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OUR PEOPLE

Individuals achieving results for nature

The Australian Foundation for Wilderness' board and staff are driven to ensure we can achieve the outcomes nature urgently needs. Through our strategic campaigns and the unwavering support of our members, we tackle the biggest threats to Australia's precious wilderness and the areas that connect them.

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GOVERNANCE

Our Board of Directors

Every year, our members have the opportunity to elect directors of the Australian Foundation for Wilderness Limited at our Annual General Meeting.

Bob Debus AM - Chair

Bob was a member of the NSW Parliament from 1981 to 1988 and from 1995 to 2007, as well as the Minister for Home Affairs in the Australian Parliament between 2007 and 2010. He was Attorney General and NSW's longest serving Environment Minister. Bob is now the Chair of the Great Eastern Rangers Initiative, and sits on the boards of several justice reform organisations.

Kylie Cairns - Deputy Chair

Dr Kylie Cairns is a conservation geneticist based at the University of New South Wales, who is passionate about conserving and understanding Australian native species. Kylie is actively involved in advocating for increased protection of Australian dingoes, with much of her research work devoted to understanding the genetics of dingoes.

Rob Pallin - Treasurer

Rob and his wife Nancy have been involved in conservation and bushwalking most of their life, with Rob first visiting Blue Gum Forest at age five. Rob, Nancy and their son Tim run the family company, Paddy Pallin, and support many conservation projects through their Paddy Pallin Foundation.

Alix Goodwin - Secretary

A resident of the lower Blue Mountains, Alix has held a number of roles in conservation including the CEO of the National Parks Association of NSW and Vice President of the Australian Plants Society. Alix currently sits on the board of the NSW Nature Conservation Council.

Virginia Young - Director

Virginia has a long standing interest in the role of wilderness and large scale conservation initiatives for protecting and restoring Nature across Australia. She is Chair of Gondwanlink in Western Australia and on the board of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative in Eastern Australia. 

Christine Milne AO - Director

Christine is a lifelong environmental activist who was jailed on the Franklin River campaign and led the Wesley Vale campaign against the native forest based North Broken Hill pulp mill. Christine spent 25 years leading Greenpolitics in the Tasmanian and Australian Parliaments.

Ted Plummer - Director

Ted was a senior adviser to NSW Environment Minister Bob Debus from 1999 to 2007, a period which saw the adoption of numerous and far reaching environmental reforms, including significant expansion of the NSW national park estate and declaration of many wilderness areas and wild rivers across NSW.

OUR TEAM

Staff

Our dedicated team of staff run the day-to-day operations and campaigns at Wilderness Australia.

 

Harry Burkitt - General Manager

Harry has had a strong appreciation for nature since childhood, which has led him to work in various conservation campaigns over the past decade. In addition to overseeing operations at Wilderness Australia, Harry pursues his passions in political philosophy and geology through study at the University of Sydney.  

Guy Threlfo - Communications Manager

Guy is a trained film-maker, communications expert and a PhD graduate of anthropology with a love for storytelling. He joined the Wilderness Australia team after working as a content producer for a humanitarian charity assisting communities in the South Pacific struggling with the impacts of climate change.             

JOIN THE TEAM

Current opportunities to work at Wilderness Australia

There are no job opportunities at Wilderness Australia currently open. However, please feel free get in touch at [email protected] if you're keen to work or volunteer with us into the future. 

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Australian Foundation for Wilderness Limited
ACN 001 112 143
ABN 84 001 112 143
Advocating as 'Wilderness Australia'
Formerly The Colong Foundation for Wilderness Ltd
Registered Office 10/154 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
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