Wildcare Inc. was incorporated on 25 August 1998. As with any incorporated organisation, Wildcare Inc. has a constitution and is managed by a Board of Management consisting of a number of Members either elected by the membership or appointed by our partner organisations. The Board oversees Wildcare’s strategic operations, finances, the internal grants program and dispersal of monies from the Wildcare Gift Fund.

Board of Management Membership

The Board of Management 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
  • two appointed representatives of the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Branch Files

The following people are members of the Wildcare Board of Management:


Ian Lundy

Elected Board Member & Chair

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.


Sam Cuff

Appointed Parks and Wildlife Service  Representative

Sam CuffSam is a passionate Tasmanian who spent his childhood camping, bushwalking and enjoying the State’s beautiful and wild places. Nothing has changed – he continues to do this today both in his role with the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and with his young family. He has spent the last 12 years working in the Community Programs Section of Parks, running an array of programs with volunteers, tourists and the wider community. He has also worked as a teacher at Hobart College, trainer in the Tourism Guiding Program at TasTAFE, Project Officer with Sustainable Living Tasmania, Principal Guide with the Tasmanian Walking Company and completed a Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies at UTAS.

Sam is passionate about introducing non-traditional volunteers, including the younger generations, to Wildcare to ensure the organisation remains in the hearts and minds of generations to come. He is looking forward to bringing fresh eyes and creative ideas, and listening and learning from both the Board and the passionate volunteers across Tasmania.


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.


Glen Hayhurst

Elected Board Member

Glen HayhurstProfessionally, Glen has been a teacher, research chemist in the poppy industry, software engineer, production superintendent in the aluminium industry, health and safety systems specialist, training specialist and elearning developer. His leisure pursuits include bushwalking, sea kayaking, mountain biking and snowboarding. He has served as President of the North West Walking Club and the Federation of Tasmanian Bushwalking Clubs (now Bushwalking Tasmania).

Glen is a member of the executive committee of the Wildcare Cradle Mountain Volunteers branch and is also active with the Friends of Maria Island and Friends of the Penguin Cradle Trail. He is the President of the Friends of Cradle Valley, an advocacy group formed to assist with the conservation of the Valley.

He brings to the role of Secretary of the Wildcare Board a passion for the continuous improvement of systems, strong support for equality of opportunities for all Wildcare members and a commitment to the conservation of natural resources and wild places.


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.


Additionally, Wildcare has a CEO:


Sharon Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Sharon Smith, CEOSharon 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.