AEGN Tasmania Field Trip

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Friday 27 October to Monday 30 October
8.00am to 3.30pm
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Friday 27 October 8:00 am to Monday 30 October 3:30 pm

Here are our speakers & guests for the AEGN Tasmania Field Trip

You can view the full program here

Andry Sculthorpe

Land and Heritage Coordinator at Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

A proud Pakana, Tralwulway man, Andry lives in Hobart and has spent 20 years working in the area of Natural and Cultural Resource Management in Government and non-government organisations predominantly in the Aboriginal Community sector. Andry is currently working at the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, undertaking community based, on country projects on Aboriginal Land around Tasmania and the Bass Strait Islands to promote healthy country and community development.

Andry is interested in working within the principles of community leadership and self-determination for Aboriginal communities. Andry is also committed to the arts sector and he supports the development of art and cultural programs in the Aboriginal and wider community. Andry studied at the University of Tasmania and has a BSc in Ecology and Geography fields. Andry is also the current Co-chair of the Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation an organisation dedicated to the continuation and revitalisation of cultural fire practice within Aboriginal communities.

Anna Cerneaz

Graeme Wood Foundation / Spring Bay Mill

Anna Cerneaz is a company director of several notable for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. She started her professional life as an oceanographer, but her lifelong interest in the led her found an artistic management business and become the founding general manager of Pinchgut Opera. She has since integrated her arts and environmental passions by applying her director skills to Wedgetail Foundation, Artology (co-founder), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Syrinscape and most notably the Graeme Wood Foundation and Spring Bay Mill. The Foundation seeks out and supports progressive thinking and action. Spring Bay Mill was transformed by Anna and Graeme Wood from being the world’s largest wood chip mill to a breathtakingly beautiful events and conference space. In 2023 she joined Groundswell as its inaugural chair.

Anna Reynolds

Hobart Lord Mayor Councillor

Councillor Anna Reynolds was elected Lord Mayor of Hobart in November 2018, the third woman to be elected into the role. First elected as an Alderman to the City of Hobart in 2014, she was Chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Committee during her first term.

Anna began her career establishing a community legal centre in North Queensland, after completing her degree at the Australian National University. She has held senior roles in advocacy, policy development and management, including:

  • Managing the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Parliament Liaison Office
  • Deputy Director of WWF International’s Global Climate Change Program
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania

As Lord Mayor, Anna is focused on a range of issues including affordable housing, climate change, active transport, and protecting Hobart’s heritage.

Bob Brown

President of Bob Brown Foundation

Bob Brown’s credo is ‘one person, one vote, one value, one planet’. The living biosphere of planet Earth is the bedrock of his career. From leading the seven-year campaign to save Tasmania’s wild Franklin River from damming, through thirty-years of helping develop Green politics, along with his advocacy of global democracy, Bob promotes alternatives to humanity’s rapid destruction of life on Earth.

In 1976 Bob hosted the first meeting of the (Australian) Wilderness Society at his home beside the Liffey River in Tasmania. In 1990 friends helped him set up Bush Heritage Australia which now protects one million hectares of high-conservation lands across Australia.

Bob was in the Tasmanian Parliament from 1983 to 1993. He led the five Greens in the balance of power after 1989 when the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area was doubled in size and the new Friendly Beaches and Douglas-Apsley national parks were created. The Greens gained Freedom of Information legislation, saved 22 public schools from closure and set up a raft of job-creating initiatives.

Besides being jailed for 17 days during the Franklin River blockade in 1982, Bob was locked up for 11 days, and strip-searched five times in 1995 for joining a blockade of bulldozers invading the Tarkine wilderness. He has been shot at, beaten up and vilified by vigilantes, but notes that reformers have been killed elsewhere.

In the Senate from 1996, Bob and his fellow Greens failed to convince either of the two old parties on equal marriage, euthanasia laws, compensation for the ‘Stolen Generation’, humane treatment of refugees or ending junk food advertising in children’s tv viewing hours. However he succeeded in interrupting the speech of President George W Bush in 2003 after the illegal invasion of Iraq. Bush later shook his hand.

Bob got together with farmer Paul Thomas in 1995. They gave the house and lands at Liffey to Bush Heritage and live near Cygnet south of Hobart. Bob’s books include Lake Pedder (1984), Tarkine Trails (1993), Memo for a Saner World (2003), Earth (2009), Optimism (2014) and THERA (2023).

The Bob Brown Foundation, set up after Bob left the Senate in 2012, is a vigorous national environmental group which takes peaceful direct action to stop environmental vandalism. Its flagship campaigns are to protect Tasmania’s Takayna rainforest, wildlife and Aboriginal heritage and to end native forest logging nationwide. BBF is working to end fish farm feedlots in the seas and to protect Antarctica, including its krill and marine ecosystems.

In 2022 Bob and Paul took part in The Giants, a feature film about forests.

Bob Burton

Author, Researcher and freelance journalist

Bob Burton is a Hobart-based author, researcher and freelance journalist. He is the Editor of CoalWire, a weekly digest on the global coal industry for the US-based Global Energy Monitor, and a co-founder of Tasmanian Inquirer. His freelance journalism has been published in news outlets from the British Medical Journal to the US-based PR Watch. He is also the author of Inside Spin (2007) and co-author of two other books: Secrets and Lies with Nicky Hager on a covert PR campaign in support of a New Zealand government-owned logging company and Big Coal with Guy Pearse and David McKnight on the Australian coal industry.

Bruce McGregor

Melliodora Fund, Australian Communities Foundation

Bruce has had a life-long interest in nature conservation.  He worked in agricultural research and land management and with many new and emerging farming industries. He has been a founder, activist, supporter and advocate of several leading eNGOs in Victoria and held office-bearing positions for long periods. A major local focus has been the protection and ecological restoration of the Merri Creek, from the Dividing Range through northern Melbourne (Wurundjeri country). Bruce and his wife Ann played a central role in establishing the 25 km linear trail, substantially expanded the parklands and the establishment of the ecological restoration team in 1989. They are keen birders and own several covenanted bush blocks.

Having fallen in love with Tasmania’s wild places, Bruce and Ann were members of the Friends of the Wilderness which secured the head offices for The Wilderness Society in Hobart and in Melbourne in the 1980s. They were also key investors in Australian Ethical Investments, which has driven the transformation in Australian ethical investment and superannuation since 1989. Bruce was President of Victorian National Parks Association 2018-2022 and is President of the National Parks Australia Council. As foundation members of AEGN, Bruce and Ann’s philanthropic activities support a range of eNGOs in all states of Australia, with a focus on nature conservation, building movement capacity and advocacy. They are supporters of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy and were made Life Members in 2011. In 2019/20 they worked with the TLC to establish the Prosser River Reserve.

Celia Leverton

President of Regenerative Agriculture Network Tasmania

Celia has farmed at many scales, in many sectors. From stockman to market gardener, farm manager to rural journalist.

As founding President of the Regenerative Agriculture Network Tasmania (RANT), Celia designs and runs trials to identify how to increase landscape function while producing food and fibre. RANT is a not for profit providing farmer training, and advocacy to organisations and government. A recent Churchill Fellowship took Celia to England, Scotland, Germany and the United States. It confirmed RANT’s research and education model is a world leader in providing evidence and guidance that works in practice.

Celia is also a grazing consultant and property assessment advisor for an international cattle company (assessing suitability for regeneration). She has been involved in setting up a demonstration cattle farm in Victoria and has a network of farmers ready to increase their regenerative management impact.

Claire Bookless

Melliodora Fund, Australian Communities Foundation

Claire Bookless is the Managing Lawyer of the lutruwita/Tasmania practice of the Environmental Defenders Office. EDO is a community legal centre dedicated to seeking a world where nature thrives.

Claire holds undergraduate degrees in Laws (Hons) and Environmental Science from Griffith University and has over 15 years’ experience practising as an environmental lawyer in Tasmania, Queensland, and Victoria.

Since joining EDO in 2016, Claire has achieved successful results for clients in cases challenging: inappropriate tourism development in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, clearing of critically endangered forests, the destruction of Aboriginal cultural heritage, and mining in takayna/the Tarkine. In addition to fighting for better environmental outcomes through the courts, Claire seeks better outcomes for nature and access to justice for the Tasmanian community through improvements to environmental, planning, and heritage laws.

Before joining EDO, Claire worked in a senior role in Queensland Government undertaking environmental prosecutions and related litigation. Her work included successful prosecutions concerning unconventional gas, serious pollution incidents, and wildlife crime.

Eloise Carr

Tasmanian Director at The Australia Institute

Eloise Carr is a policy and governance professional and former public servant of 15 years, who now leads the Australia Institute’s presence in Tasmania. The Institute conducts research on a broad range of economic, social, governance and environmental issues to inform public policy debate and bring greater accountability to democratic processes.

Eloise’s work on coastal and marine policy for State and Federal governments included 7 years on the Australian delegation to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, part of the Antarctic Treaty system.

She has led policy development and implementation on coastal resource management, marine conservation, addressing the impacts of climate change, sustainable fisheries management, regulatory reform and international governance.

Eloise has also run her own consultancy, co-founded the Tasmanian Independent Science Council, worked in medical research, and studied marine biology on the Great Barrier Reef.

She has always sought to elevate the role of science in evidence-based policy and decision making. Eloise has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course, is a qualified coxswain and a keen sailor.

Emily J Flies

Lecturer at University of Tasmania

Emily was raised in the suburbs of upstate New York where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and psychology (2001-2005). After a few years of teaching outdoor education, she completed a master’s degree in disease ecology (Michigan State University, USA, 2008-2011) and a PhD in disease ecology and epidemiology at the University of South Australia in Adelaide (2012-2016). 

Since joining UTAS in 2016, Emily’s research first shifted to understanding the diversity of environmental microbiomes to, now, a focus on how better connections among humans and the environment can help create healthy and sustainable communities. She co-leads the ‘sustainable people-environment interactions’ research theme of the National Environmental Science Program’s ‘Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub’. She is also an Associate Investigator in the Healthy Environments and Lives Network, which seeks to make healthcare more equitable, sustainable and resilient to environmental change. 

Emily also teaches in the Sustainability space. She developed and coordinated Backyard Biodiversity in the Diploma for Sustainable Living for several years. Emily developed UTAS’s first major in sustainability, and co-teaches the capstone unit, Change Agents in Sustainability and coordinates a first year unit on People, Places and Nature. Emily is also co-founder of two not-for-profit science communication organisations, and Tasmania’s Inspiring Women in STEMM Fellowship Program. When not at work, she spends time with her three favourite boys (her partner and two kids), coaches and plays soccer, trail runs and eats bagels whenever possible.

Emily Ogier

Senior Research Fellow – Marine Social Science at University of Tasmania

I am a researcher based at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. I coordinate research programs concerned with human dimensions (communities, behaviours, institutions, markets, knowledge production, other collective action areas and interventions) of marine realms. My first commitment is to place-based research here in Tasmania. At the same my work takes me all over Australia and into international collaborations.

A lot of my research focuses on fisheries and aquaculture communities and sectors, inclusive of Indigenous, professional and recreational. More and more I am engaged in research concerned with climate change and attendant climate actions in response rapidly warming oceans. Across these emerging conditions, my research highlights political economy implications for benefit sharing and distributive justice.

Graeme Wood

Graeme Wood Foundation /Spring Bay Mill

Graeme is the founding sponsor for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, founding investor in Guardian Australia, and is behind the regeneration of the Triabunna Woodchip Mill into the events focused Spring Bay Mill on Tasmania’s east coast.

He is co-founder and Chair of tech startup Mawson Ventures, co-founder and Chair of Artology and Chair or Board member on several tech startups and impact investments.

Graeme holds an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from the University of Queensland and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.

Gretta Pecl

Director, Centre for Marine Socioecology, UTAS and IMAS

Gretta Pecl is a Professor of marine ecology at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), and the Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS) at UTAS. She has a diverse research background but currently spends most of her time exploring the impact of climate change on natural systems, and helping develop adaptation options for conservation, fisheries and aquaculture. Gretta has a specific interest in how climate change is resulting in a redistribution of life on earth, and she leads several national and international efforts to better understand climate-driven changes to species distributions, including the citizen science initiative Redmap Australia and the Species on the Move international conference series.

She is a Lead Author for the IPCC AR6 report, an Australian Research Council ‘Future Fellow’, and an associate editor for several leading international journals. Gretta has been prominent in UN Decade of Ocean Science programmes, actions and working groups, including co-leading Future Seas 2030 and other major international initiatives. She has a strong passion for science communication and engagement with the public and is ranked in the top 200 most influential climate scientists in the world (and the top 20 women).

James Hattam

Chief Executive Officer at Tasmanian Land Conservancy

James is a conservation ecologist with a passion for connecting people to the natural world through shared experiences, storytelling and community involvement. He has been working with government and not-for-profits in Victoria and Tasmania for more than 15 years, with experience in conservation covenants, philanthropic programs, marketing, communications, community engagement and not-for-profit governance. James joined the Tasmanian Land Conservancy 12 years ago and has been CEO since 2018.

Jane Hutchinson

Co-Chief Executive Officer at Pollination Foundation

Jane joined Pollination Foundation to pursue her passion for finding new ways to flow finance into local communities who steward nature.​

Jane is a leader in nature conservation with over 25+ years as an Executive and Non-Executive Director of multiple and varied organisations including The Nature Conservancy Australia Program, Australian Land Conservation Alliance, Accounting for Nature, Protected Areas Learning and Research Collaboration and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. ​Prior to that Jane had over a decade of public and private sector experience in environmental law and policy.​

Jane received a Barbara Thomas Fellowship in 2014, Harvard Club of Australia Fellowship in 2017 and was awarded Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2016 for her contribution to nature conservation.

Jenny Weber

Campaigns Manager at Bob Brown Foundation

As an Earth activist, Jenny has spent more than two decades on the frontlines of forest action, coordinating hundreds of direct actions. Jenny is a brave, tireless advocate for our planet’s wild places.

For the past nine years Jenny has been the campaigns manager at the Bob Brown Foundation (BBF), where she has played a pivotal role in its diverse environmental campaigns. Coordinating an action-oriented staff of 15 campaigners and organisers, Jenny has helped grow the Bob Brown Foundation into a unique environmental advocacy organisation covering frontline action, lobbying parliaments and markets, conservation science and climate action. In Tasmania’s takayna/Tarkine, her focus is securing protection as a World Heritage Area and returned to Aboriginal ownership. Across Australia, her focus is the secure protection of native forests and an end to native forest logging. A multi-skilled activist, Jenny’s daily efforts range from supporting non-violent direct-action blockades (the last running over 112 days!) to overseeing ground-breaking threatened species scientific surveys, supporting court cases from the Supreme Court and Federal Court to High Court. In recent months Jenny has overseen 5000+ people rally nationwide for native forests and exposed the recent logging of giant trees in Tasmania, in Borneo’s Sarawak she was an international observer in a recent SLAPP suit against an indigenous-led human rights and conservation ngo.

Jess Melbourne-Thomas

Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO Environment

Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas is a Transdisciplinary Researcher and Knowledge Broker, and leads a marine socio-ecological systems team with CSIRO Environment in Hobart. She has a background in mathematical modelling and Antarctic climate change science, and her work focuses on connecting research to decision-making for sustainability and climate change adaptation. Jess was the 2020 Tasmanian Australian of the Year and was one of Australia’s first 30 Superstars of STEM. She co-founded the Homeward Bound project for women in climate science leadership and was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2019 Special Report on the Oceans & Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. Jess was one of 12 female scientists globally to have her portrait featured as a constellation on the ceiling of New York’s Grand Central Station as part of GE’s 2017 Balance the Equation campaign.

Jim Phillipson

Rendere Trust

Jim developed extensive knowledge of organisational structure and management over his 40 years building businesses, while also supporting a wide range of conservation organisations. In 2018 all accumulated business profits were donated to establish Rendere Trust, a stronger vehicle to drive conservation outcomes. “My last five years have been fully committed to supporting eNGOs, and it has been the most fulfilling time of my life.”

Rendere Trust is 100 per cent committed to the environment and will strategically spend down by 2030 because, Jim asks, “Why would you invest in anything else? We’ve only got one Earth. Our most critical investment is the planet that we depend on.”

Julie McInnes

Director of Macquarie Island Conservation Foundation

Dr Julie McInnes is a research associate at The University of Tasmania where she studies the ecology of Southern Ocean seabirds and mammals, with a focus on applied research leading to conservation and management initiatives. She has been involved in the development and implementation of wildlife research and monitoring programs around Australia, the Antarctic and Subantarctic and is a member of several international working groups to ensure that this science is translated into policy outcomes.

Julie has a strong passion for Macquarie Island, with over 15 years’ experience working with this unique and precious island ecosystem, including 2.5 years spent on the island. Through this passion and drive, Julie was one of the Founding Directors of the Macquarie Island Conservation Foundation, which launched in February 2023. The Foundation aims to fund and facilitate science and research programs, as well as provide supplementary support to management initiatives, student projects and outreach activities which will benefit the conservation of Macquarie Island. The Foundation also seeks to provide an ongoing connection to Macquarie Island through news and updates, and to inspire others to value and contribute to the protection of the island and its unique inhabitants. 

Kirsha Kaechele

Mona Artist and Curator // Founder of Material Institute

Kirsha Kaechele is an artist and curator at Mona (Museum of Old and New Art), and founder of Material Institute—her charity with branches in two countries—New Orleans, USA, and lutruwita / Tasmania, Australia. She is interested in the space where complex problems exist, and places transformation at the heart of her work. For Kaechele, problems are a medium for art.

Her projects include: 24 Carrot—building kitchen gardens in low-income schools and communities; CA$H 4 GUN$—a conceptual artwork in the form of a gun buyback scheme in New Orleans; Heavy Metal—an art-science initiative hellbent on cleansing timtumili minanya (River Derwent) of heavy metal contaminants; Ladies Who Jump—a philanthropically minded annual skinny dip in the depths of winter; and Eat the Problem—a super-deluxe food and art compendium featuring a series of ‘recipes’ using invasive species (both real and surreal) with an accompanying exhibition at Mona that featured the world’s largest glockenspiel, tuned to the frequency of the Earth. She is currently investigating and investing in forests globally.

Lisa Miller

CEO and Founder of Wedgetail

Lisa Miller studied Advanced Science specialising in the fields of zoology and evolutionary biology before starting her career as a scientist at the Australian Museum. After transitioning into tech in 2004, Lisa has spent the last eighteen years developing products and scaling leaders and teams at some of the fastest growing companies in Australia – including Canva. She has now united her passion for conservation and technology by establishing Wedgetail: an organisation devoted to conserving and restoring biodiversity through sustainable investment.

Lucienne Rickard


Lucienne Rickard (b. Lithgow NSW 1981) earned a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art in 2001. In 2002 she relocated to nipaluna/Hobart to study at the University of Tasmania where she earned Honours (First Class) in 2002 and a PhD in Fine Arts in 2006. Upon graduating Rickard was awarded the Rosamond McCulloch studio residency at the Cite des Arts Paris. She has spent the last ten years working primarily in drawing, with her work acquired by the Australian National Gallery, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Lord Howe Island museum. Her most recent work, a durational performance/ drawing piece titled Extinction Studies, has been underway since Sep 2019. Rickard draws, then immediately erases, extinct and endangered species at the Tasmanain Museum and Art Gallery in an effort to raise awareness of species loss. Extinction Studies was also featured in the 2020 Sydney Biennale NIRIN. Rickard continues to live and work in lutruwita and exhibits her work nationally and internationally.

Masa Tatsumi

Head of Research & Development at Sea Forest

Masa has an extensive background researching seaweed performance and the ecological impacts of climate change. Working with esteemed universities and institutes, Masa is expert in the rehabilitation and conservation of coastal and estuarine environments. Having completed his doctorate on dynamic resilience and stability of Ecklonia Masa also invested many years cultivating Macrocystis to restore Tasmania’s endangered native kelp forests.

Matthew Newton

Director at Matthew Newton Photography

Matthew Newton is a Photographer, Director and Cinematographer based in Hobart. He has shot numerous documentaries that have been broadcast nationally as well as feature documentaries for festival release. He has worked on shoots in over a dozen counties, often in remote locations.

He regularly photographs for editorial and news publications throughout Australia. His photographic work is regularly chosen amongst the countries best and exhibited in the nations premier photographic art prizes.

Much of his personal work revolves around how Tasmania and the rest of the world see Tasmania’s environmental policy. Newton bears witness to show environmental battlegrounds rarely accessible to the general public. In doing so he amplifies these stories, provoke reactions of care and empathy with the aim of fuelling a desire for change, for solidarity with those around him and a more socially aware and conscious outlook on life.

Neville Barrett

Associate Professor. Senior academic (research and teaching) at Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

I’m a reef ecologist with over 30 years experience in working on temperate Australian reef systems, fish biology and ecology with some wider interests around estuaries, threatened species and habitat mapping. Much of my research has involved monitoring marine protected areas to both understand the effectiveness of MPA protection, as well as using their reference area role to untangle environmental and anthropogenic drivers and understand the relative effects of fishing, natural variability, climate change, introduced pests and range extending species. While this has been primarily on shallow coastal reefs from WA to NSW, in the past 15 years this has extended to deeper offshore environments to help inform understanding of the biodiversity in the new AMP network and establish associated monitoring programs.

Pete Walsh

Founder of Hobart Rivulet Platypus

Pete Walsh is the founder of Hobart Rivulet Platypus, a community group dedicated to the conservation and protection of Hobart’s urban platypus population.

Photo credit: Fraser Johnston

Peter George

President of Neighbours of Fish Farming, Tasmanian Alliance for Marine protection

A former ABC correspondent in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas, Peter was also an ABC Four Corners reporter. Resident in southern Tasmania for the past 8 years, Peter has used his skills as a reporter to investigate and expose the impact of industrial Atlantic salmon feedlots on marine life, waterways and communities. He began this work in the Huon River valley when residents explained their concerns about noise, light and deteriorating coastal waters caused by salmon feedlots were being ignored by industry and government. Since then he has led Huon-based Neighbours of Fish Farming (NOFF) and the statewide Tasmanian Alliance for Marine Protection to represent Tasmanians, to protect state waters and marine life and to hold government and industry to account.

Phil Wise

Land for Wildlife Coordinator at Tasmanian Land Conservancy

Phil joined the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) as Land for Wildlife Coordinator after working for the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program as a Wildlife Biologist, since 2009. Prior to that, he worked as a park ranger for 12 years in the Northern Territory, including Kakadu, Litchfield National Park, Arltunga and western Arnhem Land. Phil sees the value of recognising and working with many inspiring Tasmanians who put their passion into learning about and protecting the land they live on for the collective benefit of conservation. Phil has been a member of the LFW program himself for over 10 years and displays his green sign with pride! He’s also the father of three busy boys, and a keen musician (and host of community music events).

Rebecca Howarth

Senior Marine Campaigner at Environment Tasmania

Rebecca lives on turrukana/Tasman Peninsula where she fostered a love for Tasmania’s spectacular coasts and marine environment. She has experience in a variety of roles including Ecology Researcher, Bush School Practitioner, Food Co-op Founder and Co-ordinator, Community Garden Co-ordinator and Environmental Campaigner. A native to the UK, Rebecca came to Tasmania in 2013, and loves the Tasmanian wilderness for bush-walking and kayaking.

Richard Eccleston

Professor of Public Policy at University of Tasmania

Richard is professor of public policy and the founding director of the Tasmanian Policy Exchange at the University of Tasmania. Richard is recognised as one of Australia’s leading policy scholars and has led numerous research projects and has published widely on comparative politics, economic policy and federalism.

Richard was born and raised in Launceston and educated at the Universities of Melbourne, Tasmania and Queensland. He was a member of the Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University before returning to Tasmania with a young family 15 years ago.

He has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar based in Washington DC, he is a member of the Premier of Tasmania’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council, the Tasmanian Government’s Climate Action Reference Group and Chaired the Independent Review of Tasmania’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation and is a respected public voice and commentator. 

Above all Richard is a passionate Tasmanian who has a deep and life-long connection to Tasmania’s wild places and is committed to promoting policies and ideas that will help establish our small island as an exemplar of a truly sustainable and climate positive community.

Richard Flanagan


Richard Flanagan is the author of several books, including Toxic. The Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry (Penguin 2021).

Robert Purves AM

Director and Founder, Purves Environmental Fund

Robert has had a long career in business and in the environmental sector. In business he has been Chairman or Director of public and private companies in areas including healthcare, engineering, and funds management.

In the environment, Robert has been involved in numerous environmental campaigns including tree-clearing in NSW and Queensland, “Save the Great Barrier Reef”, NSW container deposit (CDS), water reform, and the Tarkine in Tasmania. He also more recently chaired the successful campaign for Zali Steggall in the federal seat of Warringah.

In addition, Robert’s environmental work has focused on bringing his business skills to assist building the fundraising capacity of eNGOs, such as the recent merger of Environmental Defenders Office.

He is currently a Director of Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientist, and a Trustee of Lizard Island Research Station. He is also the immediate past President of WWF Australia and a former board member of WWF International (the world’s largest science-based conservation organisation).

In 2004 Robert established the Purves Environmental Fund, which core objectives are to support advocacy and education on climate change and landscape management, and to improve environmental policy and capacity.

He invests in the energy transformation sector and co-founded the Renew Power Group, which develops and owns solar and wind assets.

Robert has a long family connection with the pastoral industry, and his family owns sheep and cattle farms in Southern Tablelands of NSW.

Sally Bryant

Research Fellow at Tasmanian Land Conservancy

Dr Sally Bryant AM worked for over 30 years as a wildlife scientist with the Tasmanian Government managing threatened species programs then as Science Manager with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. Sally’s research spans theoretical conservation science specialising in threatened vertebrates mainly birds and her extensive field experience has focused on island restricted species. She is the Chair of the Endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote National Recovery Program and has led recovery efforts for over three decades.

Sally has authored and co-authored numerous books, chapters and peer reviewed papers on wildlife conservation. In 2020 she became a Research Fellow with the TLC, is Honorary Editor of the prestigious Journal Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania and in 2023 was awarded an Order of Australia for her contribution to wildlife conservation and land protection.

Steven Loudon Chown

Professor and Director at Monash University

Steven L. Chown is Professor of Biological Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and Director of Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future, an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative.

His research concerns biodiversity variation through space and time, the conservation implications of environmental change, including the means to mitigate it, and the human-environment intersection in natural, agricultural and urban settings.

He has undertaken research in Australia, the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and in the broader Antarctic region where he has over 30 years of field experience. His research in the Antarctic has covered numerous aspects of biodiversity variation and its conservation.

For many years he has represented the international Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), of which he was also President (2016-2021), at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, which set policy for and regulate the region, providing scientific advice on a broad range of environmental and science policy matters.

Steven is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and an International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. For his science and policy work in the Antarctic he has received the French Republic’s Medal of the 30th Anniversary of the Madrid Protocol, the inaugural Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica, and the SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research.

Tabatha Badger

Campaign Coordinator at Lake Pedder Restoration Inc

An avid bushwalker and wilderness photographer Tabatha has been the campaign coordinator of the Restore Lake Pedder campaign, since 2021, after being a volunteer for several years. Tabatha also runs a small conservation and land management business, remediating degraded land into community green spaces, and works with several Tasmanian eNGO’s, including being chair of the Wilderness Society, Tasmania.

[Photo credit Karen Brown]

Tiana Pirtle

Dr/ Conservation Officer at Invasive Species Council

Tiana has a background in feral ungulate ecology and management. Prior to moving to Australia, she worked as a researcher on fertility control programs for feral horses in Western USA. She then moved to Tasmania to undertake a PhD on reproductive ecology and physiology in domestic and feral horses. She also served as a scientific advisor for NSW Parks and Wildlife in the development of the 2021 Kosciuszko Wild Horse Management Plan. She now works for the Invasive Species Council focused on feral deer management in Tasmania.

Tiana has a passion for science outreach and engagement to help improve public understanding of animal ecology and effective, humane management of invasive animal species.

Tim Silverwood

Co-founder, Head of Marketing and Community at Ocean Impact Organisation

Tim Silverwood is an award-winning environmentalist committed to reducing human impacts on the natural world. A keen surfer, Tim became alarmed at the risks plastic pollution posed to our oceans and wildlife, co-founding the not-for-profit organisation ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ in 2009.

After ten years building Take 3 into a social movement and successful charity, Tim launched Ocean Impact Organisation (OIO) in 2020 with co-founder Nick Chiarelli. OIO is Australia’s first ocean impact ecosystem and startup accelerator helping people to start, grow and invest in businesses that positively impact the ocean.

OIO’s purpose is to transform ocean health through inspiration, innovation and good business. OIO’s mission is to support and accelerate ocean impact businesses. To date (Dec. 2022), OIO has received over 950 program applications from 65 countries, and has supported 68 startups and entrepreneurs.

Tim’s achievements include being awarded the 2014 NSW Green Globe ‘Sustainability Champion’; featuring in the popular ABC series ‘War on Waste’ and starring as an ‘Ocean Guardian’ in the 2017 feature documentary ‘Blue’. In 2011, Tim sailed 5000km across the North Pacific Ocean to study the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch, sharing his experiences through a popular TEDx talk on his return.