Dr Shane Norrish is chief executive officer of Landcare Australia, a national not-for profit that works in partnership with multiple stakeholders to support the landcare community with funding and capacity building for on-ground projects.
Shane commenced with Landcare Australia in 2007 in the role of Landcare Farming Manager. Since then he has managed Landcare Australia’s Landcare Farming program, significant revegetation biodiversity projects, and partnerships focused on the agriculture and land management sectors.
Major projects include the Durness Borland Landcare Corridor at Tea Gardens NSW, Living Landscapes at Bundanon NSW, Conservation Reserve in Victoria’s Wimmera and Landcare Australia’s role as a Service Provider for the Australia Government Green Army and 20Million Trees programs.
During his career, Shane has worked across a wide range of agricultural industries with a key objective of supporting projects that integrate natural resource management and conservation with improved productivity.
Prior to working for Landcare Australia, Shane’s agronomic research background focused on interactions between soil properties, crop nutrition and seasonal rainfall variability. He has a strong history of participatory on-farm research working closely with farmers and their advisors. The majority of his work on dryland cropping and sugarcane projects addressed the interface between productivity, resource management and environmental issues.
Shane has also worked on an Australia aid project in India addressing food security, natural resource assessment, and monitoring and evaluation of alternative crop sequences.
He holds a PhD in crop agronomy from the University of Western Sydney.
In April 2018, Shane was appointed CEO of Landcare Australia. In this role his vision is to substantially grow the strength of Landcare community groups and networks, and establish Landcare as the preferred delivery partner for all stakeholders.
Shane likes to start his day surfing on Sydney’s northern beaches to get the blood flowing and to delay spending time in Sydney traffic.