare plants. A specialist landscape heritage consultant and a founding member of Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens.
Bachelor of Agriculture (Horticulture), Masters Heritage Conservation. OAM for service to horticulture and the community 2012. Past Secretary Australian Garden History Society Southern Highlands Branch. Past Company Secretary and Board Chairman Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers Ltd.
Ex Officio member of SHBG Committees: Business Development, Consultants & Contracts, Events, Friends, Site
Appointed 7 June 2013

Lyn Collingridge


Lyn is a retired solicitor with over 40 years’ experience in Commonwealth and NSW public sectors and several years in private law firms, specialising in superannuation and corporate law. Lyn was General Counsel for 11 years and one year as A/CEO in the NSW public sector.
She has extensive experience in policy development, compliance and corporate governance and is a past director of a superannuation fund board of trustees.
Lyn’s formal qualifications are a Bachelor of Arts in Administration, Bachelor of Laws, Registered Justice of the Peace and Executive member of Southern Highlands Branch of the NSW Justices Association (voluntary role).
SHBG Committees: Business Development, Consultants & Contracts, Events
Appointed 26 October 2015

Gregory Freckman


Gregory comes from a extended background in financial markets starting out as a “Chalkie” in 1983. He has detailed understanding of all types of financial instruments and has the ability to get a good understanding of any type of industry quickly. He has had in-depth exposure to a variety of segments of industry, including but not limited to, fashion production and sales, hospitality, building and the fitness industry.
He currently splits his time between working on finance and compliance for a Securities Dealer and doing compliance and business development for a Home Care Nursing service business. Gregory has been a consistent weekend visitor to the Southern Highlands since 2002 and is an avid believer in this area.
SHBG Committees: Governance.
Appointed 21 May 2018

Chris Webb OAM

Director and Chairman of the Friends

Founding Member of Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens (1999)
Following graduation from Sydney University with a degree in Agriculture, Chris returned to manage the family farm in the Southern Highlands for the next 12 years. After obtaining his Associate Dip Landscape he became a full time Landscape Designer and Horticultural Consultant, practising in the Southern Highlands since 1998.
Being the 5th generation of the Webb family in the local area he has a passion for the history of the Southern Highlands and an avid interest and concern in its ongoing development.
Chris is a Past Chairman and committee member of the Australian Garden History Society Southern Highlands Branch (7 years), Past Secretary and Chairman of the NSW DFA Moss Vale Branch (4 years), member of Rotary Club of Berrima District since 2001.
SHBG Committees: Business Development, Consultants & Contracts, Events, Friends, Site
Appointed 7 June 2013

Chris Blaxland


Recently retired as a founding partner in a consulting firm, developing and implementing strategies, and raising venture funding for early stage biopharmaceutical and medical technology companies in the U.S. His previous experience had been in international pharmaceutical management in Australia, South Korea, the Netherlands and the United States. Chris trained as a veterinarian and practiced in Australia and the United Kingdom before joining this industry.
SHBG Committees: Business Development
Appointed 18 September 2015

Christine Hawkins AM

Director and Company Secretary

Company director and Managing Director of Cinnabar International Pty Limited, which specialises in good governance for all companies but with a focus on the not-for-profit sector.
Christine’s career has been in economics, finance and tax, with the Reserve Bank of Australia, chartered accounting firms and investment banks. She has a long career as a company director, including as chairman of companies in environment and resource management, plant biosecurity, agriculture and food, textiles and fashion, and higher education.
Christine has been Chairman of a Ministerial Council and a non-executive director of major Commonwealth statutory corporations. She is part of the professional faculty of the Australian Institute of Company Directors for her expertise on corporate governance.
Formal qualifications are a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Master of Commerce degrees from the University of New South Wales, Fellow of CPA Australia and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Christine loves gardens and spends inordinate amounts of time wandering around gardens in the Southern Highlands, where she lives.
SHBG Committees: Governance
Appointed 21 May 2018

Peter Rowe


Company director and retired solicitor. A former partner of and now a consultant to a leading international law firm where he had a number of roles including head of the Australian Financial Services Group and deputy chairman of the firm’s Pro Bono and Community committee. Peter has 40 years’ experience in the Financial Services Sector in Australia and Asia and recent board appointments have included companies in Australia and Singapore. Peter has had an association with the not-for-profit sector that exceeds 25 years.
SHBG Committees: Governance
Appointed 26 October 2015