Meet The Board

South Australia – Patrick O’Connor (Chair)

Patrick O’Connor is a research ecologist and environmental economist, environmental consultant and science educator. His work over the last 20 years has focussed on the use of scientific principles in designing, monitoring and evaluating environmental programs for governments and statutory authorities in Australia. His research interests and scientific publications span fields of ecosystem service economics, terrestrial ecology and detection of change in plant and animal communities. Patrick has held a number of governance positions in the community sector, including on the boards of Trees for Life (South Australia), the Nature Conservation Society SA, and Cystic Fibrosis Australia.

Western Australia – Keith Bradby (OAM)

Currently Chief Executive Officer of Gondwana Link Ltd and Deputy Chair WA Landcare Network Inc., Keith is a long-time advocate for the ecological values of south-western Australia. As a community activist in the early 1980s he helped halt the clearing of some three million hectares of public land for marginal agriculture and as a concerned local he was involved with establishing some of Australia’s earliest landcare groups. As a businessman he ran beekeeping and native seed businesses, consulted to the mining sector and worked in local enterprise development. As a bureaucrat in the 1990s he managed and reformed the Peel-Harvey catchment program and drove the process that ended large scale land clearing in south-western Australia. He wrote the book ‘Peel-Harvey: decline and rescue of an ecosystem’ and as a film maker co-wrote and narrated the award winning documentary ‘A Million Acres a Year’. He conspired with friends to establish the Gondwana Link program in 2002. Keith was the winner of the 2005 Great Southern Development Commission’s Medal of Excellence in Natural Resource Management and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2015 for service to conservation and the environment in Western Australia.

New South Wales – Stephanie Cameron

Steph is the Chair of Landcare NSW and a business owner of a soil testing company based in Tamworth. She has strong financial skills and business strategy experience. Steph has been involved with Landcare at all levels, both grass roots and the associated state and regional bodies. Her roles include Treasurer, Tamworth Urban Landcare (2008 till current), Treasurer or Secretary, Tamworth Regional Landcare Association (2009 to current), Chair Sustainable North West (2012 to current) and past Chair New England-North West Landcare Network Chairs (2015-2018)

Tasmania – Dr Josie Kelman

Josie has 20 years experience in the Environmental and Natural Resource Management sector working in Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland. She currently is the Managing Director and co-owner of an environmental consultancy Enviro-dynamics. She has worked in Landcare and community extension with a focus on creating healthy landscapes for much of her career. This work has included: catchment planning, specific biodiversity project planning, vegetation survey, threatened species and vegetation project implementation, carbon emission and biodiversity offsets and whole farm planning particularly grazing land management.

Josie also has specialist skills in monitoring and evaluation with a PhD in Environmental Management. Her thesis focused on evaluation of management effectiveness in protected areas, specifically looking at what was driving management effectiveness in Australian protected areas. Josie has lectured in Ecology, Integrated Landscape Management and Experimental Techniques.

Queensland – Geoff Elliot

Coming from a rural background, Geoff initially pursued a career in supervision and management of large earthwork projects in the eastern states of Australia and the Pacific Islands, working for several of Australia’s major construction companies. An interest in aviation led to Geoff attaining his commercial pilots’ license and the position of owner and Managing Director of a large flying training, aircraft charter and maintenance business in QLD. His undeniable passion for agriculture eventually saw a return to the land when Geoff and family moved to the Inglewood region to purchase a superfine wool, sheep meat and cattle production enterprise. Living through a pervasive governmental and landholder farming era of ‘clear as much timber as possible to increase production’ did not sit well with Geoff. His resultant deep-seated desire to better manage the property for sustainable production has led to a broad understanding of traditional and innovative natural resource management issues and techniques.

Over the last 19 years Geoff has been an active member of numerous local community groups and held representative positions with the local producer organisation Traprock Group, the Border Rivers Catchment Management Association (presently Vice Chair), and the Inglewood and Texas Landcare Association (chairman for last 8 years). As an active Landcare advocate for many years, Geoff was invited to join the QWaLC Board representing the QLD Murray Darling region, and at the 2015 AGM was elected to the position of Chairman.

Northern Territory – Sue McKinnon

Sue has been an NLN Board Director and Landcare NT Chair since 2017. She resigned from the Landcare NT Chair role at the 2019 AGM but remains on this committee as the Top End Regional Delegate. She is currently representing Landcare NT on the Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee and the Australian Association of Environmental Education. She is Mitchell Creek Catchment Friends Group Chair which has a current focus on citizen science activities with the community and school sectors.

Her focus is the protection of catchment biodiversity via engaging community, increasing awareness, and contributing to strengthening urban planning legislation. Sue is active in this aim through Landcare activities at a local, territory-wide and national level of engagement. She was recognised for her efforts in 2013 with the presentation of the NT Individual Landcarer Award and the Territory NRM Inaugural Champions Award.

She is a community development practitioner with lengthy experience in a wide variety of NT urban, rural and remote settings in both a paid and voluntary capacity. She has a B.Humanities degree and a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management. She was an elected alderman to her local Council from 2008 to 2017 with two stints as Deputy Mayor.

Victoria – Kaye Rodden

Kaye grew up on a beef cattle farm in the Yarra Valley east of Melbourne and now farms sheep with her husband and daughters on a property west of Geelong, on the Barwon River. Kaye is a founding member of Barrabool Hills Landcare Group, in its 25th year, and has been its president for the last 5 years. She is a member of the Geelong Landcare Network Committee of Management and deputy chair of the newly constituted Friends of the Barwon. She was a Corangamite delegate on the Victorian Landcare Council for 7 years, and its executive secretary for 5 years, until its merger with the Farm Tree & Landcare Association, and was the foundation Deputy Chair for Advocacy and Partnerships for Landcare Victoria Inc. She spent nine years as a Board Member of the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, and its deputy chair for 3 years, retiring in 2009. Kaye chaired the Otway Agroforestry Network for 5 years and was a director on the board of the Australian Agroforestry Foundation.

Kaye is a government appointed representative on the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability’s Reference Panel and a community representative on the Victorian Rabbit Action Network, which recently won a United Nations Public Service Award.

Kaye was awarded a doctorate for her research into trace element nutrition of sheep and holds an honours degree in Agricultural Science, a Diploma of Education and a Master Tree Grower Certificate. Her postgraduate work with CSIRO and the Victorian government focused on modelling complex biological systems.

Australian Capital Territory – Dr Maxine Cooper

Dr Cooper has extensive experience as ACT Auditor-General, and previously as the Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment, Chair and Executive Director ACT Water Security Taskforce and as a professional senior executive in the ACT Government, Brisbane City Council, New South Wales Government and in private enterprise.

Dr Cooper’s skills and experience will bring a renewed focus to the ACT’s peak body for land stewardship. She has led organisations responsible for land and resource management; parks planning and management; urban and regional planning; transport planning; sustainability planning; arts policy, management and grant funding; and heritage policy and planning.

Landcare ACT is the Territory’s peak non-government organisation for landcare, the stewardship of the land by the people. It supports caring for our living legacy in urban, peri-urban and rural areas, parks, reserves and waterways and supports traditional custodianship methods as part of sustainable natural resource management.

Kerry Olsson (Company Secretary)

Kerry Olsson is a graduate member of the Institute of Company Directors and a board member of ACT Landcare Ltd.

She is a rural landholder in the ACT, holds qualifications in environmental science, and was for many years a senior executive in the Commonwealth public service.

Kerry is also a volunteer with the Southern ACT Catchment Group and serves on their management committee.

Committees of the Board

CommitteePurposeMembers
Finance, Audit & Risk CommitteeThe purpose of this Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities with regard to financial management and reporting, risk management and compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Stephanie Cameron (CHAIR)
  • John Holley (Independent Member)
  • Gerry Butler
  • Josie Kelman
  • Kerry Olsson
Governance CommitteeThe Governance Sub-Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities with regard to governance, management and reporting, risk management and compliance and reporting.
  • Maxine Cooper (CHAIR)
  • Rod Knight
  • Kaye Rodden
  • Sue McKinnon
Selection CommitteeThe Selection Committee supports the Board of NLN in providing assurance that the size, composition and diversity of skills on the Board is appropriate for the nature of the organisation and its Aims and Objectives.
  • Geoff Elliot
  • Sue McKinnon
  • Josie Kelman