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Portrait photo - Louise Sylvan

Louise Sylvan – President


Louise Sylvan is the Chair of Energy Consumers Australia, a body set up by COAG Energy Council to provide consumer advocacy in the national energy policy arena. Previously Louise had been the Chief Executive Officer of Australian National Preventive Health Agency, an organisation aimed at reducing preventable illness; a Commissioner of the Productivity Commission; and Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (appointed as the member with expertise in consumer affairs). Louise has served internationally on the OECD Consumer Policy Committee and nationally on a range of Government advisory bodies including EPAC and the Australian Statistics Advisory Council to the ABS. Louise joined the Bush Heritage Board in 2009.

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Nicholas Burton Taylor AM – Treasurer

BEc (Syd), F Fin, FCA, FAICD

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 with properties in NSW and Queensland. Nick was appointed Chancellor of Southern Cross University in 2013. He is currently the Chair of the 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. Nick was the Founder and Managing Director of Hays Accounting Personnel and is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Nick joined the Bush Heritage Board in 2013.

Portrait photo - Christopher Grubb

Chris Grubb

B.A, B.Comm

Chris has been involved in the funds management and investment banking industries for 40 years. He now specialises in investing in and advising investment management companies on investment policy and business strategies. He was a Director of Asian and Australian investment banking group Jardine Fleming for 22 years and represented them as Chief Executive in both Asia and Australia. Chris is currently a non-executive director of several Asian investment management companies and Chairman of Boardroom Australia. He is a trustee of The Australian Museum Foundation and was formerly Director of Odyssey House McGrath Foundation and Chairman of the Australian Fund Manager Foundation. Chris has been a supporter of Bush Heritage's model for managing areas of unique ecological value and biodiversity for twenty years. He joined the Bush Heritage Board in 2011.

Portrait photo - Hugh Possingham

Prof Hugh Possingham


Hugh Possingham is a Professor in the School of Biology and Professor in the School of Maths and Physics at The University of Queensland, Emeritus Professor at The University of Adelaide and Chair in Conservation Decisions at Imperial College of London. His research interests are in conservation research, operations research and ecology. More specifically his lab works on addressing problems to secure the world's biological diversity: efficient nature reserve design, habitat reconstruction, monitoring, optimal management of populations for conservation, cost-effective conservation actions for threatened species, pest control and population harvesting, survey methods for detecting bird decline, bird conservation ecology, environmental accounting and metapopulation dynamics. Hugh is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow 2014-2018, Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, and Director of National Environmental Science Programme - Threatened Species Recovery Hub. He received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 1987. Hugh joined the Board in 2015.

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Keith Tuffley


Keith is the Founder and CEO of NEUW Ventures SA, a Swiss-based impact investing company, focused on the creation and financing of sustainability start-up businesses. Keith spent 17 years in investment banking, and was previously Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs in Australia, and Head of the Industrials Group across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Keith has completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD, and the Goldman Sachs Non-Profit Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. He is also a Director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and a Governor of WWF-Australia. Keith joined the Bush Heritage Board in 2006.

Portrait photo - Leanne Liddle

Leanne Liddle


Leanne is both a scientist and a lawyer. She's spent many years in senior management within government, having previously worked with South Australia's Department of Premier and Cabinet as the Manager Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY) and the West Coast. She's also worked for many years on an award-winning project called ‘Kuka Kanyini’, which involved re-introducing animals and plants in the APY lands. Leanne is currently the Senior Policy Advisor at the Northern Land Council in Darwin. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (with a Major in Environmental Science) from the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours) from Flinders University. Leanne has published internationally and nationally with her expertise in the area of traditional use of fire. She joined the Bush Heritage Board in 2009.

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Prof Michelle Leishman

BSc (Hons), PhD

Michelle is a plant ecologist who has over 20 years research experience, focusing on invasive plants, vegetation responses to climate change, restoration ecology and plant conservation. She leads an active research group in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University and also contributes to research and conservation though membership of various committees including the Scientific and Conservation Committee Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust and the Australian Flora Foundation Council. She is an Associate Editor  Journal of Ecologypast member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts  and past Chair of the NSW Scientific Committee. She works closely with other researchers, policy people and operational staff through her roles as Deputy Director of MQ Climate Futures and the Biodiversity Node of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub. Michelle joined the Bush Heritage Board in 2015.

Portrait photo - Phillip Cornwell

Phillip Cornwell

BA LLB (Hons)

Phillip has served as a partner at Allens (a leading commercial law firm) since 1984. He specialises in project finance and acquisition financing. Phillip has advised on many ground-breaking transactions, and written numerous papers and articles, in those fields and he 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. Phillip has been a supporter of Bush Heritage since 1998 and he joined the Board in 2015.

Portrait photo - Rebecca Nelson

Dr Rebecca Nelson

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

Rebecca Nelson is a lawyer with a strong interest in water management, regulation and policy. She is a Fellow (Non-Resident) of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow of the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne, and combines this work with independent consulting on water and environmental law and policy. Previously Rebecca managed a collaborative research program on groundwater law and policy between Stanford University and Sydney University, and worked in the environmental and water law practices of an international law firm, including a long-term secondment as the in-house lawyer for the Murray-Darling Basin Commission (later Authority). 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. Rebecca joined the Bush Heritage Board in 2014.

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