Parry Agius
Chair, NRM Regions Australia

Managing Director, Linking Futures

“Being open to conversations and working together creates more opportunities”, Parry Agius.

As an inspiring and motivating leader, Parry encourages people to enjoy what they do in the workplace; be accountable for and take ownership of their work, become familiar with the environment they work in, and the important relationships they have with stakeholders. This is the essence of what Parry brings to all projects he works on.

Parry has vast experience across sectors, working for and with all tiers of government, small and medium business, larger corporations and not for profit Indigenous groups and businesses in remote and regional communities throughout Australia.

Parry currently holds the positions of Senior Associate, D4G design for growth; Member Council, National Landcare Network Board; Senior Aboriginal Cultural Mentor, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc; Presiding Member, Alinytjara Wilurara Natural Resources Management Board;  Native Title Commissioner, Environment Resources Development Court of South Australia; Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Federal Court of Australia and Community Relations Officer, Community Centres South Australia.

Nerida Bradley
General Manager
Queensland Trust for Nature

Nerida joined QTFN in June 2016 after more than a decade in Darwin working as a lawyer and strategic advisor in a range of Northern Territory Government Agencies.  She has joined QTFN hoping to align her professional expertise with her passion for growing community and corporate appreciation of the value of sustainable living and management practices through engagement in land and natural resource conservation.

Paul Elton
Executive Director and Chief Executive
NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust

Paul has worked across numerous sectors. Throughout his career, Paul has had a significant focus on environmental protection and biodiversity conservation, including climate change policy, and the intersection of environmental policy with policy and programs in areas such as energy, resources, forestry, water management, infrastructure, land use planning and development assessment.

Paul Elton was appointed Executive Director of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, in July 2017,

Dr James Fitzsimons
Director of Conservation
The Nature Conservancy – Australia Program

James oversees the organisation’s conservation planning, science and policy functions for that country. This includes the vast tropical savannas of northern Australia, the central deserts, the Great Western Woodlands (the world’s largest temperate woodland) and emerging marine and freshwater programs. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy he was a senior project officer with the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council developing recommendations for public land use along Australia’s largest river, the Murray. His PhD research focused on the ecological, social, governance and legal aspects of multi-tenure reserve networks – networks which sought to integrate the management of public and private conservation lands. He is the author of numerous papers on practical conservation planning, protected area and land use policy and legislation and wildlife ecology.

Brendan Foran (ALCA Chair 2018)
Chief Executive Officer
Greening Australia

Since joining Greening Australia as CEO in 2011, Brendan has led an organisation wide governance and strategy reform program that has led to greater levels of impact, efficiency and resilience. He believes that not-for-profit organisations are born out of a need for change and must regularly evaluate themselves to stay focused, relevant and aligned with their internal and external stakeholders.

Brendan is motivated by the fact that Greening Australia’s 150 staff, in 30 locations around the country, think bigger than the environment and have a clear vision for healthy and productive landscapes where both people and nature thrive.

Before joining Greening Australia, Brendan was the Corporate Affairs Manager – Eastern States for Alcoa of Australia. Brendan holds an MBA and an Advanced Diploma in Business Management from the University of Ballarat.

Brendan has extensive experience in business management and strategy development, with strengths in government relations and liaison, community and stakeholder relations and organisational transformation. He was a 2011 Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange participant in Iceland and a 2016 Harvard Club of Australia non-profit fellow.

Dr Jody Gunn
Executive Manager, South East
Bush Heritage Australia

Dr Jody Gunn has over 20 years of conservation experience, working in wildlife ecology and research, land management, joint management planning and conservation strategy. She has worked in this field extensively across Australia, but also in Tanzania and the United Kingdom.

Jody has held positions with Fauna & Flora International, the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, and now Bush Heritage Australia. Her role at Bush Heritage involves leading its conservation programs across four states in south east Australia. Jody also leads Bush Heritage’s national Health Safety and Environment Program.

James Hattam
Chief Executive Officer
Tasmanian Land Conservancy

James is the Chief Executive Officer for the Tasmanian Land Conservancy; his passion is centred on nature and connecting people to the natural world through shared experiences, storytelling and community involvement. James is a Conservation Ecologist with over ten years’ experience working in the conservation sector, with government and not-for-profit organisations in Victoria and Tasmania. James’ experiences include; implementation and application of conservation covenants and other agreements, philanthropic programs, marketing, communications, community engagement and not-for-profit governance.

Hugo Hopton
Chief Executive Officer
Nature Foundation SA

Before joining Nature Foundation SA in February 2016, Hugo was Regional Manager at Natural Resources SAMDB based in Murray Bridge where he led delivery of the programs of both the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board and DEWNR for the community and government. After completing a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) at the Australian National University, Hugo began his career as a forester in the South East and Fleurieu Peninsula, moving on to work as the manager for State Flora and revegetation program manager within Primary Industries SA. Throughout his career he has worked with and for communities and industries in land conservation, primary production, native vegetation management and water management. Hugo also has strong relationships with government departments within South Australia and the Commonwealth, and with local government and the NGO sector.

Tim Hughes
South Endeavour Trust

Tim oversees the management of the South Endeavour Trust and its 16 private conservation reserves in Queensland and New South Wales. Tim was previously Chair of the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW and was instrumental in the founding of ALCA. Before working full time in conservation he was a senior executive in the finance industry and wrote a column on economics and finance for the Brisbane Courier-Mail. He currently sits on the the board of emerging listed biotech company, Factor Therapeutics, and is a member of the Investment Committee of HESTA, a $40 billion superannuation fund for the health industry. He has first class honours degrees in Geology and Economics and a masters in Natural Resource Management.

Doug Humann
Landcare Australia

Doug is the Chair of Landcare Australia. He has 30 years leadership experience working with environmental NGOs, Indigenous groups, Traditional Owners and natural resource management / catchment management authorities. Doug’s consulting business provides advice on a range of strategic, investment, project, governance and personnel issues. Doug is Deputy Chair of the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board, working with Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners in central Victoria, and also sits on a number of other boards and advisory bodies.

Victoria Marles
Chief Executive Officer
Trust for Nature (Victoria)

Victoria joined Trust for Nature as CEO in 2009, recognising the value of the organisation’s work in protecting the state of Victoria’s vulnerable biodiversity. Trust for Nature has a proud 45 year history of working with organisations, landowners and volunteers and now around 100,000 ha of privately owned land is protected via covenants or through Trust for Nature reserves.

Victoria is a lawyer by training and has worked in private practice and as a legal regulator. Victoria is on the steering committee of the International Land Conservation Network (ILCN) and the Australian Business Biodiversity Initiative (ABBI).