Aerial view of Hardy Reef, home to the Heart Reef, Great Barrier Reef © Jürgen Freund

Aerial view of Hardy Reef, home to the Heart Reef, Great Barrier Reef © Jürgen Freund

Board of Directors

I am motivated by the challenges facing both the environment and humanity as a whole and working with an organisation like WWF, who can make meaningful change, is a great privilege.


Robert Purves

President WWF-Australia

 

WWF's Board of Directors is elected at the Annual General Meeting by the membership of Governors. Directors must be Governors and be nominated by their fellow Governors. Each year one-quarter of the Board must retire, and if eligible they may be nominated for re-election. Directors of the Board can sit on the Board for six consecutive years, with extensions in some cases. The President of the Board is appointed by his fellow Directors for a term of three years, for up to two terms.

Our Directors

 
Mr Robert Purves, AMRob Purves © Andrew Chapman

President; Director; Member, Board of Directors since 2010.

Former Board Member, WWF International.

Founding Member of The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists; Chairman, Purves Environmental Fund; Patron, Lizard Island Research Station; Director, Climate Council of Australia; Governor, Australian Youth Climate Coalition; Member, Steering Committee of NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub; and former Chairman, DCA Group Limited.

 

 

Ms Renee BoundyRenee Boundy  Photo courtesy of Renee Boundy

Director; Secretary; Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee; Member, Board of Directors since 2014.

Partner at Allens since 2012; Member, Finance and Treasury Association; Member, Asia Pacific Loan Market Association; Former Director, Odyssey of the Mind.

 

Prof. Chris DickmanChris Dickman  Photo courtesy of Chris Dickman

Director; Member, Eminent Scientists Group; Member, Board of Directors since 2015.

Professor in Ecology (Personal Chair), University of Sydney; Councillor, Royal Zoological Society of NSW.

 

  
Dr Guy Fitzhardinge, AMGuy Fitzhardinge Photo courtesy of Guy Fitzhardinge

Director; Member, Board of Directors since 2013.

Managing Director, Thring Pastoral Co.; Chairman Karrkad-Kanjdji Trust; Director, Northern Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA); Consultant, Kimberley Land Council (KLC); Consultant, Central Land Council; Consultant, Indigenous Business Australia.

 
Mr Stephen GottliebStephen Gottlieb © Stephen Gottlieb

Director; Chair, Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee; Member, Board of Directors since 2013.

Partner, KPMG; Former Board member, KPMG; Board Member, Force Majeure; Member, Institute of the Chartered Accountants in Australia; Chartered Tax Advisor.

 

 
Prof. Lesley HughesLesley Hughes © Lesley Hughes

Director; Member, Eminent Scientists Group; Member, Board of Directors since 2013.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Integrity and Development, Macquarie University; Member, Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists; Member, Climate Scientists Australia; Councillor, Climate Council of Australia.

  
Mr Martijn Wilder, AM
Martijn Wilder © Martijn Wilder

Director; Member, Board of Directors since 2012.

Partner, Baker & McKenzie; Chair, Baker & McKenzie Law for Development Initiative; Chair, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA); Director, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC); Director, Climate Council of Australia; Chair, NSW Change Council; Governing Board member, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP); Member, Wentworth Institute of Concerned Scientists; Adjunct Professor, Australian National University; Deputy Chair, Private Sector Roundtable of the Asia Pacific Rainforest Recovery Plan; Member, Reef Trust Innovative Financial Mechanisms Panel.

Committees of the Board

The Board is assisted in its function by two committees, whose membership is drawn from the Board and who report to the Board as well as a science advisory committee consisting of some of Australia’s most eminent scientists.

 

Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee (FARM)

This committee must include members with relevant financial expertise. Its main role is to assist the Board by providing oversight of finance and business affairs, compliance, risks and internal controls and appointment of auditors.



Nomination and Governance Committee

This committee must include members with relevant corporate governance expertise. Its main role is to assist the Board by having oversight of the processes for admission of WWF-Australia Governors, nomination and evaluation of the Board of Directors, and other governance processes.

 

Eminent Scientists Group (ESG)

This committee must have members with experience across key areas of our conservation strategy. Its main role is to help, support and advise WWF-Australia so that it operates effectively as a science-based, solution-focused organisation and provides guidance on the use of appropriate, timely and relevant research to underpin conservation outcomes.


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