Advisory Committee

Last updated 15 Jan 2018 

Our Volunteer Advisory Committee is a team of self-nominated volunteers from across the nation, tasked with providing a user's perspective to the workings of our volunteer program. 

Meet the members

John Adams
John Adams
John Adams (WA, returning member)

John worked as a wool classer and managed shearing teams in agricultural areas of WA and became the State Woolsampling Inspector for the Commonwealth Department of Primary Industry. He finished his career working in TAFE at the Murdoch Campus with the Horticultural, Landscape and Land Management students and apprentices. John has volunteered across the Western Region (including roles on Gondwana Link, Eurady, Charles Darwin and Hamelin Reserves) maintaining infrastructure, monitoring and helping with revegetation projects. John has volunteered for a range of organisations throughout his life.

"I've found all the organisations that I've been involved in rewarding and to be able to help make a difference and achieve good outcomes gives me the satisfaction that my experience can be used in other areas".

Grant Duthie
Grant Duthie
Grant Duthie (Vic, returning member)

Grant is an avid writer and proud Queenslander by birth. Employed as an Analyst at NAB, he's worked in diverse operations including Environmental Sustainability. In 2015 he completed an economics degree and has spent time in Seoul and Hong Kong studying the influence of Asia-Pacific cultures on Australia’s economic and social environment. Grant is currently studying Environmental Law and is passionate about developing innovative approaches to environmental and economic challenges. In 2016 he joined our committee as a Youth Representative, and looks forward to helping us engage more young people in conservation volunteering and our work.

Richard Alcorn (Vic)

Richard Alcorn
Richard Alcorn
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 Nicholson
Catherine Nicholson
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)

Eva Finsel
Eva Finsel
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
Richard McLellan
Richard McLellan (WA)

Richard is CEO of one of Australia’s 56 regional Natural Resource Management organisations – the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) based at Geraldton. 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.”