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Our people

Our supporterspartners and volunteers are the keys to our success.
 Dr Bob Brown in the Liffey Valley. Photo Peter Morris.

Our founder

Dr Bob Brown created Bush Heritage Australia. “I was walking in Tasmania’s Liffey Valley in 1990 when I made a decision that began the journey we now know as Bush Heritage Australia... I was 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."

 President, Sue O'Connor. Photo Annette Ruzicka.

Our board

An independent, committed Board of Directors oversees the organisation, headed by President Sue O’Connor and Vice-President Phillip Cornwell

Roby Murphy, Executive Manager Conservation Operations

Our staff

Led by our Senior Management Team, we employ about 200 staff around the country in roles as diverse as reserve management, indigenous partnerships, ecology, planning, human resources, finance, fundraising and marketing. 

Dr Rebecca Spindler.

Our science

Informing everything we do is a team of ecologists and researchers led by our Executive Manager, Science and Conservation – Dr Rebecca Spindler.

Dr Spindler has over 20 years of conservation science experience, working to improve the reproduction, health and conservation of rare and endangered species.


We thank our ambassadors – Chris Darwin (great grandson of naturalist Charles Darwin), photographer Steve Parish and Phillip Adams (journalist).

Life members

A handful of very special people have made exceptional contributors to our success. Phillip ToyneDon RoyalBob Brown, Judy HendersonKaren Alexander, Louise Sylvan and Chris Grubb have all been awarded Life memberships.

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