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Life members

Life membership is an honour awarded to a few special people who've made exceptional contributions to our success.

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.

Karen Alexander, OAM. Photo Peter Morris.

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.

Phillip Toyne, AO.

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.

More on Bob Brown's role in the history of Bush Heritage >>

Karen Alexander, OAM. Photo Peter Morris.

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 those properties were protected forever through the formation of Bush Heritage. Judy did much of the challenging and detailed work needed 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.

Judy Henderson, AO.

Don Royal

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

Don Royal.

Louise Sylvan

In recognition of her work as president, leading the organisation through a period of growth. Louise gifted Bush Heritage the 'Nameless' Sylvan Reserve in NSW, which is the resting place of her late husband Richard Sylvan, a philosopher and environmentalist.

Louise Sylvan. Photo Annette Ruzicka.

Chris Grubb

Chris was appointed to our Board of Directors in 2011 and brought significant business and finance sector experience. He served as President from 2017 to 2019. 

Chris Grubb. Photo Annette Ruzicka.