The Wilderness Society Board of Directors comprises the following volunteer Members:
- Linda Selvey
- Coral Robinson
- Craig Zanker
- Leanne Craze
- Stuart Baird
- Ben Holgate
- Sam Rando
- Larissa Zimmerman
Qld | elected 9 March 2016
NSW and ACT | elected 9 March 2016
Vic | elected 9 March 2016
NSW and ACT | elected 9 March 2016
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.
Tas | elected 9 March 2016
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.
Vic | appointed 12 September 2017
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.
NT and SA | elected 23 November 2017
A lifelong love of nature and wild places has shaped Sam’s private and professional worlds.
In the late 1970s, he was one of a small group of people who founded the Victorian branch of The Wilderness Society. Over the following five years, Sam worked as a full-time volunteer during the Franklin Dam and Tasmanian forestry campaigns. Upon completing a science degree, he embarked upon a professional career in nature conservation and protected area management that has spanned more than 30 years. This included working with parks and wildlife agencies in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW and and the NT, as well as the Australian Antarctic Division. He has also worked as a consultant, helping manage places and landscapes of national and international significance, including four World Heritage sites.
Sam has worked alongside Indigenous people in every state and territory. For the last nine years, he has been employed by the Central Land Council in Alice Springs. He manages a wide variety of cultural and natural resource management programs and staff, including Indigenous ranger groups and Indigenous Protected Areas. Sam has gained considerable expertise in staff, project and financial management.
Throughout this time, he has remained involved with various NGOs advocating social and environmental change—including The Wilderness Society. Sam hopes to be able to give back to the organisation that was so central in his earlier, formative years.
Sam believes a key challenge for The Wilderness Society is the need to balance working on multiple local fronts whilst also campaigning on global threats to wild places.
Qld | elected 23 November 2017
With a BSc from the Australian Defence Force Academy and TAFE Competencies for Personal and Community Sustainability Projects, Larissa is a people-focused manager with recruitment and training experience in the community volunteer sector. Being in the Australian Regular Army and Federal Police, she has expertise in planning, staff supervision, business and financial management, along with well-developed communication skills.
Larissa is the Founder of National Financial Fitness (NFF), a small business that has been working with all levels of government, the private sector and community organisations since 2004. NFF was also selected for the ASIC Panel of Financial Literacy Experts.
Having sponsored a Wilderness Society Giant (tree) as a teenager, she has regularly donated to the organisation throughout her adult life—and even purchased 300 acres of land for conservation purposes. The intention is to keep the property pristine and run workshops in line with The Wilderness Society’s Purpose. Larissa has attended Movement For Life training, participated in door knocking and registered for phone banking. She is an active member of The Wilderness Society Brisbane Metro North Team and generously donated for the team’s launch.
Larissa believes the key issues facing the organisation are:
- raising brand awareness of The Wilderness Society and its causes, how it differs from other organisations and media traction;
- activating people who align with our values by growing our volunteer base and Movement For Life; and
- increasing membership and revenue.
Larissa is pleased to be part of a team that guides The Wilderness Society to success in accordance with its Purpose and Values.