Our Board
2021 - 2022

Marianne Gibson

Marianne Gibson


A member of Warkworth club, my passion for floral art started with the simple question “can my wife be taught to do flowers like that?” My passion and enthusiasm for the Society is very strong, however, having spent most of my years on club, area and national committees, I freely admit I still have a lot to learn “to do flowers like that". My aim is to continue gaining more qualifications so once my term of office is complete, I can continue to give back in other ways.

Shirley Russ

Shirley Russ

Vice President

I am entranced with the beauty of flowers, my mind travels the pathways of nature's gardens and finds surprise and joy through all the world's flora. As a New Zealander I appreciate our temperate climate, the oceans surrounding us, the diversity of plants growing here and the landscape which influences our lifestyle. Transferring this passion to floral design allows me to express the wonder, the contrasts, the fragility and strength through my individual creativity.

From sand saucer decorations, my floral exploration has led me to teaching and demonstrating and currently being on National Management for FASNZ. Like any journey it began with one small step.

Helen Jackson


My passion for floral designing started by entering the local church flower shows in the early 1980s. This opened another door for me through joining the Marlborough Floral Art Group in 1985.
In 1991 I took the opportunity to take on the secretary’s position for my club, and 30 years on, still hold this position and have been rewarded for this with Life Membership of the club. During this time I have held secretarial positions for a number of organizations, namely the local Tennis Club and 25 year Jubilee of the local High School. Most recently Academy of Floral Design Secretary and Treasurer.
I also hold a Diploma in Teaching and Judging. I am hoping my experience and secretarial skills will keep me in good stead as I take on the challenge for the position of FASNZ Secretary. My time in Floral Art has taken me places and have met some lovely people along the way.


Sharon Beckett


A Floral Art Member of the Bay of Plenty Area for 20 years. I have served four years as a Board Member and seven years as the FASNZ National Treasurer. I have been professionally involved in Horticulture throughout my working life. A strong interest in floral design evolved while serving my Horticultural Apprenticeship.

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Larraine Dunne

Board Member

A late starter in floral art, I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie experienced being part of our local floral art family. For me, that family now is not just Whakatane, but the Bay of Plenty and beyond. I am hoping that my ‘former life’ as Executive Officer in a local high school will be of benefit to FASNZ Management.

Margaret Huckstep

Board Member

Member of Floral Art North Canterbury since mid 1990’s and held office at Club and Area. Currently on FANC Committee and Canterbury Area Secretary In awe of all the fabulous designers within Floral Art family and enjoy having ‘a go’. The seed was sown a long time ago when School Flower Shows were our first opportunity to design sand saucers and germinated for a long time before joining FANC. My involvement in volunteer groups at local and national level have given me transferable skills in governance which I bring to the Management Board.

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Vanita Patel

Education Committee Chairperson

I was born in Whakatane and grew up in Taupo. Like many floral designers my passion for flowers started in my mother’s rose garden in Taupo, and my path to Floral Art flourished in 1994.

I went on to pursue my floral career and have become a National Qualified Teacher, Judge and Demonstrator of the Floral Art Society of New Zealand.

Sharing in the creativity from all aspects of floral art gives me stimulation to develop management and education within the world of Floral designing.

I continue to update my skills by participating in workshops with international Designers at FASNZ conferences and overseas.

My personal skills extend to Property Management, Owner-operated businesses, Events organisation, Business Management and Corporate Floral designing.


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