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.

 

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.

Keith Halliwell: Director

Keith is a non-executive director and finance executive, with almost 30 years board-level experience in the listed, not-for-profit and start-up sectors, with skills in finance, corporate governance, company secretarial, strategy development, and capital raising.

Keith’s corporate life covers a range of industries, both in Australia and internationally, including engineering, manufacturing, wholesale/distribution, with most recent roles in cooperatives, including water supply for agricultural use. The cooperative’s experience has highlighted for Keith the not-for-profit strategic importance of service to members, including social cooperation within a member community, the impact of the natural environment, understanding the nature of member loyalty and engagement and how to strengthen and retain member commitment.

He has served on a number of company Boards since 1996 and is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of Harvey Water, where he also Chairs the Audit and Risk committee and the Remuneration and Nomination committee. This role has heightened Keith’s interest in the impact of climate change and sustainability particularly relating to the agricultural sector.

Keith’s qualifications include BSc (Hons), he is a chartered accountant (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and he is a graduate and Fellow 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, and finance. 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 and teaches at Curtin University in the subject areas of Economics, Strategic Management, Risk Management and Corporate Governance. He has previously been an elected member of local government, and Board Member of Mundaring Arts Centre.

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

He is from a farming family and grew up in the Perth Hills area. As part of his interests, he has undertaken a range of short courses, including Aquaculture at UWA, and Agribusiness at the University of Adelaide. 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 also part of the team that introduced renewable energy feed-in tariffs to metropolitan and regional Western Australia. 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, a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Professional Member of the Economic Society of Australia.

 

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.

 

Ian Wadley: Director

Ian Wadley is a fifth-generation Australian with more than 25 years of multi-sector professional experience, including 17 years of international roles. His career track includes non-profit organisational strategy, evaluation and learning; mediation; legal practice; humanitarian assistance; good governance consulting; and the design and conduct of parliamentary performance audits.

Ian’s independent consulting practice now helps organisations working on complex projects around the globe demonstrate greater value by accelerating learning and adaptation, clarifying strategy, and assuring the quality of professional judgements in the field. He recently co-founded a Swiss-based non-profit organisation, the Peace Dividend Initiative, where he continues as Advisor to the Executive & Board.

Ian is a member of the Board of MSF Switzerland, a West Australian lawyer, and an accredited mediator. He studied law and commerce at Murdoch University, and holds post-graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Geneva’s Graduate Institute, and UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, thanks to scholarships from the Rotary Foundation, MacJannet Foundation, and the Harvard Program on Negotiation.

Ian is strongly committed to environmental restoration, and to the responsible stewardship of Australian landscapes, water catchments, and coastlines for the benefit of future generations. He has family roots in West Australian farming and mining, and lives in Perth with his wife and three children

 

Tom Widenbar: Director

Tom is an experienced environmental professional, having worked across consulting, waste and mining industries. Tom has extensive experience working with the Environmental Protection Act, environmental impact assessments and site environmental management.

Tom is also an elected Councillor at the City of Cockburn, sitting on 7 internal committees and 4 external committees. Tom grew up on an Olive Grove in York where he developed a love for nature and has a keen interest in sustainability as well as reuse and recycling.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science (Coastal Zone Management) from Curtin University and is currently studying the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, and an MBA through the University of Central Queensland.

 

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.

 

Cassie Howell: Board Trainee

Cassie is an emerging restoration ecologist with an interest in regenerative agriculture and environmental economics. She also has research interests in mangroves and wetland ecology. She is completing a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) majoring in Botany and plans to pursue a career that helps to bridge the science-policy gap in environmental management and decision making.

Cassie is passionate about helping all people connect with nature and has been involved in establishing the first Intrepid Landcare group in Western Australia. She is also passionate about ensuring that young people have a voice in decision making and that they get the chance to create the future that they want. Having held numerous student leadership and volunteer positions, she is keen to learn more about governance and management.

 

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