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 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 an officer of the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), appointed by the General Manager PWS. 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 (AGM). 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, Heritage Tasmania & Natural and Cultural Heritage Division.

 

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


Sam Cuff

Appointed Co-Chair

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.


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

Secretary

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 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 Vice President of the Friends of Cradle Valley, am 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.


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Treasurer


Rosemary Gales

Board Member

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.


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).


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 and is the current President of that Branch. Sally has been a member of the North West Walking Club for 38 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.


Adrian Sullivan

Board Member

Adrian is a keen bushwalker having walked in most of our beautiful National Parks as well as a mountain biker and kayaker. He is married with three children and four grandchildren. He gained a degree in Science with a Masters degree in Education followed by a career in teaching Environmental Science, Mathematics and Outdoor Education to mainly Year 11 and 12 students.

While teaching, Adrian ran a small midlands farm and was Secretary for the Oatlands branch of the National Trust. He became the Diocesan Director in Tasmania for Caritas Australia, fundraising for worthy overseas projects and visited some of them in Tanzanian and Bangladesh. Later he set up a local fundraising group, Tasmanians for Tanzanians. He also established the first Vocational Education and Training Course for Catholic Colleges and was a Schools Board representative. During that time he also built several houses.

Adrian has been a Member of the Hobart City Council Bushland Strategy Development Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Tasmanian Global Learning Centre and Chairman of the Lenah Valley Scouts. He was also the Bicycle Tasmania Representative on the Bicycle Federation of Australia.

Adrian now lives much of the year at his Coles Bay residence where he has become Treasurer/Secretary of the Coles Bay Mens Shed. He is an active member of Wildcare with Friends of Freycinet, participating in many events, is Branch Secretary and shares his home as a base for those involved in the working bees.


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 nine years.