Jess leads ACF’s Great Dividing Range campaign. He has worked across tropical, arid and temperate Australia on marine, mining, forest and biodiversity conservation issues. He has a background in environmental education and community engagement and is a former Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger. He is currently undertaking a Masters of Environment at the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Centre for Australian Progress.
Jim is currently CEO of the National Landcare Network, and has been a member of his local Landcare group in Bombala since its inception in 1993. Trained as a forester, Jim worked and lived in many small rural communities and developed an interest in local government on the Bombala Council. Jim has worked in natural resource management plus has experience of both the public and private sectors running his own business. He has had senior executive positions across commercial and national not for profit and community organisations including as Chair of the Forest Stewardship Council in Australia, and as CEO of Timber Communities Australia.
Kate has over two decades of experience in senior roles as a CEO, senior manager, chairperson, facilitator, consultant and researcher in diverse organisations across Australia; in both regional and national roles. Her recently completed PhD explores the history of cropping and policy learning in northern Australia, “A Circular Conundrum”. Now based in south coast NSW, Kate will be working as Manager NSW Landcare Program and is a Visiting Fellow with the Fenner School for Environment and Society at the Australian National University.
Sam farms with his family at Gundagai running a sheep and cattle enterprise in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. In 2002 the farm was selected as a pilot site for the Australian Government’s national environmental stewardship programme. In 2008 Sam was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship and travelled throughout the world researching environmental stewardship schemes. He is Chair of the Riverina Local Land Services and a non-Executive Director of Farm Apps. Sam has held board, advisory and leadership roles in the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, the Australian Farm Institute, NSW Farmers Association, Murrumbidgee Landcare and the National Farmers’ Federation.
Stephanie is the Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) and a Bidjara woman from Queensland. Stephanie is currently on the Advisory Group of the Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund (ISEF), Director of the Healing Foundation and Advisor to the Indigenous Reading Project. She is passionate about community development, social justice and human rights, and Caring for Country, with a special interest in Indigenous Ranger programs.
John has spent his entire 30 year career in the Western Australian public service supporting people and organisations to achieve their personal, business and professional aspirations. He is currently Director of the State NRM Office in Perth and has been involved in managing NRM programs which have supported hundreds of NRM and Landcare projects with grants totalling over $800 million since 1997. John is passionate about encouraging the continuing involvement of community volunteers and grass root groups in environmental action and having input to Government policy.
Doug has had around 40 years involvement in regional Australia including 25 years leadership experience in the environmental sector. Doug led Bush Heritage Australia (1997 – 2011) to national prominence before establishing his own consultancy working for environmental NGOs, Indigenous groups, traditional owners and natural resource management /catchment management authorities. Doug provides advice and support on a range of strategic, investment, project and governance matters, and is particularly involved in building partnerships and collaborations. Doug is married with three children and lives in southern Victoria.
Tor is recognised as Australia’s pioneer of environmental economics, having been at the forefront of research, teaching and practical management in this field for almost four decades. He has served as President of the Queensland Conservation Council, Councillor of the Australian Conservation Foundation, a founding member of the Queensland and National Environmental Law Associations, founder and president of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, Environment Commissioner for the Industry Commission and Chair of Keep Australia Beautiful. In 2003, he became the first Australian to be awarded an Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to environmental economics.
Gerald is Chair of the National Farmers Federation’s Natural Resources Committee. Raised on an irrigation property at Red Cliffs in the Sunraysia region of Victoria, he has spent his working life as a dryland farmer in the Mallee region. The family operated property produces cereal grains, lambs and wool whilst incorporating sustainable production principles. He also chairs the Board of Ouyen Livestock Exchange Inc., a community based incorporated body which leases the sale yard facility from the local Council and operates it as a commercial entity.
Bill was born in Adelaide, attended primary school in Brisbane and high school and university in Sydney (Medicine), working and teaching in Sydney and Adelaide, including short periods in Papua New Guinea and RFDS out of Broken Hill. A career shift to Health Personnel Education in the early 1970’s led to 21 years with WHO (two assignments in Nepal, one at WHO HQ and another in Cambodia, two as WHO Country Representative), returning in 2002 to Berry, NSW, becoming active in Landcare at local, district, regional and state levels.
Ben is CEO of the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA) and has held that position for 5 years. Prior to this Ben had extensive experience as a teacher and principal in Tasmania and Queensland in a range of settings including primary, secondary and special education. Ben is also a director on the boards of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation and Surfing Tasmania.