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Mara Bún (email: Mara.Bun@acf.org.au)
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.
Tim Chapman (email: Tim.Chapman@acf.org.au)
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.
Jimmy Cocking (email: Jimmy.Cocking@acf.org.au)
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.
Miles George (email: Miles.George@acf.org.au)
As recently retired Managing Director, and then Advisor to Infigen Energy, and previous Chair of the Clean Energy Council, Miles has been a strong advocate for renewable energy for nearly 20 years. This has been underscored by his earlier, extensive career in investment banking, specialising in infrastructure, project finance and investment. Miles is an Expert Panel member of the AEMO, an Advisory Board member of CGN Capital Partners Infrastructure Fund III, a Generator representative on the AEMC Reliability Panel and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Miles is Chair of the Board’s Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Jon Anstey (email: Jon.Anstey@acf.org.au)
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: Erika.AvellanedaCelis@acf.org.au)
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 and is a member of the Board’s Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Donna Bagnall (email: Donna.Bagnall@acf.org.au)
Donna is a lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW, a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and holds a Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy. Donna is actively involved in environmental protection, advocating for healthy tax, legal and economic systems to deliver sustainable outcomes. Donna is an Indigenous Australian, with an ancestral connection to Biripi Country (Manning River). Since 2015, she has co-researched closely with Dr Anne Poelina in protecting the priceless National Heritage ‘Mardoowarra’ in the Kimberley, and is passionate about advancing indigenous engagement. Donna has represented New South Wales on ACF Council since 2018 and is a member of the Board’s Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Ros Harvey (email: Ros.Harvey@acf.org.au)
An Entrepreneur and experienced global executive in the field of technology, particularly the Internet of Things (IoT), Ros is founder, Managing Director and CEO of The Yield, a cutting-edge agricultural technology company. Her background as an economist has seen her work previously for the UN, the World Bank Group, and Better Work in Geneva. Ros is co-founder and Non-Executive Director of Food Agility CRC, an Adjunct Professor engaged in QUT’s Institute of Future Environments’ research program, and a co-founder and strategy advisor to the Knowledge Economy Institute. Ros is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David Hood (email: David.Hood@acf.org.au)
David is a civil and environmental engineer and a trained climate leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, and also teaches Sustainability in the Master of Engineering Management programs at Southern Cross University. David’s Board level experience includes a number of professional and industry associations. He is founder and chair of the Long Future Foundation and has held chair roles on both public and private company boards. David is a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to engineering through industry associations, and for lifting public awareness of sustainability. David has represented Queensland on ACF Council since 2015.
Ash Peplow Ball (email: Ash.PeplowBall@acf.org.au)
Ash has a strong community development background, having worked with not for profit organisations in Australia and internationally. Currently, Ash is a senior policy adviser at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, focused on community development and engagement. Within her community, Ash works to empower young people to become active and engaged citizens. Ash is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of the Victorian Red Cross and Robogals, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ash has represented Victoria on ACF Council since 2018.
Garry Gale (email: Garry.Gale@acf.org.au)
Recently retired as Head of Agribusiness Development and Asia Desk at the National Australia Bank, Garry’s 40-year career with the NAB also included roles as a business capability coach and regional business executive. Garry’s expertise encompasses banking, finance and agriculture. He is considered a global leader on the protection and regeneration of nature through agricultural lending. Currently, Garry is Head of Partner Experience with the Food Agility CRC, a strategic advisor with Digital Agriculture Services and an Adjunct Professor of Innovation at RMIT University.