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Mara Bún (email: [email protected])
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: [email protected])
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.
Miles George (email: [email protected])
As former Managing Director of Infigen Energy Limited, and previous Chair of the Clean Energy Council, Miles has been a strong advocate for renewable energy for 20 years. This has been underscored by his earlier, extensive career in investment banking, specialising in infrastructure, project finance and investment. Miles served as Interim CEO of CleanCo Queensland Limited in 2019 and served on the Advisory Board of CGN Capital Partners Infrastructure Fund III, a renewable energy fund based in China. Miles is also a former Expert Panel member of the AEMO, and former Generator Representative on the AEMC Reliability Panel. Miles is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jon Anstey (email: [email protected])
Jon has 25 years experience as a lawyer, leader and executive in 20+ countries, including the United Nations in Europe and Asia. He has built and led teams in law, strategy, policy, regulation and innovation, with a focus on energy and climate. Currently, Jon is Senior Legal Counsel at the Australian Energy Market Operator, as well as advising private energy clients. Previously, in 2010-2019, Jon worked on national, state and regional water and energy issues as Executive General Manager and Legal Counsel 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. 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, and a 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: [email protected])
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: [email protected])
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 has Indigenous/First Nations ancestry with a connection to Biripi Country (Manning River), as well as 'First Fleet' ancestry. 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. Donna is Senior Tax Advocate with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), and has worked in Tax technical, advisory and law reform roles in both Australia and New Zealand for more than 20 years.
Ros Harvey (email: [email protected])
An entrepreneur and experienced global executive in the field of technology, particularly the data analytics and 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 and the World Bank Group in Geneva in many countries around the world. Ros is co-founder and Non-Executive Director of Food Agility CRC and a co-founder and strategy advisor to the Knowledge Economy Institute. Ros is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ash Peplow Ball (email: [email protected])
Ash has a background in community development, policy development and community organising, having worked with not for profit organisations and government in Australia and internationally. Currently, Ash is a manager at Women Transforming Cities. Ash is a co-founder and director of Shift Australia, an organisation that works to empower people to become active and engaged citizens. Ash is a Non-Executive Director of Robogals, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Pathway to Politics for Women. Ash has represented Victoria on ACF Council since 2018.
Garry Gale (email: [email protected])
Former Head of Agribusiness Development & Asia Desk at the National Australia Bank, now retired, 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 Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship at RMIT University.
Sarah Reid (email: [email protected])
Sarah coordinates the Canberra ACF Community Group, having started it two years ago. She has first-hand knowledge of how ACF’s community organising strategy is implemented and believes there is great value and strength in engaging people at the community level. Sarah has been the ACT’s representative on ACF Council since 2018, and is the Vice President of the Board of the ACT Conservation Council. She has over 20 years’ experience in the public service sector in Australia and is qualified to practice law in Australia and the US. Sarah combines legal expertise with strong strategic relationship management and communication skills. Sarah is excited by the potential of ACF’s Community work to reach and engage people who want to contribute their voices but haven’t known how. She seeks to help amplify these voices in her role with the ACF Board. Sarah is passionate about achieving the climate goals that will provide a better future for our children.