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Sue O’Connor

President. BAppSc, GDipBus Mgt, FAICD. Appointed 2019
Sue has served as a Chairman, Director and senior business leader with ASX Top10, global unlisted companies and high-profile statutory authorities and not for profits. She brings to the Board her commercial acumen, growth mindset and deep expertise in technology, climate change, critical infrastructure and risk. Sue is currently Chair of Indara Digital Infrastructure, a Director of Mercer Superannuation, CDC Data Centres and ClimateWorks Australia, and an Advisory Council member of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. Sue is also a photographer who uses her art to promote conversations about the environment and our relationship and response to the natural world.

Portrait photo - Sue O'Connor

Phillip Cornwell

Vice President. BA LLB (Hons). Appointed 2015
Phillip is a former partner at commercial law firm Allens, the principal provider of pro bono legal services to Bush Heritage. There Phillip headed the Project Finance practice and was Chair of the Pro Bono and Footprint Committees. Phillip is also Chair of the Midlands Conservation Partnership and a Director and Chair of the Australian Pro Bono Centre. Phillip recently retired as Director and Deputy Chair of Suicide Prevention Australia.

Phillip Cornwell

Dr Alexander Gosling AM

FTSE FIEAust DEng MA(Hons) MAICD. Appointed 2016
Dr Alexander Gosling was the founding director of Invetech, and has worked in the field of product development and technology commercialisation for 40 years. He has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia for services to industry, technology and the community, awarded an honorary Doctorate of Engineering, elected a fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, and sits on a number of Boards. He is an active supporter of Zoos Victoria’s “Fighting Extinction” programme. He produced a film about the Outback which included a section on Bush Heritage.

Portrait photo - Dr Alexander Gosling

Angus Holden

B.Sc LL.B. Appointed 2023
Angus is the CEO of Jord Group. Founded 52 years ago, Jord is a privately-owned global organisation that designs and constructs bespoke plants and systems for a wide range of industries in the energy and resource sectors. Its focus is on assisting industry to transition from conventional technologies to sustainable ones. Angus brings significant business experience coupled with a passion for environmental issues and a deep understanding of Bush Heritage Australia’s work through volunteering and corporate support.

Angus Holden

Distinguished Prof Michelle Leishman

BSc (Hons), PhD, FNRS. Appointed 2015
Michelle is a plant ecologist with over 30 years’ research experience on invasive plants, climate change adaptation, restoration ecology, plant conservation and urban greening. She leads a research group in the School of Natural Sciences at Macquarie University and is the Director of Macquarie University’s Smart Green Cities Research Centre. Michelle is a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Chair of the Australian Institute of Botanical Sciences Advisory Committee and member of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Advisory Panel. She has been awarded the 2022 NSW Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Biological Sciences, the Journal of Ecology’s Eminent Ecologist award and the 2020 NSW Royal Society Clarke Medal for distinguished research in botany.

Michelle Leichman

Prue Bondfield 

LLB, Dip (ProjMan), GAICD. Appointed 2023
Prue is a livestock industry leader with extensive experience across family and corporate agricultural businesses. She is a non-executive director on a number of commercial, industry and government boards. Prue’s roles have provided her with a broad knowledge of finance and business management, biosecurity and environmental risks, property acquisitions and sustainable land and livestock management.

Prue was the inaugural Chair of the Beef Sustainability Framework committee, which designed the first public report to document the industry’s commitment to continual improvement across a range of environmental and animal welfare priority areas.

Prue supports stronger links between agriculture and conservation to foster long term sustainable natural capital stewardship.

Prue Bondfield

Dr Rebecca Nelson

J.S.D., J.S.M., B.E. (Env.Eng.)/LL.B. Appointed 2014
Rebecca is a lawyer who researches, teaches and advises on environmental and water management, regulation and policy. She’s an Associate Professor at the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne, Director of the Melbourne Law School’s Melbourne Centre for Law and the Environment, and a member of the Advisory Committee on Social, Economic and Environmental Sciences of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. Rebecca combines this work with independent consulting. In 2014, Rebecca was named the Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year by the Law Council of Australia for her significant contributions to environmental law.

Portrait photo - Rebecca Nelson

Professor Sarah Bekessy

PhD, BSc (Hons). Appointed 2017
Sarah leads ICON Science at RMIT University (Interdisciplinary Conservation Science), which seeks to engage in high-impact, interdisciplinary and collaborative research to find solutions to applied environmental problems. She's involved in a range of research projects investigating nature-based solutions for cities, biodiversity sensitive urban design, message framing for effective biodiversity communications, and designing effective private land conservation schemes.

Portrait photo - Professor Sarah Bekessy

Dr Jack Pascoe

PhD, BSc(Env.Sci) (Hons). Appointed 2024
Jack is a Yuin man living on Gadabanut Country and the Biodiversity Council's Co-Chief Councillor. Jack is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences where he focuses on understanding and managing biocultural landscapes. Jack is an honorary Strategic Advisor to the Conservation Ecology Centre and for the past decade has led their adaptive management and applied ecological research program across the Otway region. Jack currently sits on scientific reference groups for Zoos Victoria and the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (formerly DELWP) and was a member of the Expert Panel which recently reviewed the Victorian Wildlife Act 1975. Jack completed a PhD at the University of Western Sydney where he studied the predators of the Blue Mountains.

Portrait photo - Dr Jack Pascoe

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