Wildcare Board and CEO

Wildcare Tasmania was incorporated on 25 August 1998. As with any incorporated organisation, Wildcare Tasmania has a constitution and is governed by a Board. The Board oversees:

  • strategic operations and finances, through the Wildcare CEO and
  • granting of monies from Wildcare’s Tasmanian Nature Conservation Fund, through the Wildcare Grants Assessment Committee.

Wildcare Board

The Wildcare Board consists of up to 11 Members. These are:

  • eight elected Board Members: elected by the Wildcare membership at an Annual General Meeting.  A Chair and Deputy Chair are appointed by the Board from this pool of elected Board Members.
  • an appointed representative of the Natural and Cultural Heritage Division, within DPIPWE
  • two appointed representatives of the Parks and Wildlife Service, within DPIPWE.

The following people are members of the Wildcare Board.

Ian Lundy

Elected Board Member

Ian has been involved in conservation volunteering for more than thirty years in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and, for the past eight years, Tasmania. While living in Melbourne he regularly volunteered with Friends of Merri Creek as leader of quarterly bird surveys and a participant in plantings along Merri Creek and the Yarra River. He has been involved in many other conservation activities in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.

Ian is an avid birdwatcher and lifelong bushwalker. He is a strong believer in the importance of ensuring the next generation builds an appreciation and respect for our environment through education and participation.

He has significant experience in board and executive roles in business and finance, including sitting on audit, risk and compliance committees. His experience includes formulation of business strategy, risk management strategy, policy development, and monitoring of risk and compliance. He was Chief Investment Officer of RBF, then Tasplan, a director of Hobart Airport, and a director of $6bn infrastructure fund Utilities Trust of Australia. He is a graduate of the Company Directors Course.

Melanie Becker

Elected Board Member

Melanie BeckerMelanie is the Principal of PeNa Consulting, specialising in governance, systems and process consulting. She holds an Honours Degree in Business Management and Information Systems and has extensive experience working on large infrastructure projects for the NSW government developing governance, risk and management frameworks. Melanie is also an accomplished program, change and stakeholder specialist having worked in Africa, Europe and Australasia.

Born in country South Africa, she developed a love of wildlife and conservation at an early age. This continued into her student years where she became heavy involved in informal education programs in South Africa and abroad. Since beginning her professional career, Melanie has volunteered in orangutan sanctuaries and worked on a range of other conservation efforts. She has a love of the outdoors, is a keen bushwalker, snorkeller, scuba diver and an amateur ceramicist.

Melanie brings a significant amount of energy to the Wildcare Board in her passion to aid and promote conservation. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has conducted independent governance and assurance reviews for the NSW Government on major projects. She is also a member of the external advisory committee for the Western Sydney University’s Masters in Program Management. Melanie relishes the chance to work with the extensive member base of Wildcare Tasmania and to make a difference.

Donna Burton

Elected Board Member

Donna spent over 30 years as a senior public servant, in Queensland and then Canberra, leading teams in sectors such as housing and homelessness, disability, international climate change policy, renewable energy and greenhouse programs, and Indigenous and public health.  She also spent several years working for the Commonwealth Auditor-General, managing teams who examined government agencies’ performance and adherence to the standards and professionalism expected by the Australian parliament and public.  Throughout her personal and professional life, she has worked closely with many volunteer-based community and environment groups, where she valued their expertise, community engagement, innovative approaches, and practical achievements.

She has always been a keen bushwalker, and since moving to Tasmania in 2018 became a Wildcare member. She feels that it is an honour to have been chosen to serve on the Wildcare Board for an inaugural period. Donna looks forward to contributing in this capacity to the highly valuable work that Wildcare has done for decades in Tasmania’s unique natural and cultural environments.

Gary Campbell

Elected Board Member

Gary spent his early years in Tasmania studying, enjoying the bush and cycling competitively at an Australian level. After more accounting and business studies in UK, he then worked in Asia for over 25 years, with his last position being the financial director on a successful turnaround of a global company. Travels to many countries have reinforced his passion and love for the Tasmanian countryside, and he has recently returned to Australia. He brings business, financial and corporate governance experience. His interests are the bush, wine and cycling.

Jen Fry

Elected Board Member

Jen Fry got her career start while at University, volunteering as a nature guide in the local conservation area. Since that time Jen has worked with land managers in Ontario, Queensland and Tasmania; with tourism providers in Queensland; and as the Premier’s Senior Advisor (including for Tourism, Brand, Heritage, Communities, Recreation and other portfolios). Jen currently works as the Chief Advisor for the Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association.

Jen holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Management, a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, and Certificate IV in Volunteer Management.

Jen has volunteered as a Devil Pen Keeper with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, as a lighthouse keeper with her family on Deal Island, and as a board or committee member for tourism associations and for her children’s schools.  Jen is also a volunteer casual goat herder – with a small drove on her property in southern Tasmania.

Jen is delighted to be elected to the Board of Wildcare.

Rosemary Gales

Appointed Natural and Cultural Heritage (NCH) Division Representative

Rosemary studied zoology and wildlife conservation and has worked in New Zealand, Canada, Antarctica and Australia – including Macquarie and Heard Island. She has instigated and managed long term programs monitoring the conservation status of penguins, albatrosses, seals, whales and wombats. Rosemary has also been responsible for programs aimed at mitigating fisheries bycatch of seabirds and also convening a global group of specialists assessing the status of albatross species worldwide.

Rosemary currently manages DPIPWE’s Natural Values Science Section of NCH.


Stan Matuszek

Appointed Parks and Wildlife Service  Representative

board_matuszekStan has excess of 30 years’ experience in land and reserve management, having commenced work with the Lands Department in 1980 and later Parks and Wildlife Service following amalgamation in 1987.

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. He has overseen conservation, management and development works in parks and reserves throughout Tasmania. Stan 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.

Joanne Naylor

Elected Board Member

Joanne NaylorFrom an early age Joanne enjoyed experiencing wild rugged places. She has an extensive background in the information technology industry, having graduated in England and subsequently worked in Europe, North America, Australia and South East Asia for major multinational IT companies, and in the airline and electronic payments industries in senior management positions.

She also holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management and Honours in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies.  Her passion for the natural environment, has translated over the years, to be an active volunteer in a wide range of organisations including hands-on roles in land rehabilitation, helping on the Devil Facial Tumour Disease program, oceanographic data gathering with the CSIRO and more recently, with her husband care taker on Schouten Island with Wildcare.

Joanne also worked for the Tasmanian Land Conservancy in fundraising, communications and community engagement roles for nine years, before establishing an eco-tourism sailing business with her husband.

Sally Simco

Elected Board Member

Wildcare headSally 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), working bees with Friends of Freycinet and the Orange-bellied Parrot Program (2014-16).

Closer to home on the north-west coast, Sally is involved with the Ulverstone Coastcare group and the volunteer trackworker program in Cradle Valley. She is an inaugural member of the recently formed Wildcare Cradle Mountain Volunteers and is the current President of that Branch. Sally has been a member of the North West Walking Club for 39 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.

Tracey Tasker

Elected Board Member

Tracey has called Tasmania home for the past 19 years, arriving here on placement as a student Dietitian. Tracey has always been drawn to Tasmania’s wild places and natural landscapes and over time her commitment to preserving and protecting this island has deepened.

During her career, Tracey has worked across many areas of the health and community services sectors including working with volunteers and volunteer-based organisations.

Tracey holds a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Bachelor of Science, Human Movement, Sports Science. Tracey is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program and has completed the Dare to Lead course.

Tracey has an adventurous, tenacious spirit; she embraces opportunities and sets fairly audacious goals. Outside of work you would likely find her trail running, road cycling, gardening and furthering her bee keeping skills.

Tracey brings a diverse mix of skills, knowledge and experience to the Wildcare Board along with some unique networks and is looking forward to supporting the organisation to achieve our objectives.

Wildcare’s CEO

Sharon Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Sharon loves the outdoors and spending time helping nurture the Tasmanian environment. She runs a Landcare group which is very active revegetating a wildlife corridor, tackling weeds and rubbish clean-up in the community, engaging with the Council and local school in a ‘Bandicoot Bunker’ program. She is a member of the Clarence City Council NRM Committee and a former member of the Landcare Tasmania Board. She is a keen bushwalker in Tasmania and New Zealand.

Becoming the CEO of Wildcare brings together Sharon’s natural environment passions and work experience. Sharon has qualifications in economics, financial planning and company directorship and many years’ experience in strategy development, performance measurement and marketing and communications. She is honoured to support the ongoing work of wildcarers and benefactors, working alongside our Government and corporate partners.

Wildcare Grants Assessment Committee

The role of the Wildcare Grants Assessment Committee.

Donations to Wildcare Tasmania are managed in accordance with our status as a Registered Environmental Organisation and Registered Charity.  Grant applications are invited from Wildcare volunteer groups and organisational partners.  Applications are assessed by the Wildcare Grants Assessment Committee, who are a group of highly qualified people passionate about Tasmania’s wild places and wildlife.  This governance process means that donors are able to claim a tax deduction for donations.

The following people are members of Wildcare’s Grants Assessment Committee:

Leslie Frost (Chair)

Leslie began working for the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service in 1984, doing two seasons as a summer ranger at Cradle Mountain, then one year as the WHA Interpretation Officer and then 18 years as a professional Scientific/Planning Officer. She wrote the first statutory management plans for Freycinet National Park, Mt Field National Park, the Peter Murrell Reserve, among others. Leslie has made many trips to Macquarie Island and the Australian Antarctic since 1989.She was also involved in establishing the Tasmanian Trail. After preparing the Macquarie Island WHA/Nature Reserve Management Plan, Leslie joined the Australian Antarctic Division in 2004 as an environmental policy officer before becoming the Environmental Manager for all Australian Antarctic operations until 2014.

Leslie has a Master’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Tasmania and an Honours in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado and undertook the AICD Company Director’s course in 2016. She is currently the President of the Howden Progress Association, Vice President of the Kingston Tennis Club and occasionally volunteers as a guide at the Mawson’s Huts Museum. She has been a wildlife carer for about 30 years and continues a lifelong love of nature conservation through her participation on the Wildcare Grants Assessment Committee for the last three years.

Dr Rosemary Gales

Rosemary currently manages the Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and Environment’s Natural Values Science Section of Natural Cultural Heritage branch.

Rosemary studied zoology and wildlife conservation and has worked in New Zealand, Canada, Antarctica and Australia – including Macquarie and Heard Island. She has instigated and managed long term programs monitoring the conservation status of penguins, albatrosses, seals, whales and wombats. Rosemary has also been responsible for programs aimed at mitigating fisheries bycatch of seabirds and also convening a global group of specialists assessing the status of albatross species worldwide.

Isaac Standaloft

Isaac grew up in rural Tasmania climbing trees and chasing wildlife. From here, his passion for the environment grew and he completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in zoology at the University of Tasmania. Isaac has extensive experience volunteering in a number of roles, including as a keeper at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, on projects with Conservation Volunteers Australia, Tasmanian Land Conservancy and at local cat and dog shelters.

Professionally Isaac has experience in aquaculture with both salmon and oysters, and in the dairy industry where he currently works in quality control at a microbiology laboratory. At present, Isaac is completing a Masters of Environmental Management through the University of Tasmania with his thesis in wildlife ecology.

Isaac is an avid backpacker and often travels with a focus on experiencing unique wilderness locations and spotting exotic wildlife. However, he is always glad to return to his home state of Tasmania where he enjoys bush walking. Isaac looks forward to the opportunity to bring his theoretical expertise in conservation to the Wildcare Grants Assessment Committee and to contribute to the protection of the Tasmanian wilderness.

Ann Hamilton

Ann has been lucky enough to live on Flinders Island, on a hobby farm adjacent to remnant rainforest and to regularly spend time volunteering in the magic of the Simpson Desert. Retirement in March 2019 has meant the chance to spend more time volunteering in conservation and walking in wild places. Her volunteering has included weeding work with Conservation Volunteers and with Wildcare Tasmania on sea spurge and general maintenance in the Freycinet area.  Ann brings to the Wildcare Grants Assessment Committee over 20 years’ experience practising in Tasmania as a commercial property lawyer and a commitment to conservation.

Jacqui Doyle

Jacqui is a keen bushwalker and nature lover, who recently moved back to Tasmania. She works for the Commonwealth Government in Parks Australia where she oversees management of the North Marine Parks Network which comprises eight marine parks, and the Coral Sea Marine Park. Jacqui has a background in marine ecology and environmental law. She spent many years as a child living in New Caledonia, where her interest in the environment began. She brings 20 years’ professional experience working on national environmental policy and program design, review and implementation, particularly in the fields of protected areas, natural resource and water resource management. She is thrilled to be contributing to Wildcare Tasmania as a member of the Wildcare Grants Assessment Committee.

Ciara Turner

Ciara has a passion for the outdoors, growing up on a 5 acre property in rural Sandfly. Her love of the outdoors led her to become a Trek Leader at the Tasmanian Walking Company, as well as completing a 850km walk across the Pyrenees in Europe. She holds science credentials through a Combined Bachelor of Arts and Science where she majored in Zoology. She also holds a Masters in Business Management with Entrepreneurship. Ciara’s work experience has since turned to business analysis in product development and renewable energy. She has been involved in the development and refinement of apps for customers to better manage their energy consumption. She is passionate about using her business and analytical skills to contribute to positive environmental outcomes and is delighted to be involved with the work of the Wildcare Grants Assessment Committee.