Landcare Australia Board of Directors

Landcare Australia’s Board oversees the organisation’s direction, its governance, and works with management to develop and execute the strategic plan. Our Board members offer a range of skills including; finance, legal and risk management, government relations, business, agribusiness, water management and the environment.

The current members of Landcare Australia’s Board of Directors are:

Doug Humann AM

Doug Humann AM

Chairman

Doug Humann AM (GAICD, BA (Hons), Dip ED) was appointed chairman of Landcare Australia in 2016. With more than 40 years involvement in regional Australia, including 30 years leadership experience in the environmental sector, Doug led Bush Heritage Australia (1997–2011) to national prominence before establishing his own consultancy. Doug is primarily engaged with non-government organisations, Indigenous groups 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, collaborations and mentoring.

Jan Davis

Jan Davis

Board Member

Jan Davis (MAgribus, MEnv Plan, BEc, MAICD, FAIM, FAusAE) has held leadership roles in a number of industry groups in the agriculture and natural resources sector. She is now the CEO of RSPCA Tasmania.

An experienced non-executive director, Jan’s current roles include Australian Shellfish Industries Pty Ltd and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Tasmania) Ltd. She is also an elected member of the Northern Midlands Council, and a member of the Tasmanian Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal.

Rachel Gatehouse

Rachel Gatehouse

Board Member

Rachel Gatehouse (BEcon, CPA, MAICD) has an accomplished career in banking and financial services spanning over 25 years. Presently she is Chief Financial Officer at Archistar.ai.  Prior to that she was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at venture capital backed Brighte Capital and Chief Financial Officer of HBOS Australia and Head of Finance for the Retail Division ANZ. She has extensive experience in complex regulatory environments across both large established organisations as well as fast growing fintechs. In her executive career, Rachel has run large technology programs and driven cultural change programs. Rachel has significant governance experience, including a director of Capital Finance Australia Limited, and in 2017 was acting Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Robert Nicholson

Robert Nicholson

Board Member

Robert Nicholson (BSc, LLM, MBA, GAICD) is a solicitor and Senior Advisor at Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading global commercial law firm. Robert is a former member of the Victorian Government’s National Parks Advisory Council, and Melbourne Parks and Waterways Advisory Council.  Robert is a director of Port of Melbourne, Alinta Energy and Nucleus Network.

Peter Sutherland

Peter Sutherland

Board Member

Peter Sutherland (BA, BSc (Hons)) has had an extensive senior executive career in the public and private sectors in water and natural resource management. He retired from GHD as Business Leader Water Resources. Peter’s positions include; Deputy Director General DIPNR, NSW, Deputy Secretary DNRE, VIC, Deputy Commissioner on the Murray Darling Basin Commission, member of the National Land and Water Resources Audit, member of the National Taskforce on Sustainable Agriculture, and member of the Prime Minister’s Land Management Task Force. Peter is a former president of the University of Melbourne Alumni Association, Sydney branch.

Partnerships Committee

This committee provides advice to the Board on strategies to maximise funds while protecting Landcare Australia’s brands. The committee develops and provides advice on the delivery of partnership guidelines, the management of Landcare Australia’s trademarks; the application of bequest funds; and monitors the marketing and public relations activities. Members of Landcare Australia’s Partnerships Committee:

Peter Sutherland

Peter Sutherland

Committee Chair

Robert Nicholson

Robert Nicholson

Partnerships Committee Member

Doug Humann AM

Doug Humann AM

Partnerships Committee Member

Finance and Audit Committee

This committee reviews the organisation’s financial performance, that the reporting is compliant with external standards, and ensures appropriate risk management controls are in place. The committee also liaises with external auditors who review Landcare Australia’s financial report annually. Members of Landcare Australia’s Finance and Audit Committee:

Jan Davis

Jan Davis

Committee Chair

Rachel Gatehouse

Rachel Gatehouse

Finance and Audit Committee Member

Doug Humann AM

Doug Humann AM

Finance and Audit Committee Member

Robert Nicholson

Robert Nicholson

Finance and Audit Committee Member

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