Wildcare Inc. was incorporated on 25 August 1998. As with any incorporated organisation, Wildcare Inc. has a constitution (Wildcare Rules) and is managed by a Board of Management consisting of a number of Directors either elected by the membership or nominated 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 16 Directors. These are:

  • an Appointed Co-Chair: This position is held by the Manager of Community Programs in the Parks and Wildlife Service. Along with the Elected Co-Chair, the Appointed Co-Chair has overall responsibility for the running of Wildcare. The Appointed Co-Chair chairs the Annual General Meeting. Email: acochair@wildcaretas.org.au
  • an Elected Co-Chair: This position is elected by the Wildcare membership at the AGM and along with the Appointed Co-Chair has overall responsibility for the running of Wildcare. The Elected Co-Chair chairs Board meetings and Special General Meetings. Email: ecochair@wildcaretas.org.au
  • a Secretary: This position is elected by the membership of Wildcare Inc. at the AGM. All members are eligible to nominate for the position. Email: secretary@wildcaretas.org.au
  • a Treasurer: This position is elected by the membership of Wildcare Inc. at the AGM. All members are eligible to nominate for the position.
  • three Presidents: These positions are elected by the membership of Wildcare Inc. at the AGM. Members holding the position of Branch President are eligible to nominate for these positions.
  • three General Members: These positions are elected by the membership of Wildcare Inc. at the AGM. All members are eligible to nominate for these positions.
  • three Expert-based Positions: These positions are appointed by the Board. Expert Directors have specific skills in law, financial management for Not-for-Profit organisations and marketing.
  • three Partner Organisation Nominees: These positions are nominated by the General Managers or delegates from the three partner agencies of Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmanian Heritage Office and Natural Values Conservation.


Branch Files

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

Andrew Smith

Appointed Co-Chair

Andrew SmithAndrew is the founder of Wildcare Inc and is currently the Appointed Co-Chair. He has been either Chairperson or Co-Chair since creating Wildcare Inc in 1997.

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 five 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.

Peter Williams

Elected Co-Chair

Peter is a graduate in Agriculture from UTAS and brings experience from a wide range of roles in the area of natural resource management. These included responsibilities for Landcare, water management and as General Manager of Parks and Wildlife. For five years Peter has been Secretary of the Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station and appreciates the important role Wildcare plays in helping groups on the ground.

As Elected Co-Chair, Peter is committed to serving the 6,500 members of Wildcare and ensuring that their membership contributions and volunteer time is effective in addressing environmental issues across the state.

Glen Hayhurst


Professionally, 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 currently the Secretary of the recently formed Wildcare Cradle Mountain Volunteers branch and is also active with the Friends of Maria Island and Friends of the Penguin Cradle Trail.

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.



John Duggin

Board MemberJohn Duggin

After retiring from a 30 year academic career in natural resources management and environmental science at the University of New England in Armidale NSW, John moved to the Tamar Valley in Tasmania.

Among other teaching and research activities, he developed long-standing interests in terrestrial ecosystem restoration and management and wetland ecology and management. He commenced volunteering for the Tamar Island Wetlands in November 2006 and was elected President in March 2008. He joined the Wildcare Board in April 2008 as a Presidents’ representative.

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. He also is keen to participate in developing efficient and effective Board governance.

Rosemary Gales

Board Memberboard_gales

Rosemary is the Natural and Cultural Heritage (NCH) Division representative on the Wildcare Board. She studied zoology and wildlife conservation at universities in Western Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania, followed by post-doctoral studies on seals in Newfoundland and albatrosses 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 NCH.

Dave Harris

Board Member

Dave Harris on Cradle HillDave 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 Island, Woodvine, and SPRATS branches.

In addition, they have participated in events on Deal, Maatsuyker and Bruny Islands, as well as Lake St Clair and Cockle Creek – Hastings. The Orange-bellied Parrot recovery program also has attracted their support.

In his other working life Dave was a Commonwealth Public Servant working mainly in the education sector. He is a very active bushwalker, enjoys an extensive native garden and loves classical music and reading.

Stan Matuszek

Board Member

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.

Kate Mooney

Board Member

Kate graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours. She has been employed by a number of law firms, as well as past roles with the Department of Health and Human Services and Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania. After seven years as a Barrister with Burbury Chambers, Kate established her own legal practice. She joined the Board of Management of Wildcare in 2016 as a legal adviser (appointed).

Sally Salier

Board MemberSally Salier

Sally was employed as a library technician for many years before becoming a counselor and therapist. During that time she was the Australian coordinator for an international theparists’ organisation, as well as holding national and State level positions in healthcare and sporting committees.

In later life she became a weed officer, which lead to volunteering for Wildcare for the last 10 years, including the role of Secretary with Friends of Freycinet. She also has been active in many other Wildcare branches 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. Sally has been instrumental in developing Wildcare’s new website. She keeps fit bushwalking and orienteering.

Erika ShankleyErika Shankley Wildcare BOM 2

Board Member

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 handcraft 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 and 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. She 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 Wildcare branches and maintains an interest in the Friends of Maatsuyker Island, 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. 

Sally Simco

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. Sally has been a member of the North West Walking Club for 37 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.

Bob Tyson

Board Member

board_tysonBob grew up in Launceston before moving to Hobart to complete 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 branches, 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 eight years.