The Wilderness Society Board of Directors comprises the following volunteer Members:
- Linda Selvey
- Coral Robinson
- Craig Zanker
- Leanne Craze
- Peter Follett
- Stuart Baird
- Ben Holgate
- Melissa McQuillan
Linda first became involved with The Wilderness Society in Queensland in 1987, where she helped facilitate national meetings, fundraising activities and a component of the Vote for the Forest Campaign. She was very active in the Tully-Millstream campaign.
Coral is an Honorary Life Member of The Wilderness Society and has been a supporter for 23 years. Her passion for the protection of nature and wild places is the driving force behind her long involvement with The Wilderness Society.
Craig is an experienced financial controller and governance professional with work experience in grassroots and not-for-profit organisations in the health, community and Indigenous sectors—including land and sea management. He is a Chartered Accountant and is currently completing further studies in corporate governance. He has spent most of his career in management roles assisting not-for-profit organisations to achieve financial sustainability and improve governance and management systems. Craig was appointed as The Wilderness Society Inc Treasurer to fill a casual vacancy in June 2015 by the Committee of Management, and currently serves on The Wilderness Society Ltd Board.
Leanne is also a Board member of GroundUp, a not-for-profit organisation supporting Aboriginal community development in the Kimberley and was elected to The Wilderness Society Inc Committee of Management for the first time at the 2015 AGM. She currently serves on The Wilderness Society Ltd Board.
In a world of increasing exploitation of nature, Peter’s involvement with The Wilderness Society is driven by his concern to see current generations leave a better legacy of wilderness areas and biodiversity; sadly, that remains a long-term vision. He has been a member of the The Wilderness Society South Australia Board of Governance since 2008, the greater part of that as Convenor, and is now a member of The Wilderness Society Ltd Board.
Career-wise, Peter works with leaders of corporations, government agencies and in the not-for-profit sector, facilitating their strategic and cultural evolution and leadership development.
Born in Victoria but raised in Tasmania, Stuart was introduced to Tassie at a young age. Frolicking in the central highlands or on coastal beaches helped form a deep love of our wild places.
Following a long stint at the University of Tasmania, there were many years off the island, on mainland Australia and in North America working on environmental clean up projects for mineral processing operations and devoting excessive time to becoming a better back-country skier.
Stuart returned to Tasmania around the turn of the Century. For many years a Wilderness Society Tasmania Board member, and one-time convenor of The Wilderness Society Tasmania Board of Management, Stuart joined The Wilderness Society Transition Board in 2014 and became a Wilderness Society Ltd Board member in 2016 under the transitional arrangements.
He believes The Wilderness Society has a major role in helping the Australian community rally for change against destructive activities which diminish this amazing continent.
Ben Holgate is a skills-based appointed Director with marketing and fundraising expertise. He was Director of Fundraising at Plan International, a global child rights organisation, for six years before moving to Multiple Sclerosis Ltd as General Manager, Strategic Fundraising in mid-2017.
Ben has stood on boards for organisations such as Circus Oz and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA), and is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s sustainability and reputation reference group and conference advisory panel.
Having recently completed the FIA/AICD not-for-profit board governance course, Ben is keen to serve on The Wilderness Society Board—which is closely aligned with his values and interest in the natural world. He looks forward to assisting the organisation as it faces the challenges of a tightening fundraising market.