Executive Manager North
Rob’s contribution to conservation spans 25 years. In his previous role as a Director of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service he was responsible for over 45% of Queensland’s protected areas. Today he leads our passionate and dedicated team concerned with Queensland and Northern Territory landscapes. This includes the protection of some of Australia’s most iconic and threatened species, such as the Night Parrot and the Red-finned Blue-eye. Rob also leads our national fire management and volunteer programs.
"I'm privileged to be working with passionate people on exciting projects in some of Australia’s most spectacular Country”.
Executive Manager West
Before taking over leadership of our team in Western Australia, Luke was our Healthy Landscape Manager across the Western Rangelands and spent five years with his family on our Charles Darwin Reserve. Prior to this he held several positions leading Aboriginal and Pastoral land management programs across the NT and WA, and working on several wetland and farm conservation programs in regional Victoria.
"One of my favourite places is among the ancient York Gum woodlands on Charles Darwin Reserve. There's such a variety of plant and animal life and my children loved exploring these woodlands over the time we lived on Charles Darwin Reserve."
Executive Manager South-East (Acting)
Lis is an experienced Landscape Manager from WA who has been Healthy Landscape Manager for our Hamelin, Charles Darwin and Eurardy Reserves. Prior to this she spent many years with the World Wildlife Fund protecting threatened species through various roles including with the Marine Turtle Program, Wildlife Crime Initiative and Threatened Species Program. Lis has a Masters of Natural Resources (Applied Science) from Curtin University. She's a member of the WA Feral Cat Working Group and also a Board Member with Lotterywest and an Advisory Committee Member of the Shark Bay World Heritage Property.
Dr Rebecca Spindler
Executive Manager, Science and Conservation
Dr Rebecca Spindler oversees an extensive Conservation Science Program, which informs everything we do. She has over 20 years' conservation science experience, working to improve the reproduction, health and conservation of rare and endangered species. Dr Spindler has managed extensive science programs in China, Brazil and the United States through the Smithsonian Institution and led an active, multi-disciplinary team at Taronga Conservation Society for 10 years.
"I joined Bush Heritage to be part of the solution and work with passionate conservation experts. The things Bush Heritage achieves on a daily basis has given me new hope and renewed commitment to protecting our natural landscapes.”
Executive Manager Aboriginal Engagement
Cissy is a mother of five and a Jaru/Kiji woman. She is passionate about lands and waters and leads our extensive Aboriginal Partnerships program. Cissy is on a number of boards and committees, and has previously worked for the Kimberley Land Council and Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation.
"Aboriginal people have been managing this country for 40,000 plus years. So it's very important that we have an organisation like Bush Heritage, working together closely to continue to assist with conservation and land management, to protect what Aboriginal people have been trying to protect for a very long time."
Executive Manager, Strategy, Innovation and Business Development
Nick brings diverse experience in strategy and innovation in Australia, Europe and North America in large, small and consulting organisations (including Lion Dairy and Drinks, Coles and PWC). His work is focused on developing our 2030 Strategy, bringing new business innovations to life and building values-aligned partnerships in the agriculture and corporate sectors.
“The increase in collective intent and action towards environmental and social goals in the last few years has been significant. The opportunity for Bush Heritage Australia to play a growing role in achieving these outcomes is very exciting and I'm delighted to be part of it.”
Executive Manager Fundraising and Engagement (Acting)
Sabine manages our Major Gifts and International Giving programs and has been at Bush Heritage for 8 years. Prior to this she worked on various international conservation initiatives including stints with International Rivers, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and The Jane Goodall Institute. A German expat, Sabine is a graduate of Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, has studied at Yunnan University in China and completed Sustainability Studies at the Harvard Extension School.