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Board of Directors: The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society Board of Directors comprises the following volunteer Members:


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.
 
Linda has also been active in environmental campaigning with the Australian Conservation Foundation and Queensland Conservation Council, and was previously Chair of the Queensland Conservation Council. She is a member and supporter of a range of environmental organisations including Doctors for the Environment Australia and the Climate Reality Project, and was CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific from 2009-2011.
 
Other work history includes Director with the Communicable Diseases Unit at Queensland Health and Executive Director at Population Health Queensland. Today Linda is Associate Professor, School of Public Health at Curtin University, Western Australia.
 
Linda brings a wealth of skills and experience in environmental campaigning, meeting facilitation, policy development, communications, finance, research, human resources and research. She comes to The Wilderness Society Board from The Wilderness Society WA Management Committee where she has been Convenor for the past year, having served as a Member for a little over a year prior.
 

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.
 
She lives in Sydney and has 25 years' experience as a senior economist in policy, planning and finance in the NSW water and energy industries, where she was responsible for cost-benefit analysis (incorporating financial, economic and environmental values) for major projects. A key element of this work was embedding environmental values into organisational decision-making, which led to improvements in marine and riverine water quality across the Greater Sydney area.
 
She has over twelve years' experience on various Wilderness Society management committees, providing expertise in finance, planning and governance. Coral is currently a member of The Wilderness Society Ltd Board, and also serves on a number of organisational committees.
 
Since being elected to the Committee of Management in June 2010, Coral has worked to build a strong and resilient organisation focused on delivering its environmental purpose. This commitment still stands, and Coral continues to contribute her skills for the benefit of the organisation and the protection of nature as part of The Wilderness Society Ltd Board.
 

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.
 
He is employed as Business Manager and Company Secretary to a health promotion charity in Melbourne, Victoria. He has volunteered with and supported various environmental organisations outside of his paid roles and understands the important role supporters and volunteers contribute to the driving force of these organisations.
 
Craig’s work has enabled him to experience extended periods in some of Australia’s amazing wilderness areas including the Kimberley, Ningaloo Reef and the coasts and mountains of Tasmania. He has a keen interest in the work of conservation organisations developed from a life spent outdoors, and a desire to contribute as a part of The Wilderness Society to the protection of these special places.
 

Joel Trigg

Joel first became involved with The Wilderness Society as a volunteer during the Ningaloo Reef campaign in 2002. Following the Ningaloo victory, he continued volunteering with The Wilderness Society WA on the Great Western Woodlands campaign, Marine and Forest campaigns. Joel has served as an ordinary member of The Wilderness Society Victoria Management Committee and Convenor of The Wilderness Society WA Management Committee.
 
Joel is proud of the work he has contributed as an ordinary member and Acting Secretary of The Wilderness Society Inc. Committee of Management, and now with The Wilderness Society Ltd Board. He is supportive and active in the governance reforms of the organisation. Joel is working towards ensuring positive governance reforms which are in line with the grassroots principles of the organisation.
 
He is a lawyer and lives in Perth, Western Australia.
 

Brigitte is passionate about protecting the beautiful wild and natural places of Australia. She rafted down the Franklin River to celebrate the 30th anniversary of saving the Franklin, and has spent some time in the Tarkine (taking her family—including three sons—across the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair walk). This reminded Brigitte that she would like to do more than make donations—like volunteer for the Committee of Management. She was elected as a Member of the Committee at the 2014 AGM, and is now part of The Wilderness Society Ltd Board.
 
Brigitte works as a Venture Capital investor, building new companies based on new medical devices and medicines based on new Australian technologies. As a result, she is on the board of a number of companies from start-up through to larger organisations and has more than 16 years’ experience working on boards. Her non-profit contribution has mostly been in the health and venture capital spaces, but has also taught 'Entrepreneurial Finance' at Melbourne Business School.
 
Brigitte has a long-standing interest in the environment, has worked at the UN Environment Program in Nairobi, and at Molten Metal Technologies, a US-based company that tried to create new technologies to deal with hazardous wastes. She completed a Masters degree which focused on how multinational companies influence the global environment at the same time as her Harvard MBA.
 

Michelle combines her passion for the environment through both her work, and involvement with community and not-for-profit organisations such as The Wilderness Society. Participation includes field work such as undertaking monitoring studies, serving on management committees/boards, and leading state and national organisations. Particular experience has been gained in National Park Associations. She was elected as a Member of The Wilderness Society Inc Committee of Management at the 2014 AGM and is currently a member of The Wilderness Society Ltd Board. 
 
Key actions have involved leading strategic development and implementation, review of governance, implementation of governance reform, and ensuring long-term organisational sustainability in the environmental not-for-profit marketplace and current political environment. Having a Masters degree in Natural Resources—Park Management, and Bachelor degrees in Law and Urban and Regional Planning, Michelle works as an applied Researcher.
 
Her expertise lies in multidisciplinary research for the achievement of environmental responsibility, economic viability and social accountability. Michelle has been a member of The Wilderness Society since 2006. 
 
In her free time, Michelle can be found roaming Australia’s wild places, or in the garden.
 

At the age of 11, Leanne established the Guildford Primary School Conservation Club and spent much time planting native trees; many of which are still standing. She has been a member of The Wilderness Society since late 1980s, is co-founder of the Glen Alpine Bushcare Group and has contributed to Landcare and similar initiatives for many years.
 
Professionally, Leanne has qualifications in both Social Work (BSW, PhD) and Science (Grad Dip. Climate Change and Resource Management). She has run her own mental health and social policy consulting company since 1990; specialising in multi-stakeholder engagement and consultation, and been engaged by governments to provide advice and guidance with the establishment of a number of government-funded peak bodies.
 
Leanne has over 30 years’ experience with NGO committees of management—establishing and supporting the development of both fledging and established NGOs. She has experience with non-government sector governance through a number of organisations she has either helped to establish or has been on the board of—such as the NSW Association of Mental Health (current) and Victorian Mental Health Legal Centre.

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.
 

Wanting to play a more active role in protecting the environment, Laura first became involved with The Wilderness Society in 2011 when she joined The Wilderness Society Victoria Management Committee.
 
Between 2014 and 2016, Laura also served on The Wilderness Society Australia Board and has been a strong supporter of the organisational governance reforms. She will continue working to ensure that the governance structures best support the vision and mission of the organisation.
 
With a Bachelor in Science and a Masters in Policy Laura has worked in a range of roles in government and the not-for-profit sector. Through these diverse experiences she has developed a range of skills, including project management, policy development, research and evaluation, communication and stakeholder engagement.
 
Originally from the UK and currently living in Cambodia, Laura is passionate about protecting the unique Australian wilderness.
 

Lou has almost 20 years experience in marketing communications working for charities, environmental NGOs and government in the UK and Australia. From smuggling video to the media whilst covering NVDAs for Greenpeace (pre-the smartphone era!) to managing state-wide government campaigns on energy efficiency to promoting conservation and playing in nature, she has a broad range of experience and a passion for campaigning, marketing, social justice and the environment.
 
To relax she likes rock climbing and trail running over mountains.
 

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.