Governance

The National Parks Conservation Trust is governed by a pro-bono Management Committee of Trustees.

Each brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the work we are doing.

The Trustees monitor Trust activity and financial management to ensure transparency and accountability for your investment.

Trustees

Philip Finley (Chair)

Phillip has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the ANU. He is admitted as a Barrister to the Supreme Court of NSW and solicitor to the High Court and ACT Supreme Court. Philip's legal background involved an extensive administrative law career in senior legal positions in several Commonwealth departments and agencies. This was followed by serving as a legal member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. He currently provides legal assistance to the Canberra Community Law Centre in Canberra. Philip has provided legal advice and assistance to the Australian Seed Bank Partnership [ASBP] since April 2013. This has involved assisting the National Coordinator in relation to a range of legal issues arising from agreements and funding arrangements with partner organisations as well as agreements with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and other donor organisations.

Craig Connelly (Trustee)

Craig is the Chief executive Officer of The Ian Potter Foundation. He was appointed in 2015. Mr Connelly previously spent 25 years working in a variety of roles in the Australian financial services sector, initially with respected chartered accounting firm, Price Waterhouse, followed by 11 years as a leading Australian equities analyst and partner with JB Were. In 2004 Mr Connelly successfully established his own Australian Equities long/short fund before selling his interest in the fund in late 2011. Over the past 15 years, Mr Connelly has spent time supporting personal philanthropic pursuits, including his Swim For Life campaign; raising funds for the Royal Melbourne Hospital 5 West cancer day ward, and more recently, devoting his efforts to the advancement of a large community club in the north west region of metropolitan Melbourne.

Rhondda Dickson (Trustee)

Rhondda has recently retired from a thirty-year career in the Australian Public Service where she made substantial contributions to tackling many national environmental challenges. Starting in the mid-1980s she spent four years in CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology tasked with attracting external funds for the Division's research. In the 1990s she made a major contribution in developing and implementing national forest policy and negotiating regional forest agreements with five states. In the early 2000s she focused mainly on biodiversity and land management policy and implementing the Natural Heritage Trust and the National Action Plan on Salinity. Later in that decade she was responsible for cross government policy co-ordination of industry, agriculture and environment policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She became a Deputy Secretary in the agriculture department in 2010. In 2011 she was appointed Chief Executive of the Murray Darling Basin Authority and led the Authority in the development, negotiation and passage into law of the Basin Plan. Her last role before retiring in 2016 was as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Environment and Energy responsible for climate change policy.

Guy Fitzhardinge AM (Trustee)

Guy has extensive experience in land management, in supporting aspirations of indigenous people, in business and philanthropic activities. He holds many qualifications including a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Economics, a Master's Degree in Applied Science and a Doctorate of Philosophy looking at the relationship between people and landscape. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2013, he was recognised for his significant service to conservation and the agricultural industry as a Member of the Order of Australia. In addition to managing his own pastoral enterprise in central NSW, Guy is a Governor of WWF Australia (World Wildlife Fund) and previously a founding Chair of Karrkad Kanjdji Trust which was established to support the aspirations of the traditional owners of the Djelk indigenous protected area and the Warddeken indigenous protected area (in west Arnhem Land) in land management and cultural preservation. He has previously been a director of Bush Heritage Australia, Meat and Livestock Australia, the Meat Research Corporation and Chairman of the Beef Genetics Cooperative Research Centre. As a member of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee for twelve years, Guy provided advice and guidance from a community perspective on the listing of threatened species and communities under the EPBC Act.

Peter Hoefer (Trustee)

Peter is the Managing Director of Resolution Consulting Services, which is a niche public sector management specialist based in Canberra and Sydney. Prior to forming his own management consulting business, Peter was employed as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with the former Federal Department of Social Security, responsible for $50 billion in annual appropriations. This role provided extensive experience in executive level corporate governance with a direct report to the CEO, member of the Board of Management and Audit Committees, and Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee. As CFO, Peter managed the transition to the new Family and Community Services (FaCS) Portfolio, including the introduction of an outcome/output based management framework.