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.



Jonathan Miller (email:

Jonathan is a campaigner on climate change, sustainable economy, population, nature conservation and social justice. He has also worked as a diplomat, a Commonwealth and ACT public servant, and a Senator’s advisor. He is motivated by a deep love of the Australian bush and a passion for bushwalking.




Jonathan King (email:

Jonathan is a senior multimedia journalist, public speaker and former lecturer with a PhD in political science. He has extensive environmental campaign experience and once organised a 500-strong University of Sydney anti-Coal Seam Gas meeting to bring about a NSW government moratorium on CSG. Jonathan is the author of 30 books.


Daisy Barham (email:

Daisy is the Campaigns Director with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, overseeing campaigns on coal and coal seam gas, native forest logging, marine conservation and native vegetation. She has a strong interest in organisational development, and hopes to help broaden ACF's support base and grow the visibility of the organisation amongst the Australian public.


Tim Chapman (email:

Tim has spent his working life advocating for social justice as part of the union movement, helping to bring union organising and campaign skills to the ‘Say Yes’ campaign for action on climate change and the union coalition that supported putting a price on carbon. He is passionate about sustainable living and is as proud of his worm farm as he is of his professional achievements.




Jimmy Cocking (email:

Jimmy is an environmentalist and community leader based in Alice Springs. He is the Director of the Arid Lands Environment Centre and is passionate about desert Australia. He has a strong connection to his local community and is keen to represent the issues facing northern and central Australia.


David Morris (email:

David is Principal Lawyer at the Environmental Defenders Office NT, a grassroots community legal centre, as well as a sessional lecturer at Charles Darwin University. He has been passionate about the environment since a visit to Mittagundi in Year 9 and enjoys surfing, kayaking, hiking and landscape photography.




David Hood (email:

David is a civil and environmental engineer and a trained climate leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, who is currently serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology. He 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.


Samara Cassar (email:

Samara is a Law and Political Science student at the University of Queensland. She has recruited and coordinated volunteers for GetUp’s Save the Reef campaign in a state election, interned with World Vision, and founded Campus Advocacy for Refugees. She is a skilled public speaker, an active member of her local community and an advocate for social justice.


Gemma Plesman (email:

Gemma Plesman is the Queensland Campaign Manager with The Wilderness Society. Gemma has been working to protect the environment since she founded Girls Against Gas while studying at university to oppose coal seam gas mining in NSW. She has also been closely involved in work to protect the Great Barrier Reef through roles with the Mackay Conservation Group and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.




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 movement and 30 years’ experience with NGO governance. She is also Coordinator of the Friends of the Billabong, restoring the habitat of St Peters Billabong.


Susan Richardson (email:

Sue is a semi-retired economist, currently serving as a Professor at Flinders University and an Expert Panel member of the Fair Work Commission. She has been a member of the National Sustainability Council and the President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. She takes solace in the natural environment and is a keen sailor.


Philippa Rowland (email:

Philippa is an agricultural scientist by training and a passionate environmentalist by nature. Her aim is to improve understanding of the benefits of working with, rather than against nature and to encourage individual, community and political action on climate change. Philippa brings extensive experience in science-policy communication on ecological risk management and community organising on community–led climate solutions. 



Erika Avellaneda (email:

Erika came to Australia to study Zoology in 2005 and has called Tasmania home ever since. She now assists not-for-profits to use technology to facilitate community organising, including website development, campaign planning, database management and activist training. She is an expert on threats to marine life and passionate about habitat destruction and climate change.


Christian Bell (email:

Christian is the former CEO of the Tasmanian Conservation Trust and has been Tasmanian State Campaign Director for the Wilderness Society and Board Member of Greenpeace Australia (NSW). He is a recipient of the UN Association of Australia’s Award for Individual Achievement and the Professor Harry Bloom Award. Christian has particular experience with marine conservation and volunteer programs.  


Margaret Steadman (email:

Margaret was the Executive Officer of Sustainable Living Tasmania for over 13 years, and has been a member of ACF for 25 years. Margaret has a particular interest in the sustainable urban environment. An active member of local environment networks, Margaret assists and supports organisations and individuals to achieve effective action on climate change, sustainability, environment and social justice issues.




Nicola Rivers (email:

Nicola is an environmental lawyer and Director of Advocacy and Research at Environmental Justice Australia. She has completed a fellowship with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and has extensive experience with campaign planning and community empowerment. Nicola also runs The Riparian Project with two friends, a public art initiative that raises awareness about the problem of riparian cattle grazing.


Jim Le Cornu (email:

Jim is a retired chemical engineer with 38 years’ international experience in the oil, gas, coal and renewable energy industries. He has actively participated and in community organisations since he was nine years old, and is a 23 year member of ACF’s Mullum Branch. He has extensive technological expertise and experience collaborating with industry, government and the community.


Ian Penrose (email:

Ian is a recently retired Yarra Riverkeeper, former Commissioner for the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, and former senior executive in the coal mining, natural gas and shipping industries. He is a recipient of the City of Melbourne’s Award for Contribution to the Environment and Environment Victoria's Volunteer Conservation Award. Ian is passionate about sustainability and living in harmony with nature.




Anne Poelina (email:

Anne is a traditional custodian from the Fitzroy River known as the Mardoowarra, in the Kimberley region of WA, and a social and biophysical scientist. The inaugural Chair of the First Peoples’ Water Engagement Council, Anne is also a past-Deputy Shire President of the Broome Shire Council. She brings over 30 years’ experience in Indigenous health, education, language and community development.


Cameron Power (email:

An engineer and renewable energy specialist, Cameron believes that transitioning to a low carbon economy will benefit Australian business, reduce the destruction of our environment and leave a legacy our children’s children will be proud to inherit. He believes passionately in Western Australia’s potential for renewable energy and has studied, volunteered and worked within the sector for nearly a decade.


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. Piers is committed to community-based advocacy and change through democratic participation.