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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.


Martijn Wilder

President WWF-Australia

 

 

As our planet faces a critical point of no return, we at WWF must do all for can for future generations to safeguard the Earth on which we live. This means drawing on the best available science as the basis for delivering effective long term conservation outcomes. 

 

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 Martijn Wilder, AM

President, Director; Member, Board of Directors since 2012. Partner, Baker & McKenzie; Chair, Baker & McKenzie Law for Development Initiative; Chair, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA); Director, Climate Council of Australia; Chair, NSW Climate Change Council; Governing Board member, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP); Member, Wentworth Institute of Concerned Scientists; Honorary Professor of Law, Australian National University; Deputy Chair, Private Sector Roundtable of the Asia Pacific Rainforest Recovery Plan.

Martijn Wilder © Martijn Wilder

Ms 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.

Renee Boundy  Photo courtesy of Renee Boundy

Prof. 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; Member of the Research Committee for the Hermon Slade Foundation and the Australia and Pacific Science Foundation; Scientific Associate of the Taronga Conservation Society Australia; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science.

Chris Dickman  Photo courtesy of Chris Dickman

Mr Peter Everingham

Director; Member, Board of Directors since 2017; Member, Finance, Audit & Risk Management. Director, iCar Asia Pty Ltd.; Director, Super Retail Group; Former Managing Director of SEEK Limited's International division including Chairman of their China business, Zhaopin Limited and Director of their education businesses, IDP Education, Online Education Services and THINK Education; Former director of strategy for Yahoo! in Australia and Southeast Asia.

Portrait of Peter Everingham. Courtesy of Peter Everingham.

Dr Guy Fitzhardinge, AM

Director; Member, Board of Directors since 2013. Managing Director, Thring Pastoral Co.; Director, Northern Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA); Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of the Inland, Latrobe University; Deputy Chair, Uralba Aged Care; Member, Editorial Board for the Journal of Ecological Management and Restoration.

Guy Fitzhardinge Photo courtesy of Guy Fitzhardinge

Mr Stephen Gottlieb

Director; Chair, Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee; Member, Board of Directors since 2013. Special Counsel – Tax at KPMG; Board Member, Force Majeure; Member Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia; Chartered Tax Advisor.

Stephen Gottlieb © Stephen Gottlieb

Prof. 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.

Lesley Hughes © Lesley Hughes

Mr Sean Triner

Director; Member, Finance Audit & Risk Management Committee; Member, Board of Directors since 2017.
Owner and Board Director, ; Board member, ChildFund NZ; Consultant, former owner and co-founder of Pareto Fundraising.

Sean Triner, WWF-Australia Board member. Photo courtesy of Sean Triner.

Mrs Nicole Sparshott

Director; Member, Board of Directors since 2018. CEO T2 Tea since 2016 and Global Vice President Unilever since 2011; Former senior level commercial and marketing roles held Unilever, the Coca-Cola Company and George Patterson Y&R across multiple markets – Asia, UK, USA and Australia.

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.