Life members

Last updated 19 Feb 2018 

Life membership is an honour awarded to a handful of special people who've made exceptional contributions to the success of Bush Heritage. We thank the following life members for their extraordinary commitment.

Portrait photo - Karen Alexander

Karen Alexander OAM

In recognition of Karen’s contribution to strategy development, staffing capacity, management and governance in our formative years. During her time as President (1996-2000), Karen oversaw our transition to an organisation of national prominence and scale. She also led the way in recognising the importance of partnerships that are now such a significant part of our work.


Portrait photo - Phillip Toyne

Phillip Toyne AO 

For his inspirational leadership of the Board as President (2001-09), his continued support of Bush Heritage and work in the conservation and indigenous sectors.


Portrait photo - Bob Brown

Dr Bob Brown

In appreciation of his outstanding contribution in establishing the Australian Bush Heritage Fund in 1991 and his continuing involvement since as President and Patron.

Bob founded Bush Heritage Australia when he used used $49,000 awarded to him as recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize to make a down payment on blocks of forest in the Liffey Valley that were destined for logging. The campaign to pay off the remaining loan was the birth of The Australian Bush Heritage Fund and those blocks are now our Liffey River and Dry's Bluff Reserves.

Portrait photo - Judy Henderson

Judy Henderson AO

Judy was a founding member and director of Bush Heritage. From 1990 when Bob Brown first put a deposit on the two Liffey blocks, Judy played a crucial role in ensuring that these properties were protected forever through the formation of Bush Heritage. While ably assisted by others, it was Judy who did much of the challenging and detailed work required to secure the blocks, establish Bush Heritage’s legal, tax and administrative structure and negotiate personal loans and mortgage funding from Australian Ethical Investments to fund the Liffey acquisitions.

Portrait photo - Don Royal

Don Royal

In appreciation of his outstanding support as volunteer ranger during Bush Heritage's early days of large property acquisition.

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