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Portrait photo - Louise Sylvan

Louise Sylvan – President

BA MPA. Appointed 2009

Louise is Adjunct Professor, Prevention Research Collaboration, at the University Of Sydney School Of Medicine. She also chairs  Energy Consumers Australia  and is a non-executive director of the Social Enterprise Finance Australia. Louise also serves on the Advisory Board of Impact Investing Australia and the Economic Development Committee of the NSW Land Council. She has previously served in a number of other senior roles including CEO of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency , Commissioner of the  Productivity Commission  and Deputy Chair of the  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission .

Portrait photo - Nick Burton Taylor

Nicholas Burton Taylor AM – Treasurer

BEc (Syd), F Fin, FCA, FAICD. Appointed 2013

Nick has a longstanding commitment to rural communities and has extensive experience in the Australian agricultural sector. He owns Hillgrove Pastoral Pty Ltd and Kenny’s Creek Angus, producers of beef and grain. Nick is currently the Chancellor of Southern Cross University, Chair of  Country Education Foundation of Australia  and of  Delta Agribusiness  and has served on the Boards of several listed companies, many of which have a rural focus.

Alexander Gosling

Dr Alexander Gosling AM

FTSE FIEAust Deng MA(Hons). Appointed 2016

Dr Alexander Gosling was the founding director of Invetech, and has worked in the field of product development and technology commercialisation for 40 years.

He has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia for services to industry, technology and the community, awarded an honorary Doctorate of Engineering, elected a fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, and sits on a number of Boards.  He is an active supporter of Zoos Victoria’s “Fighting Extinction” programme. He produced a film about the Outback which included a section on Bush Heritage.

 

Portrait photo - Christopher Grubb

Chris Grubb

B.A, B.Comm. Appointed 2011

Chris is currently a non-executive Director of several Asian investment management companies, Chairman of Boardroom Australia and a Trustee of  The Australian Museum Foundation . He's previously served as Chairman of ASX-listed companies and was a director of investment bank Jardine Fleming for 22 years as well as serving as a director of other public and not-for-profit organisations. He is a keen birdwatcher and naturalist.

Portrait photo - Hugh Possingham

Prof Hugh Possingham

FAA, PhD. Appointed 2015

Dr Hugh Possingham, FAA, FNAS, is a Professor of Mathematics and a Professor of Ecology at The University of Queensland and Chair in Conservation Decisions at Imperial College, London. His research interests are in conservation research, decision science for environmental problem solving, reserve system design, ecological modelling and ecology. Hugh will join The Nature Conservancy as Chief Scientist in November 2016, leading the work of more than 600 scientists engaged in conservation efforts impacting 69 countries around the world.

Portrait photo - Keith Tuffley

Keith Tuffley

BEc, LLB, LLM.  Appointed 2006.

Keith Tuffley is the Managing Partner and CEO of The B Team, a group of global business leaders who are driving a better way of doing business for the wellbeing of people and planet. He's also the Founder & Chairman of  NEUW Ventures SA, an impact investing company focused on the creation and financing of new businesses which reduce the human ecological footprint and accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable economic system. Keith has spent over 25 years in finance, investment banking and the capital markets.

Portrait photo - Leanne Liddle

Leanne Liddle

LLB, BASc. Appointed 2009

Leanne is a passionate scientist and lawyer who has worked in many senior positions within government and non-government organisations. She is employed with the Northern Territory Government at the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice as the Principal Policy Law Officer living in Darwin. Leanne has delivered specialised lectures both nationally and internationally, with a particular focus on restoring and protecting plant and animal species in the  Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands  (APY) in South Australia. Leanne is a strong advocate for applying traditional Aboriginal use of fire in unmodified landscapes and ensuring the integrity of indigenous scientific practices.

Portrait photo - Michelle Leichman

Prof Michelle Leishman

BSc (Hons), PhD.  Appointed 2015

Michelle is a plant ecologist with over 20 years research experience focused on invasive plants, vegetation responses to climate change, restoration ecology and plant conservation. She leads a research group in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University. Michelle is a member of the Scientific and Conservation Committee of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney, and of the  Australian Flora Foundation Council. She's past Chair of the NSW Scientific Committee and current Head of Department.

Portrait photo - Phillip Cornwell

Phillip Cornwell

BA LLB (Hons). Appointed to the Board in 2015

Phillip has been a partner at  Allens  (a leading commercial law firm) since 1984 where he specialises in project finance and acquisition financing. Phillip also lectures on infrastructure projects and takeover finance for a Sydney University Master of Laws course. Phillip chairs the Allens Pro Bono and Footprint Committees and serves on the Allens Community Engagement Board.  He also chairs the board of the Australian Pro Bono Centre and is a director of  Suicide Prevention Australia .

Portrait photo - Rebecca Nelson

Dr Rebecca Nelson

J.S.D., J.S.M., B.E. (Env.Eng.)/LL.B. Appointed 2014

Rebecca is a lawyer with a strong interest in water management, regulation and policy. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne, and a Fellow (Non-Resident) of the  Woods Institute for the Environment  at Stanford University. Rebecca combines this work with independent consulting. In 2014, Rebecca was named the Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year by the Law Council of Australia for her significant contribution to environmental law.

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