OFFICE BEARERS

WORLD FEDERATION OF ROSE SOCIETIES – OFFICERS

PRESIDENT

Henrianne de Briey

BELGIUM

Elected President of the WFRS in 2018. Daughter of WFRS Founding President Lily de Gerlache. “Born in a bed of roses”, I followed and helped my mother in almost all of the rose exhibitions organised by the Belgian Royal National Rose Society, my first contact with the WFRS was at the Benelux World Convention in 1997.

I look forward to working with our members around the world to promote and encourage a love of roses.

hdebriey@hotmail.com

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

derek-2-square

Derek Lawrence

UNITED KINGDOM

For Derek, being appointed Executive Director of the WFRS in June 2015, was beyond his wildest dreams. Like many other leading organisations, the World Federation of Rose Societies faces many challenges in future years. However, he is confident the Federation will continue to grow and flourish throughout the 21st Century. He feels the beating heart of the WFRS is testimony to the immense enthusiasm and genuine friendship, that shines through the entire worldwide Membership.

dereklawrence@talktalk.net

TREASURER

Diane vom Berg

AUSTRALIA

Currently in my third term as Treasurer of WFRS, membership of the Rose Society of South Australia enables me to attend conventions, participate in the exchange of information about the rose and enjoy the friendship of other rosarians around the world all for our favourite flower “The Rose”. I look forward to seeing you in Adelaide, Australia in 2022 for the next WRC , Celebration 22.

dianevomberg@gmail.com

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Kelvin Trimper

AUSTRALIA

President, The World Federation of Rose Societies 2015 – 2018. Past President of The National Rose Society of Australia and Rose Society of South Australia. Awards include the Australian Rose Award, T.A. Stewart Memorial Award, Gold Medal from the WFRS and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

ktrimper@bigpond.net.au

VP – AUSTRALASIA

Paul Hains

AUSTRALIA

President of the National Rose Society of Australia. Recipient of the Australian Rose Award. Author of 2 rose books, “Growing Roses in Subtropical Climates” and “Growing Roses”. An active rose breeder with many roses released in Australia. Paul established social media for the WFRS in 2015 and has redesigned the WFRS website in 2018. WFRS Webmaster

www.growingroses.com.au paul@hainsroses.com

VP – AUSTRALASIA

Doug Grant

NEW ZEALAND

Doug is a scientist for a research and develop- ment company in New Zealand specialising in the genetics and breeding of onions and Cucurbit crops.

In his spare time he is an amateur rose breed- er. His roses have received awards in Rose trials in New Zealand including the New Zea- land Rose of the Year.

douggrant99@gmail.com

VP – NORTH AMERICA

Diana Antonition

BERMUDA

Born and raised in Bermuda, I have been a member of The Bermuda Rose Society (BRS) since 2006. In May 2011, was elected Vice President of BRS and subsequently President in May 2013. Having achieved all BRS mandated requirements, was awarded “Accredited Judge” status in April 2013. June 2018 was elected WFRS Vice President for the North America Region.

VP – NORTH AMERICA

Lois Fowkes

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Lois has supported WFRS for over thirty years as USA Delegate, Show Standardization Standing Committee, World Rose Award recipient 2015, Friend for Life Member, Judge at WFRS Shows and International Rose Trials. Currently Chairman, WFRS Awards Committee. ARS Life Member – 1977, ARS Director – 12 years, Silver Honor Medal, Outstanding Consulting Rosarian Award, Outstanding Judge Award, instrumental in securing the rose as “US National Floral Emblem”

VP – SOUTH AMERICA

Rosario Algorta de Carrau

URUGUAY

Designs gardens and parks in Montevideo, Punta del Este (beach resort) and farms in the countryside of Uruguay, including roses which do well in Semi-Tropical conditions. Winter and summer pruning of roses all around Uruguay. Past President of the Uruguayan Rose Society, Past President of Judges of the Uruguayan Rose Society, WFRS International Judge, WFRS Vice President – South America.

VP – AFRICA

Vivienne Black

SOUTH AFRICA

I have attended conventions in South Africa, Beijing in China, Lyon in France and in India, and will be attending the convention in Copenhagen, Denmark in June 2018. I was invited by Spek Roses to attend the trials in The Hague. I have visited the Damascena rose farms in Bulgaria, and attended I.F.T.EX International Trade Expo in Nairobi, Kenya, where I visited many rose farms. I have attended the Chelsea Flower Show with Keith Kirsten to view David Austin Roses.

VP – EUROPE

Mireille Steil

LUXEMBOURG

Spending my childhood in the countryside of Luxemburg, in a garden full of flowers, I always loved roses. In 2009 I joined the Luxemburg Rose Society. I regularly participate as a judge in the European Rose-Trials. Elected President of the Luxembourg Rose Society in 2015, I was able to achieve, in 2017, our greatest dream with my association, a rose-garden for the old and new Luxemburgish Roses, the “Roseraie Château de Munsbach”.

VP – EUROPE

Breda Bavdaž Čopi

SLOVENIA

President of Slovenian Rose Society since 2004 and Vice-President of WFRS for Central and Eastern Europe since 2012.  Founding member of the Slovenian Rose Society and the key person in Organizing Committee for Regional WFRS Convention in Ljubljana, 2017. Bachelor of Science in agriculture. Worked as Head of the Depertement for environmental planning department and public parks in the City of Koper and later as a freelance garden designer. Very much involved with her four grandchildren and, of course, with the roses as a rosarian, rose consultant and officer.

VP – EUROPE

Inger Schierning

DENMARK

In March 2009 I was elected President of The Danish Rose Society, and in 2015 elected WFRS VP for Europe 1. In June/July 2018, after 5 years of carefully planning, I had the great pleasure to convene the 18. WRC “A Fairytale of Roses” incl. the golden 50 years jubilee of WFRS with more than 620 delegates.  Much of my life was, and will forever be involved with the most iconic flower– The Rose.

VP – CENTRAL ASIA

Ahmed Alam Khan

INDIA

An ardent nature and rose lover, he has an impressive collection of hundreds of rare exotic plants and a big rose garden with over 25000 rose plants. Was awarded the ‘Award of Garden Excellence’ award by the WFRS.  He has organized and  hosted  WFRS regional convention 2014 at Hyderabad India, which was a grand success.

VP – FAR EAST

Shiwei Zhao

WORLD FEDERATION OF ROSE SOCIETIES – COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN 2018-2021

PRESIDENT
chairs the COUNCIL, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE and HONOURS COMMITTEE

Henrianne-portrait-square

Henrianne de Briey

BELGIUM

Elected President of the WFRS in 2018. Daughter of WFRS Founding President Lily de Gerlache. “Born in a bed of roses”, I followed and helped my mother in almost all of the rose exhibitions organised by the Belgian Royal National Rose Society, my first contact with the WFRS was at the Benelux World Convention in 1997.

I look forward to working with our members around the world to promote and encourage a love of roses.

hdebriey@hotmail.com

AWARDS

Daniel Boulens

CLASSIFICATION & REGISTRATION

Richard Walsh

CONVENTION LIAISON

Helga Brichet

ITALY

INTERNATIONAL JUDGES

Gavin Woods

AUSTRALIA

INTERNATIONAL ROSE TRIALS

Marga Verwer

NETHERLANDS

PROMOTIONS

Kelvin Trimper

AUSTRALIA

PUBLICATIONS

Jolene Adams

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

THE BREEDERS CLUB

Jean-Luc Pasquier

SWITZERLAND

CONSERVATION & HERITAGE

Brigid Quest-Ritson

UNITED KINGDOM

SOCIAL MEDIA

Paul Hains

AUSTRALIA

EDITOR

Steve Jones

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA