Landcare Australia Appoints New Board Directors to Strengthen Support for the Landcare Movement

Landcare Australia announces the appointment of Brendan Foran and Robert Purves AM to its skills-based board, effective March 2024. These appointments signify enhancement to Landcare Australia’s existing governance and strategic capabilities. Both new directors share a strong affinity for the land, agricultural experience, and demonstrated skills in building networks and pursuing business opportunities in rural and agricultural environments.

Previously CEO of Greening Australia, Brendan Foran brings a wealth of expertise in natural resource management and the environment sector together with strong commercial and governance experience. Brendan was the inaugural Chair of the Australian Land Conversation Alliance (ALCA), the national peak body representing organisations dedicated to conserving, managing and restoring nature on privately managed land. Brendan currently sits on the Boards of GreenCollar, Australia’s largest environmental markets investor along with project developer, AustraHort and the North-East Catchment Management Authority.

“Landcare Australia’s vision for ‘All Australians actively caring for the land and water that sustains us’ is as relevant today as it was during its founding 35 years ago. It’s a privilege and an honour to join the Board of Directors and be part of this movement.”  Brendan Foran.

Robert Purves AM is esteemed for his accomplishments in environmental conservation and his long career in business and the not-for profit sector.  Apart from his own grazing interests Robert has initiated and supported a range of activities and organisations concerned with climate change and biodiversity conservation over several decades, notably the Purves Environmental Fund, with core objectives to empower others working towards environmental sustainability and preservation of biodiversity, primarily through education of individuals and organisations. Robert amongst many other roles is the immediate past President of WWF-Australia and a former board member of WWF International.

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“I have been passionate all my life about Australia’s unique landscapes and preserving them. The Landcare movement has made a material difference, and today it has even greater relevance in a rapidly changing climate. I have been planting trees for near 25 years on my farms in the Southern Tablelands and keen to help build the impact of Landcare Australia.” Robert Purves AM.

Doug Humann AM, Chair of Landcare Australia, said “The addition of Brendan Foran and Robert Purves AM to our board exemplifies our commitment to fostering a diverse and accomplished team. Their shared dedication to sustainable land management and proven leadership in their respective fields and strong commercial backgrounds augments our strategic capabilities. Their collective experience and commitment to environmental stewardship make them invaluable assets to Landcare Australia’s board of directors. ”

Doug further emphasised the strategic importance of their appointment amidst evolving market dynamics. “The national biodiversity market and the expanding carbon market present both challenges and opportunities. Brendan and Robert’s expertise in navigating these landscapes will be instrumental as we strive to address the complexities of climate change, biodiversity loss, and food security.”

Expressing gratitude for the contributions of outgoing directors, Doug acknowledged the exemplary service of long-term board director Peter Sutherland and also Ricky Archer, who has taken up the key role Director, Parks Australia with the Australian Government’s Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

“Peter’s distinguished tenure on the board exemplifies a selfless commitment to Landcare Australia’s mission, tirelessly advocating for its advancement and growth. Ricky’s invaluable contributions have greatly enriched our board and organisation, and especially enhanced our engagement with First Nations organisations. I extend my thanks for their service to the landcare community and best wishes for their next pursuits.”

The appointment of Brendan Foran and Robert Purves AM supports Landcare Australia’s ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation in advancing environmental conservation and sustainable land management practices to support the landcare community. The new directors will support Landcare Australia’s influence and ability to build new income streams and support, both for farmers and for the work of landcare volunteers and their communities.

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