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Mara Bún (email:
Appointed 18 December 2017

Businesswoman, executive and activist, Mara Bún, is ACF’s first female President.

Mara's impressive career includes positions at CSIRO, Macquarie Bank, Canstar, CHOICE, The Allen Consulting Group, Greenpeace, Morgan Stanley, overseas development (Nepal), and most recently at Green Cross Australia. As Chair of the Board of Gold Coast Waterways Authority and a non-executive director on the Boards of Australian Ethical Investment Ltd and Enova Community Energy, Mara has extensive expertise in finance, technology, climate resilience, public policy and community sectors. She combines a passion for protecting our wildlife and beautiful places, with an innovative and strongly collaborative approach and an enormous respect for community and people power.

In her private life, Mara was born in Brazil, schooled in the USA and now is a Queenslander, living in the hinterlands above the Gold Coast. See Mara's story.


Nadia McLaren (email:
Nadia is a human ecologist and social change agent currently serving as the President of the Conservation Council of South Australia. She has an extensive history of work in the environment and sustainability arena and 30 years' experience with NGO management, with expertise in governance, strategic thinking, negotiation and communication. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopaedia of World Problems and Human Potential, as well as Coordinator of the Friends of the Billabong, restoring the habitat of St Peters Billabong. Nadia has represented South Australia on ACF Council since 2009.


Piers Verstegen (email:
Piers is the Executive Director of the Conservation Council of WA. He has been named as one of WA's 100 most influential people by the Western Australian newspaper for his environmental advocacy and community leadership. He has been a senior policy advisor and has diverse experience in environmental science, law, politics and economics, and currently serves on the advisory board of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute and NaturePlay WA. Piers has represented Western Australia on ACF Council since 2008 and on the Board since 2012.


Mary Latham (email:
Mary Latham is the Treasurer of ACF and chair of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee. She is charged with specific focus on the finance, audit and risk matters of the organisation. Mary is a chartered accountant, company director and consultant. She has worked in the financial services industry for 15 years, in Australia and England, and in the Australian not-for-profit sector since 2005. She has worked at senior executive level as both a CFO and a Company Secretary with responsibility for finance, risk management, corporate governance, compliance, human resources and membership services. Mary works on a voluntary basis for organisations in the human rights sector and is also a director of ChildFund Australia, the Australian Psychological Society and International Detention Coalition. She is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Jon Anstey (email:
Hon Sec

Jon has 15+ years of executive and professional experience in strategy, law and management.  Since 2010, Jon has worked on national, state and regional water and energy issues, as Executive General Manager at Coliban Water Corporation in Victoria.  In 2010, he facilitated the Fellowship Program for the Centre for Sustainability Leadership in Melbourne.  From 2000, Jon worked with the United Nations in Geneva on natural resource aspects of conflict, disaster and development, then with Shell and NGOs in The Hague on global sustainability partnerships. He represented these organisations to ministerial and senior executive level, contributing to interdisciplinary projects in 20+ countries. From 1995, Jon advised on energy, resource and banking/finance matters, as a solicitor at Clayton Utz. Jon holds a Masters of Law from Melbourne University, as well as Masters of Social Sciences in International Relations from Seoul National University. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Erika Avellaneda (email:
Board Member
Erika came to Australia to study Zoology in 2005 and has called Tasmania home ever since. She learned about the power of community organising from the campaign to elect Obama in 2008 and now applies those skills to the environmental movement. She works in the space where community and technology meet to make change possible, assisting not-for-profits to use technology to facilitate community organising, including website development, campaign planning, database management and activist training. Erika is an expert on threats to marine life and passionate about habitat destruction and climate change. She has represented Tasmania on ACF Council since 2009.


Jimmy Cocking (email:
Board Member
Jimmy is an environmentalist and community leader based in Alice Springs. He is the CEO of the Arid Lands Environment Centre as well as being a Director of Desert Knowledge Australia, a founding co-Director of Wide Open Space Festival and an Alice Springs Town Councillor. He has a strong connection to his local community and is keen to represent the issues facing northern and central Australia. Jimmy has represented the Northern Territory on the ACF Council since 2012 and is a member of the Board’s Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.


David Morris (email:
Board Member
David is Chief Executive Officer – Solicitor at EDO NSW. Previously Principal Lawyer and Executive Officer of EDONT, David has a litigation background, practising public interest environmental law with particular focus on legal issues related to mining, gas, water and cultural heritage. Prior to EDONT, David worked in Maddocks Planning and Environment Team and was a prosecutor with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. David has also played a leadership role in policy and law reform advocacy and taught various environment and planning law subjects at Charles Darwin University. In 2015, David, was awarded the Mahla Pearlman AO, Young Australian Environmental Lawyer of the Year Award by the Law Council of Australia.


Anne Poelina (email:
Board Member
Anne is a Nyikina Warrwa Traditional Custodian from the Mardoowarra, Lower Fitzroy River. A social and biophysical scientist, Anne has over 30 years’ experience in Indigenous health, education, language and community development, and a deep understanding of issues impacting on Indigenous Australians living in remote locations. Anne is a signatory to the 2010 Redstone Statement on Indigenous Environmental Philosophy and was inaugural Chair of the First Peoples’ Water Engagement Council. A Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust (Water Leadership) a Director and Deputy Chair of the Walalakoo Prescribed Body Corporate and the Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council, Anne has represented Western Australia on Council since 2015.


Tim Chapman (email:
Board Member
Tim joined the Board in July 2017. He is an activist, academic and researcher. After a decade leading campaigns for a better life for working people, Tim founded a communications research consultancy in 2014 and began teaching at university. Tim is a passionate advocate for people to live in harmony with nature and each other. He has represented New South Wales on Council since 2015.