Our People

At the national level, GER is led by a Board of Directors comprised of experts from the conservation, academic and environmental fields. Day to day operations are overseen by the Executive Director. On ground delivery is achieved through our regionally based partner networks, as well as individual partners, who all have a purpose in line with GER’s goals and contribute directly to achieving our vision.
  • Bob Debus AM

    Bob Debus AM


    Former NSW Environment Minister, Bob Debus, succeeded in expanding the national park estate to 1.8 million hectares and took a leadership role in the development of GER …

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  • Gary Howling

    Gary Howling

    Executive Director

    Gary graduated from Lincoln University, New Zealand with postgraduate qualifications in Applied Ecology, and has worked in a variety of roles in Government …

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  • Virginia Young

    Virginia Young

    Board Member

    Virginia has experience in business and the public sectors and a strong history in nature conservation. As Chair of Gondwana Link Ltd, in the south of Western Australia …

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  • Kevin Evans

    Kevin Evans

    Board Member

    Kevin Evans recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) a position he held for 8 years and has been on the GER Board since 2010 …

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  • Brendan Mackey

    Brendan Mackey

    Board Member

    Brendan is currently Professor and Director of the Climate Change Response Program at Griffith University, Australia. Prof Mackey has published extensively on the science …

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  • Liz Gould

    Liz Gould

    Board Member

    Liz Gould is passionate about biodiversity conservation and enjoys collaborating to develop and translate policy and science, engaging and informing the community and …

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  • Ian Pulsford

    Ian Pulsford

    Board Member

    Ian is a protected area and connectivity conservation specialist with 36 years’ experience in conservation including as a senior manager leading multidisciplinary …

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  • Tandi Spencer-Smith

    Tandi Spencer-Smith

    Director, Communications

    Tandi is a passionate conservationist with over fifteen years of experience in the environmental sector and a Master of Science …

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