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The 2013-14 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.


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Paul Sinclair (Chair)

Director of Campaigns, Australian Conservation Foundation

Dr Paul Sinclair is the Director of Environmental Campaigns at the Australian Conservation Foundation. He is responsible for developing and managing talented campaign teams who build community, business and government support for initiatives that conserve and restore Australia's safe climate and ecosystems.

Paul is an executive member of the Australian Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature; a member Community and Industry Advisory Board for Environmental Programs at the University of Melbourne, the World Commission on Protected Areas and the Stakeholder Reference Group of the National Water Commission.

He has had over a decade of experience working with non-government, philanthropic, government and business sectors to create policy and law reform across issues of drought, nature conservation, natural resource management, rural water allocation, environmental flows, urban water supply, and nature-based solutions to carbon pollution mitigation and climate adaptation.

In recent years he has been involved in creating an innovative program to purchase environmental water for wetlands in Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, the process of establishing Australia's first national wildlife corridors program, supporting ACF's work with partners to establish the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, the national network of Commonwealth marine reserves and the Biodiversity Fund.

His book The Murray: A River and its People (Melbourne University Press) is an environmental and cultural history of the Murray River and was published in 2001. He has had the privilege of working with two of Australia's leading artists, Mandy Martin and the late John Davis, on collaborative art projects exploring the importance of arid rangelands and river environments to Australian national identity.

Pepe Clarke (previous Chair)

CEO, Nature Conservation Council of NSW

Pepe Clarke is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW (2010-2013).

From 2009-2010, he worked as a consultant to a number of international conservation organisations, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF Australia and Conservation International.

From 2006-2008, he was Legal Advisor to the IUCN Regional Office for Oceania in Suva, Fiji. During this time he also lectured at the University of the South Pacific and founded the Fiji Environmental Law Association.

He was previously Programs Director of the Environmental Defender`s Office in Sydney, Australia (2003-2006), and lectured in Environmental Law at the University of New South Wales. He has also worked as a lecturer, tutor and community education and conducted research for a number of universities, private firms and civil society organisations.

He is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) and the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), and served as the CEL Focal Point for Oceania from 2006-2009. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I), Bachelor of Environmental Science, Post-Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and a Masters of Laws.



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Andrew Maclean

Director, Wet Tropics Management Authority

Andrew Maclean is the Executive Director of the Wet Tropics Management Authority, the statutory authority responsible for the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area. He has nearly 30 years of professional experience in the management of forests and protected areas. He holds degrees in applied science, environmental management and public administration.

Current priorities in his role with the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area are to ensure effective community engagement in management and protection programs – including in particular the Traditional Owners of the Wet Tropics; supporting the development of high quality sustainable tourism experiences based on the Wet Tropics and establishing the reputation of the Wet Tropics as an internationally significant learning landscape.

Jason Irving

Manager, Protected Area Policy and Planning, South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Jason is Manager, Protected Area Policy and Planning in the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. He has over 15 years’ experience in protected area policy and is responsible for legislation and policy for protected areas on public and private land, including legislation, management planning, wilderness protection, native title and co-management, tourism and recreation, and exploration and mining.

Most recently he has been instrumental in policy work to protect Arkaroola in the Flinders Ranges through development of the Arkaroola Protection Act; working with ACIUCN and The Nature Conservancy on a ground-breaking symposium and publication on "Innovation for 21st Century Conservation"; amending the Wilderness Protection Act to provide for co-management of wilderness protection areas with traditional owners; preparing the state protected area strategy, 'Conserving Nature'; and negotiating the co-management of the Coorong National Park with the Ngarrindjeri traditional owners.

Jason has been a member of WCPA since 2006 and have been a past elected member of the Executive of Australian Committee for IUCN (2006-2010).



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Prof Brendan Mackey

IUCN Councillor, Director of the Climate Change Response Program, Griffith University

Brendan Mackey is professor and director of the Climate Change Response Program at Griffith University which leads Griffith University’s research into climate change adaptation and mitigation. The program promotes a multidisciplinary approach to climate change research inclusive of the environmental, social, economic and governance dimensions. He is a member of the IUCN Council having been elected at the Jeju Congress as a regional councillor for Oceania. Brendan areas of research and expertise include climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems, conservation science and policy, and natural heritage evaluation.


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Michael Chilcott

Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ).

Michael has more than 25 years’ experience in Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa, as both an environmental consultant and senior member of environmental NGOs.

Michael is a founding member, current National Treasurer and Executive Member, and past NSW President, of IUCN member, the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), the professional association for environmental practitioners.

Prior to establishing Linchpin Environmental in 2010, Michael was a Director and Board member of consulting firm Eco Logical Australia 2006 to 2010 and a Director of Manidis Roberts, between 1996 and 2006.

Prior to joining Manidis Roberts, Michael had a successful fourteen-year career with WWF-World Wide Fund for Nature, during which he was Assistant Director (Conservation) for WWF in Australia, and a Director of WWF’s international HQ near Geneva, Switzerland.

His experience covers the fields of environmental impact assessment, natural resource planning and management, environmental policy, business management, governmental and community relations, corporate environmental strategy, and programme evaluation. He speaks French.