Board

At Perth NRM, we are collectively and individually passionate about our environment. This is also true of the Perth NRM Board of Management, who have a wide range of experience and skills to guide our organisation.

Perth NRM’s Board consists of up to eight independent directors and operates under the rules of the Perth NRM Constitution. The Board meets regularly throughout the year to oversee the strategic direction, governance and finances of Perth NRM. Each year the Board reports to members and stakeholders at the AGM in October/November.

The Board has two subcommittees; the Committee of Finance, Audit and Risk (CFAR) chaired by Darrell Jones, and the Nominations Committee chaired by Shona Zulsdorf.

In 2020, the Board created a non-voting Board Trainee position to give young professionals the opportunity to gain board experience as part of their professional development.

Dr Bruce Hegge: Chair

Dr Hegge is an experienced company director with a strong interest in the promotion of sustainable and effective environmental management through the application of sound principals of science.  He strongly believes that long-term environmental sustainability is best facilitated through effective community and stakeholder engagement with appropriate knowledge sharing which fosters genuine ownership by local champions.

He has a PhD in Geography, specialising in coastal environments, and a keen interest in the application of systems thinking.  He is a highly experienced environmental scientist with strong skills in project management, data analysis, report writing and communication.  In 2002 he co-founded a professional services firm which is now the largest marine environmental consultancy in Western Australia and widely recognised for its strong commitment to quality and integrity.

Bruce is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course and has considerable board-level experience in organisations across the environment, education and professional associations sectors.  Through this experience Bruce has a deep understanding of strategy, governance, organisational culture, contract management, business finance, marketing, business development, human resource management and information technology.  He has a demonstrated commitment to continuing professional development and the application of innovative methods.

Meg Anklesaria: Deputy Chair

Meg brings significant knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing natural resource management including climate change and population growth from 25+ years of working with the Water Corporation.

As a Principal Business Planner, Meg developed programs for:

  • Urban land planning and growth analysis
  • Capital investment planning
  • Stakeholder engagement and strategic marketing
  • Drainage research and development.

Meg is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. She has a degree majoring in Psychology (Queensland University), a Graduate Diploma in Business Systems and Design (Curtin University) and a post graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (Securities Institute). With 10+ years as a Trustee Director of a corporate superannuation fund, Meg has substantial experience in corporate governance, risk management, strategic business planning and investment management.

Meg has a deep personal interest in the natural environment and in achieving results that benefit both the community’s health and the protection of Western Australia’s unique flora and fauna. Meg currently works with several organisations including Lifeline, Cambridge Coastcare and two local government committees.

 

Pat Cesare: Director

With extensive experience in stakeholder consultation and business case development, Pat is a consultant with more than 20 years experience in the mining industry. His skills include strategy development, risk management, options analysis, value proposition development and project management. With operational roles in Australia and south-east Asia, Pat has managed technical and multi-disciplinary teams.

At a personal level, Pat’s interest in sustainable agriculture comes from growing up with his (late) Grandparents (who were Italian emigrants), and growing the majority of the family’s vegetables in the back yard of their suburban home. Today, his children watch his parents as they grow their vegetables and make pasta at home too. In Pat’s travels he has seen cities where planning and community attitudes reflect in the amenity of the city. Conversely, he has also experienced ‘concrete jungles’ with a corresponding poor quality of life. Hence, Pat has a desire to contribute positively to the maintenance and improvement of the biodiversity, amenity and ‘livability’ of the greater Perth region. As a Board Director at Perth NRM, he feels he can make a real contribution along these lines, for current and future generations.

Pat holds a Masters of Science (Mineral Economics) from Curtin University and is a member of the Geostatistical Association of Australia. Pat is a graduate and Fellow of Leadership W.A. and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Darrell Jones: Director

Darrell Jones is an experienced not-for-profit director with expertise in strategy, governance, economics, finance and marketing. He is currently Chair of the PNRM Committee for Finance, Audit and Risk (CFAR). In other roles, he is a Member of the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (where he is also a member of CFAR), Councillor at the Shire of Mundaring (member of the Audit and Governance Committee and the Environmental Advisory Committee), former Board Member of Mundaring Arts Centre, and community Board Member of a local primary school. He teaches part-time at Curtin University in the subject areas of Economics, Strategic Management and Corporate Governance.

Alongside business issues, Darrell has a strong interest in arts, environment and sustainability.

He is from a farming family and grew up in the Perth Hills area. As part of his interests, he completed a short course in aquaculture at UWA. When working for Western Power, Darrell led the introduction of the first green power electricity product in Western Australia, which supported the development of the Albany wind farm. He was an integral part of the team that introduced renewable energy feed-in tariffs to metropolitan and regional Western Australia which was a necessary enabler for the development of the roof-top solar photovoltaic industry. Darrell and his family live in a solar passive home in the Perth foothills.

Darrell holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Graduate Certificate in Marketing and Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Lucido: Director

David is Managing Director of Sentient Hubs, an Award-Winning Open Convergence Platform improving social, economic and environmental outcomes. David has developed and implemented sustainable growth strategies for market-leading technical and industrial organisations for almost twenty years. He is internationally recognised for his ability to improve the competitiveness, financial performance, and internal alignment across a range of sectors.

David has been engaged by notable Australian and global Fortune 500 organisations, at all levels and across different cultures. David’s professional clients include numerous SMEs, as well as larger organisations including: Amcor, Canon, CSIRO, DuPont, Elders, Lenovo, Merrill Lynch, Monash University, National Australia Bank, Pfizer, Rio Tinto, and SITA Suez.

David’s executive appointments include:

  • Group CEO – Westlink Logistics
  • CEO – National Ports Corporation
  • Head of Strategy & Business Development – Wood Group

David was born in Fremantle, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. He is passionate about addressing ‘wicked problems’ by making it much easier to quantify and visualise economic, environmental and social impacts.

 

Robert Stribling: Director

Robert is an experienced corporate lawyer having worked at an executive level as General Counsel/Head of Legal for many years in an in-house capacity in the energy sector in Australia and internationally. He has significant experience in corporate law, senior management, advising boards, compliance, corporate governance and stakeholder collaboration, and extensive exposure to the resources and energy industry, the environment and water resources.

In addition to a well-developed knowledge and understanding across a wide range of legal practice areas, Robert has a good network in law and commerce and a strong understanding of corporate operations, management systems and compliance.

Robert’s appointments include:

  • Independent Advisor to the Board of the Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation.
  • Non-Executive Director on the Board of Stormwater Australia.
  • Member of the Contaminated Sites Committee Panel of Names for the Western Australian Government Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
  • Member of the Perry Lakes Restoration and Replenishment Steering Committee for the Town of Cambridge.

In addition to the above, Robert’s skill set extends to senior standing in corporate law; a strong record in corporate leadership and development of corporate culture; frequent involvement in regulatory and corporate governance and compliance; significant experience in government and corporate relations; well-developed advocacy, negotiation and communication skills; acknowledged commitment to mentorship and people development; and front line responsibility for anti-bribery, corruption and ethics.

Glenice Batchelor: Director

Glenice has demonstrated a long-term personal and professional commitment to landcare and natural resource management with extensive experience working in the industry across Western Australia as well as roles in agriculture, community services, disability, local government and more recently, biosecurity.

Glenice started her diverse career studying Horticulture at iconic Kings Park and has applied knowledge and skills gained in her early training across a wide-ranging career. She has maintained links with her farming background and original discipline throughout.

Glenice has been involved at a strategic level on boards and organisations. She chaired the Saltland Pastures Association Grower Group and is a previous chair of Wheatbelt NRM regional group, winners of WA Regional Community Achievement Awards.

She was a founding member and then chair of WA’s NRM Regional Leaders Group, served on the Avon River Management Authority and as inaugural secretary of the Avon Waterways Committee. She has represented WALGA as the WA Country member on the Roadside Conservation Committee.

Glenice was awarded the DAFWA Landcare Professional Award and is a previous WA finalist in the RIRDC Rural women’s award. She was a founding member of Therapeutic Horticulture Australia and in 2019 she was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Horticulture.

Glenice is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and understands the importance of strong and good governance.

Glenice’s work and board roles might change but her passion and commitment does not.

 

Shona Zulsdorf: Independent Chair of the Nominations Committee

Ms Shona Zulsdorf has significant experience on boards and committees and has held executive and senior management positions in government departments, commercial agencies and Ministerial offices. Shona is currently Principal of Springboard Solutions, Chair of the Plumbers Licensing Board and an expert member of the Audit and Risk committee with the City of South Perth. Her qualifications include Master of Communication, BA(Hons), Graduate Diploma in Commerce and a Certificate in Board Governance. Her experience includes providing leadership, strategy, corporate governance, transformational change, risk and audit oversight.

 

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