Our Board

Chris Grubb

Portrait photo - Christopher Grubb

President. B.A, B.Comm. Appointed 2011
Chris is currently a non-executive Director of several Asian investment management companies and Chairman of Boardroom Australia. He's previously served as Chairman of ASX-listed companies and was a director of investment bank Jardine Fleming for 22 years as well as serving as a director of other public and not-for-profit organisations. He is a keen birdwatcher and naturalist.

Nicholas Burton Taylor AM

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Vice President & Treasurer. BEc (Syd), F Fin, FCA, FAICD, FCPA. Appointed 2013
Nick has a longstanding commitment to rural communities and has extensive experience in the Australian agricultural sector. He owns Hillgrove Pastoral Pty Ltd and Kenny’s Creek Angus, producers of beef and grain. Nick is currently the Chancellor of Southern Cross University, Chair of Country Education Foundation of Australia and Discovery Ag and has served on the Boards of several listed companies, many of which have a rural focus.

Dr Alexander Gosling AM

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FTSE FIEAust Deng MA(Hons). 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.

Prof Michelle Leishman

Michelle Leichman

BSc (Hons), PhD. Appointed 2015
Michelle is a plant ecologist with over 20 years research experience focused on invasive plants, vegetation responses to climate change, restoration ecology and plant conservation. She leads a research group in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University. Michelle is a member of the Scientific and Conservation Committee of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney, and of the Australian Flora Foundation Council. She's past Chair of the NSW Scientific Committee and current Head of Department.

Phillip Cornwell

Phillip Cornwell

BA LLB (Hons). Appointed 2015
Phillip is a long term supporter of Bush Heritage Australia. After 32 years as a partner at commercial law firm Allens where, as well as heading its Project Finance practice, Phillip for many years chaired its Pro Bono and Footprint Committees. Phillip is now a Senior Finance Counsel at Allens. In addition, he is a director of Suicide Prevention Australia and chairs its governance committee, and is also a director and the chair of the Australian Pro Bono Centre.

Dr Rebecca Nelson

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J.S.D., J.S.M., B.E. (Env.Eng.)/LL.B. Appointed 2014
Rebecca is a lawyer with a strong interest in water management, regulation and policy. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne, and a Fellow (Non-Resident) of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. 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 contribution to environmental law.

Professor Sarah Bekessy

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PhD, BSc (Hons). Appointed 2017
Sarah leads the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group at RMIT University. She's interested in the intersection between science and policy in environmental management and is currently involved in an interdisciplinary range of research projects, including an ARC Future Fellowship titled ‘Socio-ecological models for environmental decision making’ and a project funded by the Myer Foundation titled ‘Reimagining the suburb: planning for biodiversity in the urban fringe’. She's a theme leader of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and leads projects in two National Environment Science Program Hubs (Threatened Species Hub and Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub).

Sue O'Connor

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BAppSc (RMIT), GDipBus Mgt (Monash), FAICD. Appointed 2019
Sue has served as a Chairman, Director and senior business leader with ASXTop10, global unlisted companies and high-profile statutory authorities. She brings to the Board her commercial acumen and deep expertise in digital, cyber resilience, capital management, audit and risk. Sue is currently Chair of Yarra Valley Water, a Director of Mercer Superannuation, Treasury Corporation Victoria and ClimateWorks Australia, and an Advisory Council member of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. Sue is also a photographer and video artist who uses her art to promote conversations about the environment and our relationship and response to the natural world.

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