Board members

Nerida Bradley
General Manager
Queensland Trust for Nature

Nerida joined QTFN in June 2016 after more than a decade in Darwin working as a lawyer and strategic advisor in a range of Northern Territory Government Agencies.  She has joined QTFN hoping to align her professional expertise with her passion for growing community and corporate appreciation of the value of sustainable living and management practices through engagement in land and natural resource conservation.

Gary Wells
Chief Executive Officer
Nature Conservation Trust of New South Wales

Gary has qualifications in Science and Law from Sydney University and has had a wide ranging career over the last 25 years. He started his career in international trade consulting for six years with Deloitte and Ernst & Young in Sydney. Gary then moved to the family farm in Wagga Wagga where he joined the Wagga Wagga City Council as Director of Engineering & Technical Services and subsequently Commercial Strategy. During this time he developed a passion for regional development and in 2004 established a private consultancy which led a number of key strategic regional initiatives across NSW.

Hugo Hopton
Chief Executive Officer
Nature Foundation SA

Before joining Nature Foundation SA in February 2016, Hugo’s most recent role was Regional Manager at Natural Resources SAMDB based in Murray Bridge where he led delivery of the programs of both the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board and DEWNR for the community and government. After completing a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) at the Australian National University, Hugo began his career as a forester in the South East and Fleurieu Peninsula, moving on to work as the manager for State Flora and revegetation program manager within Primary Industries SA. Throughout his career he has worked with and for communities and industries in land conservation, primary production, native vegetation management and water management. Hugo also has strong relationships with government departments within South Australia and the Commonwealth, and with local government and the NGO sector.

James Fitzsimons
Director of Conservation
The Nature Conservancy – Australia Program

James oversees the organisation’s conservation planning, science and policy functions for that country. This includes the vast tropical savannas of northern Australia, the central deserts, the Great Western Woodlands (the world’s largest temperate woodland) and emerging marine and freshwater programs. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy he was a senior project officer with the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council developing recommendations for public land use along Australia’s largest river, the Murray. His PhD research focused on the ecological, social, governance and legal aspects of multi-tenure reserve networks – networks which sought to integrate the management of public and private conservation lands. He is the author of numerous papers on practical conservation planning, protected area and land use policy and legislation and wildlife ecology.

Jane Hutchinson
Chief Executive Officer
Tasmanian Land Conservancy

Jane has been involved with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) almost since its inception, joining the board, in a voluntary capacity, in 2002. A practicing lawyer at the time, she helped establish the TLC’s constitutional and financial foundations. She was TLC President from 2004 to 2007 and joined the TLC staff in 2009, leading TLC strategic projects and the fundraising operation, including the development of the TLC Strategic Plan. Jane became CEO in September 2011, and is committed to achieving the TLC’s vision for Tasmania to be a global leader in nature conservation and sustainability.

Victoria Marles
Chief Executive Officer
Trust for Nature (Victoria)

Victoria has an impressive record of service to the community through high profile leadership roles in the public and not-for profit sector. A solicitor by training, for the last four years Victoria has held the office of the inaugural Legal Services Commissioner — a regulatory role she established and shaped. Prior to this she was the Deputy Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. She has over ten years’ experience as a Member of VCAT and the Guardianship and Administration List, and has also worked as a law lecturer, commercial solicitor and secondary teacher.