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.

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.

Naomi Edwards

Naomi Edwards

Board Member

Naomi Edwards is the Co-Founder of Intrepid Landcare, a national network that inspires young people to act and lead with landcare and is a community engagement and communications specialist. Based in South-East Queensland, Naomi has a strong history of advocating for meaningful community participation in NRM, particularly in coastal and marine settings. Naomi is currently Campaign Manager for cChange, an innovative communications organisation based in the Pacific that leads behaviour change campaigns for a range of sectors.

Ricky Archer

Ricky Archer

Board Member

Ricky Archer is CEO of the North Australian Indigenous Land & Sea Management Alliance. Ricky has extensive NRM and governance experience, and is a Director of various Indigenous and NRM organisations, including the NT Aboriginal Land Management Advisory Group and CRC for Developing Northern Australia. Now based in Darwin, he is a Djungan man from the Western Tablelands region of North Queensland.

 

 

James Walker

James Walker

Board Member

James Walker is a fifth generation grazier operating Camden Park located near Longreach, Queensland. The property is a 8,000 Ha organic, global animal partnership (GAP) accredited cattle station that hosts agritourism and a large scale solar farm. Being a 2012 Nuffield Scholar and awarded Australian Farmer of the Year for excellence in diversification, James has built digital platforms and generated alternative businesses models to include environmental sustainability into farmer profit streams. James was a finalist for the 2020 Bob Hawke Landcare Award.

Anna Hooper

Anna Hooper

Board Member

Anna Hooper is a highly regarded agribusiness professional with extensive national resource management, policy, finance and governance experience. Anna has a strong practical background in the wine industry, being a winemaker and viticulturalist in Australia and overseas. Anna has been held various Board roles including with the SE NRM Board and Australian Vignerons. Anna is currently Manager, Industry Policy for Australian Grape and & Wine, based in Adelaide.

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:

Rachel Gatehouse

Rachel Gatehouse

Finance and Audit Committee Member

Robert Nicholson

Robert Nicholson

Finance and Audit Committee Member

Doug Humann AM

Doug Humann AM

Finance and Audit Committee Member

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