Board and CEO
WILDCARE was incorporated on 25 August 1998. As an incorporated organisation, WILDCARE Inc. sits outside the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment. Its constitution is based on a strong partnership with a number of government agencies.
As with any incorporated organisation, WILDCARE has a Constitution and is managed by a Board of Management that oversees its strategic operations and dispersal of monies from the WILDCARE Fund.
Board of Management
The Board of Management consists of –
- Appointed Co-Chair – Manager, Community Partnerships Section, DPIWE – who chairs
the Annual General Meeting
- Elected Co-Chair* – who chairs Board Meetings and Special General Meetings
- Secretary – 0.1 FTE, in kind from DPIWE
- Presidents of the CARes (“Friends of”) groups*
- Representative from Nature Conservation Branch
- Representative from Tasmanian Heritage Office
- Representative from Parks & Wildlife Service
- Representative from Marine Resources
* Denotes positions are wholly elected by WILDCARE membership.
A copy of the Constitution can be obtained Wildcare Inc Rules and Constitution and click on the “files” tab to find it.
- Wildcare-Inc-Rules Final 9-12-2015
- Wildcare Strategic Plan 2013-2016
- Wildcare gift Fund Committee
- 16.04.15.WC.BOM.Minutes.Summary - Summary
- 11.06.15.WC.BOM Minutes.summary. - Summary
15 ANDREW SMITH
Co-Chair WILDCARE Inc
As part of the partnership between government and WILDCARE Inc Andrew holds the position of Co-Chair as a consequence of his position as Manager Community Programs, Parks and Wildlife Service. He has provided this partnership link between the Agency and WILDCARE Inc since 1997.
In his professional role Andrew manages Community Programs for PWS, coordinating and facilitating partnership programs, including volunteers and philanthropic programs, as well as managing the Interpretation & Education, Communications & Media, and Community Engagement Units.
Andrew created the Friends of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Inc in 1990 while working as Education Officer at the Gardens (1988 – 1997).During this time he was involved in the creation of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc, running the first National conference for that organisation in 1993 in Hobart and being a Committee member between 2003-2004. Andrew managed the facilitation network for NHT community programs – Bushcare, Coastcare, Landcare and Waterwatch while employed as Manager Community Programs in DPIPWE between 1997 and 2007. Andrew was a member of the Board of Directors of Volunteering Tasmania Inc (2005 – 2009). He was National Chair of Parks Volunteers Australia for a period of two years.
He has travelled the world presenting papers on volunteerism, community engagement and environmental education and continues to participate in international forums and networks. He provides professional and community training in areas of community engagement philosophy and practice, group facilitation skills, Open Space Technology, Community Based Social Marketing, environmental education, cultural sensitivity, and strategic planning. Andrew also spent 5 years as a National Park Ranger from 1979 – 1984 and was Education Officer with Parks and Wildlife Service from 1984 – 1988.
In his spare time Andrew goes boating and fishing, potters in his garden, walks the dog, and tries to keep track of two adult sons, Fergus and Callan, and their multitude of interests and activities.
Co-Chair Wildcare Inc
Suzanne, lives in Jackey’s Marsh in northern Tasmania. She works as a project manager by day, and as an artist whenever she can. Since moving to the Marsh Suzanne has become involved in caring for the wildlife she shares the land with. Mange is a serious problem with wombats, as is toxoplasmosis in the wallaby population. So rather than pristine wilderness, the Marsh shows much evidence of the impact of humans. Suzanne is considering ways to incorporate videos of the wildlife into her arts practice.
She has lived in Tasmania for most of the past 25 years, but has so far only explored a few of the many beautiful places in Tasmania. She enjoys bushwalking and has had memorable experiences in the South West, Maria, Bruny and Cradle Mountain. The Tarkine is on her bucket list. Suzanne finds her exploration trips great spring boards for her landscape painting.
Her organisational skills developed from many years’ experience in a range of roles should provide a useful contribution to Wildcare Tasmania.
Robert Dyson joined the board of Wildcare as Treasurer to be involved with a worthy community orientated organization.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and has a Diploma of Business Accounting from the Swinburne University in Melbourne. He also holds the qualifications of a registered tax agent and a superannuation fund auditor. His personal life involves family and am actively interested in various sporting activities.
He has 23 years’ experience in public accounting and 15 years in the commercial sector mostly with Fitzgeralds/Harris Scarfe and Tote Tasmania. He has concerne for the Tasmanian wildcare environment and see the treasurers role as a way of contributing to its continued successful operation.
Bob grew up in Launceston before moving to Hobart to do a life sciences degree. He worked for the Rural Fires Board, then with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. He held a number of positions during his 30 year career, including Fire Management Officer, Regional Manager Tasmanian Wilderness WHA, and a number of positions in senior management before retiring in 2003. He had a small business working as a consultant in natural area management from 2003 to 2007.
Bob and his wife Penny have been active Wildcare volunteers since 2003 involved in a number of groups including Friends of Deal Island, Tasman Island, Maria Island, Melaleuca, Threatened Plants, SPRATS, Coningham, Wellington Park, and Orange Bellied Parrots.
Bob has been a member of the Board and the Gift Fund Committee for the last 6 years.
Dave is currently the president of the Friends of Freycinet Wildcare Branch. He and his wife Christine are also very active in the Friends of Coningham Nature Reserve Branch and have undertaken numerous working bees with the Maria Is, Woodvine, and SPRATS Branches as well as events on Deal, Maatsuyker and Bruny Islands, Lake St Clair and Cockle Creek/Hastings. They were also very active in the Orange Bellied Parrot recovery program. In his other working life Dave was a Commonwealth Public Servant working mainly in the education sector. He is a very active bushwalker, has an extensive native garden and loves classical music and reading.
Erika is a bushwalker and sailor with an interest in remote areas who also enjoys writing and photography. After a career in the Public Service, she ran a hand-craft business using Tasmanian native timbers.
A life member of the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania, Erika has served on a number of committees under the auspices of the Parks & Wildlife Service including the former South West Advisory Committee and the Melaleuca/Port Davey Advisory Committee. She was also a Volunteer Caretaker and Weather Observer on Maatsuyker Island, Three Hummock Island and Sandy Cape on Fraser Island and worked for two years as Manager and Weather Observer on Swan Island, a private island off Tasmania’s north east coast.
Currently she is an active member of the Friends of Tasman Island and the Friends of Melaleuca but also maintains an interest in the Friends of Maatsuyker Island, the Friends of Deal Island and Friends of Bass Strait Islands. In this changing world, Erika hopes to be able to find emerging opportunities to further enhance the natural values of Tasmania’s wild areas.
Rosemary Gales is the Resource Management and Conservation (RMC) Division representative on the Wildcare Board. Rosemary studied zoology and wildlife conservation at universities in West Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania, followed by post-doctoral studies on seals in Newfoundland and albatrosses back in Tasmania. She has extensive experience with seabirds and marine mammal conservation biology, having worked on numerous offshore islands, including Macquarie and Heard Island.
Rosemary currently manages the Biodiversity Monitoring Section of RMC and is the Tasmania’s DPIPWE Orange-bellied parrot conservation program manager.
Among other teaching and research activities he had developed long-standing research interests in wetland ecology, restoration and management. He commenced volunteering for the Tamar Island Wetlands in November 2006, elected president in March 2008 and then elected to the Wildcare Board in April 2008 as a President’s representative. He has have been on the board since.
His particular interests in serving on the Board are to be involved in encouraging and assessing internal grant applications so that branches can take on appropriate projects, that these activities are completed in safe environments with appropriate protective equipment available as well as participating in developing efficient and effective board governance.
During this time he has worked in the South, North and North West of Tasmania including the Bass Strait islands of King, Flinders, Deal and Three Hummock and have overseen conservation, management and development works in parks and reserves throughout Tasmania. He has a particular interest in coastal area management and was heavily involved in the planning, development, and construction of the Tamar Island Wetland Centre. The Parks and wildlife Service shares a unique relationship with volunteer and Cares groups that deserves recognition and celebration. Maintaining and improving that relationship through strong strategic and communication links with our partner organisations is a key focus for Stan.
Sally is a keen bushwalker and kayaker and Wildcare volunteering well suits her interest in learning about the natural and cultural history of remote areas of Tasmania while making a contribution to conservation projects. Sally, and her husband Michael, first took up a Wildcare volunteer position as Cape Bruny Lighthouse Caretakers and Observers in 2013. Since then they have been involved in numerous Wildcare projects, including weed eradication on Deal Island, sea-spurge removal on the west coast (SPRATS), Friends of Freycinet working bee and the Orange Bellied Parrot Program (2014-16).
Closer to home on the North-West coast Sally is involved with the Ulverstone Coast-care group and the volunteer track-worker program at Cradle Mountain National Park. She is an inaugural member of the newly formed Wildcare Friends of Cradle Mountain. Sally has been a member of the North West Walking Club for 36 years. Throughout her Primary School teaching career Sally placed an emphasis on developing children’s awareness of the natural world and promoted a responsible approach to caring for the environment. To enhance her teaching skills Sally completed the Landcare for Teachers program designed by the University of Tasmania. Sally was appointed to the Wildcare Board in April 2016. With an interest in ‘Emerging Opportunities’ Sally will be working towards improving Wildcare opportunities for all sectors of the Tasmanian community in a time of changing conservation issues and technological advancement.
Ian grew up in Brisbane, studied Architecture at QUT, and is a Registered Building Designer in Tasmania. He worked in Papua New Guinea from 1977 to 1979, and met and married his wife in Port Moresby. Ian was introduced to bushwalking in his teens, and was a member of the Brisbane Bushwalkers Club for 25 years and Public Relations Officer for Federation Mountain Rescue for five years. He first visited Tasmania in 1971 to walk in to Lake Pedder before it was flooded, climb Frenchmans Cap, and walk the Overland Track. He developed a passion for nature and landscape photography which has continued to the present day. Ian, with his wife and three children, moved to Tasmania in 1994. He joined the Launceston Walking Club, where he was soon involved with their “Do You Know Tasmania” wilderness slide and film shows, chairiing the DYKT committee from 1997 to 2013. He was responsible for obtaining and project managing a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund in 2005 which enabled the show to convert to digital production and presentation, and the forty-four 16mm films that had been made for the shows were digitised, and a series of DVDs produced. He was granted Life Membership of the Launceston Walking Club in 2009. Ian has also volunteered with Targa Tasmania for 21 years. As Stage Commander for the Sideling Stage for ten years, he organised a team of around sixty people to run the stage, as well as liaising with local residents and the community. He has been a Wildcare member for many years, but has been actively involved with Friends of Tasman Island and Friends of Melaleuca in particular in recent years, taking part in working bees and using his practical building skills. Ian believes that volunteering creates social capital that enriches our community, and sees Wildcare as a significant facilitator of volunteering in Tasmania, that deserves wide support by both our State Government and the Tasmanian public.
Sally was employed as a library technician for many years before becoming a counsellor and therapist. During that time she was the Australian co-ordinator for an International Theparists’ Organisation, as well as holding national and state level positions in health care and sporting committees.
In later life she became a weed officer, which lead to volunteering for Wildcare for the last 8 years, including being secretary of Friends of Freycinet since 2010. As well as that she has been active in many other groups including Mt Wellington, Coningham, Tasman Island, Deal Island, Maria Island, Sprats and Woodvine.
She joined the Board of Management of Wildcare in 2012 and was elected co-chair in 2013. Currently she sits on subcommittees regarding Governance and Communication, and has been instrumental in developing a new website for Wildcare. Sally keeps fit doing bushwalking and orienteering.