ABOUT ACIUCN / THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE / 2016-17
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ABOUT ACIUCN / THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE / 2016-17
The 2016-17 Executive Committee
The Executive is made up of four elected representatives from within the ACIUCN membership - two from government and two from non government members. In addition, the regional IUCN Councillor resident in Australia serves on the committee and a Treasurer may be seconded. The Executive is responsible for carrying out the administrative affairs of the Committee and attending to matters between meetings. The Chair is elected from the Executive and the role alternates every two years between government and non-government members.
The 2017 Executive Committee: (from left) Non-government member representatives: Graham Tupper (ACF) and Rachel Walmsley (EDO NSW); and government member representatives: Sean Sullivan (Department of the Environment and Energy) and Jo Hopkins (Parks Victoria).
Members of the 2016-17 Executive Committee with the IUCN Oceania Regional DIrector and ACIUCN Director at the 2016 AGM, Sydney. From left: Taholo Kami, IUCN Oceania Regional Director; Katherine Zischka, Director ACIUCN; Graham Tupper, Executive Committee Member (ACF); Jo Hopkins, Executive Committee Member (Parks Victoria); Peter Cochrane, Executive Committee Member (IUCN Regional Councillor.
Sean Sullivan (ACIUCN Chair)
First Assistant Secretary, Policy Analysis and Implementation Division Federal Department of the Environment
Sean has been in the Australian Government environment portfolio for over 20 years and prior to this, he worked in the Department of Primary Industries and Energy. During his time in the Environment portfolio he has worked on a variety of natural resource management issues including the regional forest agreement process, the establishment of the Australian Greenhouse office and the implementation of Australia’s Oceans Policy in the National Oceans Office.
In addition to his domestic responsibilities, Sean has worked on a number of international issues including the Commission on Sustainable Development, international oceans policy, RIO +20, and more recently the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Sean is currently the First Assistant Secretary of the Biodiversity Conservation Division where he is responsible for the delivery of biodiversity policy and programs.
Before joining the Australian Public Service, Sean spent ten years at the Australian National University in undergraduate, postgraduate and research positions in science, ecology and environmental law.
Manager Strategic Partnerships, Parks Victoria
Jo Hopkins is the Manager Strategic Partnerships at Parks Victoria and has extensive experience in park management. She is responsible for the consolidation of high level partnerships that deliver on Government policy and facilitates initiatives with mutually beneficial outcomes between partners. As a result of this work, Jo has a strong network of industry contacts at local, national and international levels.
Jo has a combination of substantial professional experience with a strong commitment to the vital role that parks and protected areas play in ensuring a healthy natural world.
Jo is also the Chair of Health Sciences Advisory Board for Deakin University, a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and holds a B.A. in Recreation with Distinction from RMIT University. With experience in establishing two start-up not-for-profit organisations; People and Parks Foundation and Healthy Parks Healthy People Global, Jo has a proven track record with ensuring good governance, developing policy and proactive communications with membership.
Jo is a keen swimmer and enjoys spending time in nature, particularly in many of Victoria’s spectacular coastal parks.
Policy & Law Reform Director, EDO NSW
Rachel Walmsley is the Policy and Law Reform Director at EDO NSW and on behalf of EDOs of Australia. Rachel has been a member of the ACIUCN Executive for the last 2 years and is currently the ACIUCN Public Officer.
Rachel has over15 years’ experience working on environmental law and policy in Australia and overseas. She has written extensive law reform submissions and discussion papers, and advised governments, NGOs, local communities and Aboriginal clients on a range of environmental law issues. Areas of expertise include laws regarding protected areas, world heritage, marine and terrestrial biodiversity, natural resource management and private land conservation.
Rachel is Co-consulting Editor of the Australian Environment Review, a member of the Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law, a member of ELAW and IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law; and guest lectures in environmental law. She is a practising lawyer with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours in International biodiversity law) and Masters in Environmental Science and Law.
Northern Australia Program Manager, Australian Conservation Foundation
Graham Tupper is the Northern Australia Program Manager for the Australian Conservation Foundation and holds degrees in science and environmental studies. Graham has worked in a variety of roles over his 30 year career including as Government Relations Manager for ACF for 8 years, after 20 years in international aid and development. He has worked on reafforestation programs in Africa, water supply programs in Asia and served 5 years as Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development.
Graham served as a member of the governing boards of WaterAid Australia and Transparency International Australia. He has also helped forge a range of cross sector alliances and partnerships including the Australian Education for Sustainability Alliance.
Graham has a passion for nature, the rights of Indigenous peoples and keeping country healthy. He currently works as ACF’s northern Australia program manager with a focus on protecting the outstanding natural and cultural values of Cape York and the Kimberley. This includes land tenure reform with Indigenous people, the creation of new joint managed National Parks and advancing National and World Heritage nominations. Over the years at ACF Graham has worked to increase funding for conservation and land management including through the Biodiversity Fund and the Indigenous Ranger programs. More recently Graham has helped foster new partnerships between Indigenous organisations and the tourism sector to develop new nature and culture based visitor experiences.
IUCN REGIONAL COUNCILLOR (Australia)
Peter has over twenty years experience in senior executive leadership and governance roles in the public and private sectors. He was elected in September 2016 to the IUCN Council to serve a four year term, nominated from Oceania. Peter is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and was a member of its Executive and Steering Committees (2014-2016).
He consults on environment and sustainability issues, and is currently an adviser to the national State of Environment Report 2016 focused on building its audience and utility, and its potential form post 2016.
He chairs the Steering Committee of the National Environmental Science Program’s Marine Biodiversity Hub and its Research Users Committee.
He is a Director of Ecotourism Australia, TangaroaBlue Foundation, and chairs the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute. He sits on the Steering Group of the Protected Area Learning and Research Collaboration.
Peter is an Adjunct Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University.
He is an associate with two consulting companies: Futureye and Empowering Engagements.
Peter was Director of National Parks and head of Parks Australia from 1999-2013. He was Deputy Executive Director of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (1994-1999) and an adviser to two federal Ministers for Primary Industries and Energy (1990-94). He worked in the Australian National University Research School of Biological Sciences as a technical officer and departmental manager in plant ecology and physiology (1974-1990).
He has a BSc (ANU) and a Masters Public Policy (ANU).
ACIUCN is seeking a volunteer Treasurer.
For more information, please contact ACIUCN Director, Katherine Zischka at email@example.com