Our people

Last updated on 16 Feb 2017 

Our supporters and our partners are the keys to our success. Without the support of thousands of Australians who contribute through their donations or their time as volunteers we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have.

A handful of very special people have made exceptional contributors to our success. Phillip Toyne, Don Royal, Bob Brown and Judy Henderson have all been awarded Life memberships to honour their efforts.

Founder - Dr Bob Brown

Dr Bob BrownOur founder, Bob Brown, started Bush Heritage. “I was walking in Tasmania’s Liffey Valley on a sunny day in 1990 when I made a decision that began the journey we now know as Bush Heritage Australia... I was walking high above two beautiful bush blocks that had come up for sale and that logging companies were keen to buy... I thought about what might happen if someone didn’t protect that land."

Our Board

Louise SylvanAn independent, committed board of directors oversees the organisation, headed by President Chris Grubb and Vice-President/Treasurer Nick Burton Taylor.

Our structure

Headed by CEO Gerard O'Neill, we employ over 80 staff around the country in roles as diverse as reserve management, indigenous partnerships, ecology, planning, human resources, finance, fundraising and marketing.


Steve ParishWe also thank our ambassadors – Chris Darwin (great grandson of naturalist Charles Darwin) and Philip Adams (journalist) – for their contributions.

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