Who We Are
The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) is a statutory not-for-profit body established under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act) on the 25th August 2017, to work with people to help support the protection of biodiversity on privately owned lands across NSW.
We manage a state-wide private land conservation program focussing on supporting landholders who commit to protect and manage areas of high environmental value on their properties under voluntary agreements.
We also play a key role in the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme when developers choose to meet their biodiversity offset obligations by paying into the Biodiversity Conservation Fund.
The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust is a new organisation currently in its establishment phase over the next six months. The Trust will initially continue the private land conservation functions of the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Nature Conservation Trust. Over the next six months the Trust will become established and its Board will set out its approach and strategy for the Trust.
In addition to the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) is one of four trust entities that sit within the portfolio responsibilities of the Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage. The three other trust entities include Taronga Zoo (including the Western Plains Zoo), Western Sydney and Parramatta Park and Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands. The BCT’s Board reports to the Minister. The BCT also forms part of the NSW Government’s broader planning and environment cluster.
Board and Executive
The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) has a Board which manages the affairs of the Trust. The Board members are appointed by the Minister for the Environment. Schedule 8 of the BC Act states the criteria under which the members are appointed to the Board. The Board reports to the Minister for the Environment.
The leadership and structure of the organisation is shown below.
The Board members of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust are listed below. More information will be available soon.
The Hon. Robert Hill AC
Ms Virginia Malley
Ms Renata Brooks
Mr Duncan McGregor
The Hon. Gary Nairn AO
Mr Russell Taylor AM
Executive Director - Paul Elton
In July 2017, Paul Elton was appointed Executive Director of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust.
Paul commenced his career in the private sector and has since had 24 years’ experience working in portfolio and central agency roles with the NSW and Commonwealth governments. In the mid-2000s, Paul was Executive Director, Natural Resources and Economic Development Policy with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. He then spent four years working with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet supporting the COAG Reform Council.
In NSW, Paul has worked across numerous sectors. Throughout his career, Paul has had a significant focus on environmental protection and biodiversity conservation, including climate change policy, and the intersection of environmental policy with policy and programs in areas such as energy, resources, forestry, water management, infrastructure, land use planning and development assessment.
From 2012 to 2017, Paul was Executive Director Policy with the Office of Environment and Heritage. As part of this role, Paul led the development of the land management and biodiversity conservation reforms across government. He was instrumental in designing the role of the Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT), the private land conservation program (PLC) and the biodiversity offsets scheme (BOS).