Our Volunteer Advisory Committee is a team of self-nominated volunteers from across the nation. They give us a user's perspective on the workings of our volunteer program.
Meet the members
Richard Alcorn (Vic)
Richard has been a long-term supporter of ours, and was also an employee for several years, supporting our IT systems. He's volunteered on many reserves across the country in a range of capacities, from weeding to ecological monitoring to database management, and considers it a privilege to have had these opportunities. He hopes the experience he brings to our committee will help further strengthen the effectiveness of the volunteer program and enhance the enjoyment and sense of achievement for all our volunteers.
"Bush Heritage relies on public support and volunteering is a direct and valuable way of contributing."
Catherine Nicholson (Tas)
Catherine was born and raised in Ireland before migrating to Tasmania, with her husband in the 1980s. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology, a Master’s in Regional and Urban Geography and a Diploma in Environmental Studies. She has over 30 years' experience in regional and urban planning and environmental policy, including as an ex-Commissioner with the Tasmanian Planning Commission. Catherine is currently an expert member of the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal of Tasmania and has convened a local Coast Care group for 14 years.
“I hope to be able to use the skills and experiences I've obtained working in planning and environmental management to help with the ongoing planning of volunteer contributions across the multitude of reserves.”
Eva Finzel (Vic)
Since migrating from Germany, Eva and her husband have spent 30 years living on, loving and managing an isolated 40-hectare bush property on King Island. It was declared a Private Nature Reserve in 2004. For 11 of those years Eva volunteered with the King Island Natural Resource Management Group Inc. doing strategic planning, environmental research, writing grant applications and planning various threatened and invasive species projects. For 8 years she was involved with the Cradle Coast Natural Resource Management Committee in the north-west of Tasmania. In 2013 Eva moved to Melbourne and since 2015 has been volunteering with Bush Heritage in a research capacity for the Conservation Team.
“My motivation for joining this committee is to help develop a volunteer involvement plan that's based on sound data, reflects the diversity and needs of current and potential volunteers and is in line with the vision, purpose, values and strategic plan of Bush Heritage.”
Richard McLellan (WA)
A supporter of Bush Heritage for many years, Richard has embraced volunteering with a passion, helping with a range of activities at Hamelin, Eurardy, and Charles Darwin reserves. An experienced senior-level ecologist and sustainable development program manager, Richard did his original training in environmental science, and is now primarily focused on issues relating to community-based natural resource management, private land conservation, and sustainable development.
“Being on this committee provides me with another chance to contribute to Bush Heritage – whose mission and values are very close to my own. I've enjoyed working alongside other volunteers on reserve, and have been most impressed by their huge contributions. I'm a great believer in the values of collaboration, value-adding and magnification. Volunteers are critical to the success of Bush Heritage and I enjoy having a hand in that.”
Jessie Moyses (Vic)
Jessie is a consultant ecologist employed at GHD in Melbourne. In 2018 she completed a Masters involving a research project on the factors affecting the persistence of Burrowing Bettongs outside Arid Recovery Reserve in South Australia. Jessie loves studying and working in arid ecosystems (likely a product of growing up in Alice Springs), but in the past few years has enjoyed the opportunity to work and volunteer all around Australia. Jessie is a long-time volunteer for Bush Heritage and looks forward to promoting youth involvement in volunteer programs and the sharing of volunteer stories.
Joanne Flint (Qld)
Jo has had some great experiences volunteering on Bush Heritage reserves in Queensland, NSW and Western Australia. She's also supported our Corporate Services Team working on management systems. Volunteer roles with other organisations that Jo has held include various positions on the committees and boards of professional associations. Jo is a Certified Environmental Practitioner with an engineering background. She has more than 30 years' experience, including leadership roles in environmental management and technical services. Jo currently supports organisations on strategy development and risk management.
“Volunteers are genuinely valued by Bush Heritage for their contributions towards the shared goal of conserving Australia’s magnificent landscapes and species. It’s a privilege to be involved in opportunities that further champion the Bush Heritage Volunteer Program.”