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Board Nominations and Voting

Dear Members, 

The Australian Committee for IUCN put out a call for nominations from our NGO membership to fill a casual vacancy on the ACIUCN Board for a period of two years (late 2024). Applications were due by 27th January 2023 and we have received three nominations. We are now asking for Members to vote to determine the new Board member. 

You can view nominee bios below the Poll.

The nominees are:

- Grace Huang (National Environmental Law Association)

- Annissa Lawrence (TierraMar)

- Erica McCreedy (North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) ) 

Voting closes Wednesday15th February 2023

Nominee Biographies

Grace Huang

Grace is a Board member at the National Environmental Law Association (NELA), where she co-convenes the Memberships, Partnerships, and Personnel Portfolio with NELA President Matt Floro. She brings diverse set of perspectives gained from her experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors, including recently as a solicitor in the Environment, Planning, and Communities team at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney, where she advised public and private sector clients in relation to a variety of environmental and planning law issues involving environmental litigation, major infrastructure projects, renewable energy projects, and land acquisition.

Grace has also worked extensively with a range of organisations including the Australian Law Reform Commission, the Environmental Defenders Office, and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

She is passionate about cross-sector collaboration, nurturing community amongst like-minded environmental law professionals, and developing robust debate around the reform of environmental law.

Anissa Lawrence

Anissa Lawrence is the Managing Director and founder of TierraMar, and works globally with a focus on Australia, the Pacific, and the Coral Triangle to achieve conservation impact at scale. Her focus is on using nature-based solutions and other transformational approaches to secure a future where people and nature thrive together. TierraMar is all about addressing the core priorities of communities to reverse the legacy of poor outcomes for nature in a cost-effective way to achieve the scale needed to reach a nature positive, net zero world by 2050. Anissa has a diverse background in environmental science, coastal and marine natural resource management (NRM) and fisheries conservation, environmental communication, financial accounting, strategy, and risk management. She has held senior positions in several Australian conservation organisations and leading international consulting and professional services firms. Anissa has worked across nearly every industry sector and with all types of organisations from blue chip companies to government departments both nationally and internationally in this capacity. She has held several board positions, including Chair and Deputy Chair for a number of NGOs and government organisations and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She brings over 25 years’ experience in developing and communicating strategic solutions and managing people, projects, and businesses towards sustainability.

Erica McCreedy

Erica McCreedy is NAILSMA's Chief Operating Officer, tasked with overseeing the day to day administration and operational functions of the organisation, including working closely with our management team to deliver NAILSMA's 2030 10 year Strategic Plan.

Erica is a Māori woman from Ngāti Raukawa and Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti tribes from Aotearoa, New Zealand. I currently live on Larrakia Country in Darwin, NT.

Erica is a communications and strategy specialist, with 15 years experience working with Indigenous land and sea managers across Australia, and internationally.

Erica takes a community-led project management approach. She recently led the development of NAILSMA's monitoring and evaluation framework to track how NAILSMA creates positive and sustainable impacts with Indigenous communities and partners, now and into the future. She has extensive experience facilitating and delivering on-ground training workshops and technical support to Indigenous rangers and communities with a particular focus on culturally led education, training, and communications.

Erica joined NAILSMA in 2011 as an I-Tracker Project Officer, leading the development of the land patrol application to support Indigenous land managers to collect information about their country and their land management efforts. She has developed monitoring and evaluation systems, business on country plans and education and training programs during her time at NAILSMA.

She has founded a successful Consulting and Business Mentoring company supporting Indigenous women and women of culture to create and grow culturally aligned businesses.

She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Indigenous Knowledge Systems at Charles Darwin University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies and Media Communications from Southern Cross University.

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