Wildcare Grants Assessment Committee
The role of the Wildcare Nature Conservation 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 Nature Conservation Committee, who are a group of highly qualified people who are 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 the Wildcare 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 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 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 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 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 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.