Meet the Judges
Martin Elton, MLSA Vice President (SA)
Director of Elton Landscapes since 2016, Martin Elton is an experienced horticultural expert. In 2005, Martin completed his trade level qualification, Certificate III in Horticulture, before further expanding his knowledge by achieving a Diploma in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Architectural Design in 2014. Working in the landscape industry since 2001, Martin has gained a wealth of experience across a variety of landscape projects throughout the residential and commercial sectors. He is a licensed building work supervisor in South Australia and Victoria.
Martin was most recently on the judging panel for the 2022 MLSA Landscape Excellence Awards, where he used his expertise to help determine the category winners. In October 2022, Martin became the Vice President of the MLSA.
Lisa Hall, Horticulturist and Landscape Designer (WA)
Lisa Hall is a qualified horticulturist and landscape designer who holds a Diploma of Landscape Design, as well as other certificates in this field. Lisa has a strong industry background having worked in both commercial and residential landscaping as a designer and horticulturist. She has experience as a project manager working within the not-for-profit sector. Lisa brings with her almost a decade of design and green infrastructure expertise, most notably her experience with vertical gardens and green facades.
Lisa has spent the last four years of her career as a lecturer at South Metropolitan TAFE teaching horticulture, landscape construction and landscape design skills. In October 2022, Lisa Hall joined the LIAWA Board representing South Metropolitan TAFE in filling its board’s Education position. Lisa is a very passionate, enthusiastic and industry-focused individual and has been involved in several LIAWA events over the years, as well as volunteering her time to the organisation.
Michael Ryan (QLD)
Michael Ryan has many decades of experience in landscape architecture, architecture, project management, construction management, research-based design and disabled-access assessment. He is now retired but ran a consultancy practice from 1974, provided expert witness reports in construction disputes from 1976 and taught half-time at QUT from 1983. He has also performed many state and national tasks for the Institutes of Landscape Architecture and Architecture since the late 1970s and is a Fellow in both organisations. He has been a judge for the Queensland landscape construction awards on many occasions and has been the chief judge for some years.
Matt Leacy, Landscape Architect (NSW)
Co-founder of the award-winning Landart Landscapes, Matt Leacy has more than 20 years’ experience in design, construction and maintenance services across landscaping and pool installation for both residential and commercial properties.
Matt is a media commentator and column writer and regularly hosts events and develops workshops. A qualified structural landscaper, designer, horticulturalist, current board member — and former president — of the LNA Master Landscapers Association, Matt has also worked with City of Sydney, spearheading their Living Colour installations, brining colour and life to inner-city streets.
Outside of work, Matt is a family man with a wife and three young kids. He has a passion for the outdoors, active living and holistic health. He is also an avid advocate for disability support and awareness.
Anthony Scott, Landscape Designer and Builder (VIC)
Anthony Scott has over 25 years’ experience designing and building landscape projects both in Victoria and interstate. With an emphasis on producing high-quality space with a personal touch. Anthony has proven that with well-considered planning and experienced management, even the most difficult sites can be conquered with outstanding results.
Anthony has qualifications in design, structural landscaping and swimming pool construction. For the past six years Anthony has been the head judge of the Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers, Award of Excellence. He has done regular TV appearances and guest speaking at industry events where he shares his knowledge and experience.
Nicole Mulloy, Outdoor Design Source Editor
Nicole Mulloy is the Editor of Outdoor Design Source, the foremost industry resource for specifiers of external works projects. Having held this position for over six years, Nicole has extensive knowledge of the happenings in the landscaping and civil works arenas and an understanding of the changing face of the public space environment. In addition, Nicole is the Editor of the annual Outdoor Living Product Guide, a consumer-facing publication that delves into the world of outdoor design and landscaping. Her experience in both the commercial and domestic realms gives her a solid perspective on this year’s entries across both sectors.
Matthew Richardson, Grillex National Sales Manager – SPONSOR
Matthew Richardson, Grillex National Sales Manager, joined the Grillex team in 2020, bringing with him 11 years of experience in the park infrastructure industry. His extensive expertise has supported the development of partnerships with major construction companies and international architects, to deliver some of Australia’s most iconic open spaces. Matthew is passionate in upholding the Grillex vision that everyone has access to a healthy urban landscape.
Vienna Spence, Husqvarna Australia Marketing Manager – SPONSOR
Vienna is an innovative Marketing Manager, currently leading the marketing team at Husqvarna Australia. With expertise in project management, marketing strategy, planning and team mentorship, Vienna is passionate about bringing people together around common goals to ensure everyone wins – the business, the team and the community.
David Blackman, DECO Australia National Sales Manager – SPONSOR
David Blackman is DECO Australia’s National Sales Manager and has over 25 years’ experience in the building and design industry. David has previously run his own building hardware store as well as owned his own building and plastering companies. David has worked across all areas of the building industry, providing innovative solutions to architects, designers and the building trade to help bring their projects to life.