Our People

The Australian Committee of IUCN is run by the Director. The Director is supported by the Project Coordinator and the ACIUCN Executive Committee, which is made up of four elected members - two government members and two non-government members. 

In addition, if there is an IUCN Councillor resident in Australia, they serve on the Committee, and a Treasurer may also be seconded.
 
ACIUCN works closely with other members of the IUCN constituency including local Commission experts, the IUCN Oceania Regional Secretariat based in Fiji and other Regional and National Committees.

 

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Kate Davey
Director, ACIUCN

Kate started with ACIUCN in July 2021.  Kate recently returned from from Fiji where she spent five years as Senior Marine Advisor in the Oceania Regional Office of IUCN working with senior government leaders and local and international NGOs across several countries (Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga) to deliver on a range of conservation priorities within the IUCN program of work.

Kate may also be known to some of you when she was the Director of the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) from 2000-2009. There she built positive working relationships across the environment movement and with state and national governments, donors and the marine science community.

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Lisa Malcolm
Project Coordinator, ACIUCN

Lisa Malcolm began working with ACIUCN in May 2022. Lisa is an environmental scientist who specialises in environmental education, engagement and science communication and has with a wealth of experience in conservation.

 

For 13 years, Lisa was Griffith University EcoCentre’s Environment and Community Network Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management and a Masters in Teaching Sciences.

2022 Board Members

Government House Representatives
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Fleur Downard
Director, International Environment and UN  Section
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

 

Fleur currently leads the United Nations Organisations and International Environment Section in the Trade, Market Access and International Division of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. 

 

Fleur has previously worked as a qualified lawyer in both private practice and in-house in the department. After completing a Master of Environmental Law she joined the former Department of Environment and has worked primarily across the environment and water portfolio areas for the past ten years.

 

In 2021, she was Australia’s National Convenor for the United Nations Food Systems Summit dialogues, led the government’s engagement in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress and was a delegate to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Conference.  She also leads the government’s engagement with the United Nations Environment Programme and will be part of the delegation to the United Nations Environment Assembly in February 2022.  Her section also leads on other cross-cutting international environmental organisations and processes, including the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the G20 Environment track, the OECD Environment working groups, the Sustainable Development Goals and will lead the department’s engagement for the Stockholm+50 Conference in 2022.

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Jo Wilson
National and International Partnerships, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Joanne is a highly experienced conservation scientist and manager with a background in marine and coastal ecosystems, protected area management and monitoring and evaluation. Over her 25 year career she has worked in diverse roles across state governments, industry and non-government organisations often at the nexus of science, management, policy, capacity building and community engagement.

She has worked in diverse cultural settings, including five years living and working in Indonesia as Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy Indonesia Marine Program. In NSW, she has worked with Aboriginal communities on protected area management and climate adaptation for cultural values.

She currently leads the national and international partnerships program for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Joanne is a member of the WCPA and and is involved in key IUCN programs including the Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas for which she is a member of the global Standards Committee.

Joanne spends much of her spare time in the garden, the ocean or hiking.

Non-government Organisation Representatives
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Basha Stasak
Nature Program Manager
Australian Conservation Foundation

Basha is Nature Campaign Manager at the Australian Conservation Foundation(ACF). She is passionate about influencing system change to create positive social and environmental outcomes. Before joining ACF, she worked in state and federal politics, social enterprises, and grassroots organisations. Basha holds Bachelor of Laws and of Business and was recognised as the 2011 Western Australian Young Environmentalists of the Year

 

She is a keen climber and skier and enjoys exploring the world’s many mountain ranges.

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Ted Plummer
Director, Wilderness Australia 

 

Ted Plummer is a director of Wilderness Australia. He was a senior adviser to NSW Environment Minister Bob Debus from 1999 to 2007. This period was a high water mark for environmental policy in NSW under Bob Carr’s and Bob Debus’ leadership and saw the adoption of numerous far reaching and lasting environmental reforms, including: significant expansion of the NSW national park estate (in northern, southern and, for the first time, major additions in western NSW); significant new declared wilderness areas and wild rivers; expanded program of joint management of national parks with local Indigenous traditional owners; more than doubling the budget for national parks; transfer of Sydney Water’s Special Areas in Blue Mountains to NPWS form inclusion in Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area; and creation of marine parks and expanded sanctuary zones.

Other Executive Members
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Peter Cochrane (Interim Chair)
IUCN Regional Councillor

 

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).

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Blathnaid Byrne

Treasurer

Bláthnaid is currently Director of Sustainable Finance at the Commonwealth Bank and was previously the Group Treasurer at AGL Energy.

 

She is based in Sydney. Having started her career in Dublin, she has spent almost 20 years working in treasury roles across various industries including healthcare, travel, recruitment and energy.

​Bláthnaid holds the AMCT Diploma in Treasury from the Association of Corporate Treasurers, the Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants as well as a BA Degree in International Business & Languages (French & German) from Dublin City University.

​Currently, Bláthnaid is a member of the Finance and Treasury Association’s State Committee, with specific responsibility for Women in Treasury and sits on the Mobilising Capital technical working group of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative. Bláthnaid is a governor at WWF Australia.

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Jo Hopkins
Public Officer 

Jo Hopkins is the Manager National and International Engagement 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 deep commitment to the vital role that parks and protected areas play in ensuring a healthy natural world.

Jo is the Chair of the IUCN/WCPA Health and Well-being Specialist Group, Chair of Health Sciences Advisory Board for Deakin University, Co-Chair of the World Urban Parks Advocacy Committee and holds a B.A. in Recreation with Distinction from RMIT University. With experience in establishing two start-up not-for-profit organisations, Jo has a proven track record with ensuring good governance, developing policy and proactive communications with a membership base.

Jo is a keen swimmer and enjoys spending time in nature, particularly in many of NSW and Victoria’s spectacular coastal parks.