NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust welcomes four new Board members

The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust has welcomed four new Board members to support private land conservation and drive important biodiversity goals for the state.

NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) Board Chair Hon. Niall Blair said the appointments reflected the BCT’s ambitions to expand private land conservation through industry leading best-practice, innovation and partnerships.

“With the appointment of these new Board members, we bring the experience and networks to meet our private land conservation targets, and to ultimately deliver a healthier environment for us all,” Mr Blair said.

NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust Board appointments:

  • Christine Covington has practiced environmental law for 37 years and was formerly the Independent Chair of the Assessment Review Committee – Native Vegetation. Ms Covington was also a member of the board of the Environment Protection Authority for 7 years. Ms Covington joins the Board as Deputy Chair.
  • Tim King CFA is currently CIO of Melior Investment Management and has an extensive executive career in investing and ESG. He is currently a Senior Adviser of the Gold Standard Foundation board and the investment committee of the Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation.
  • John Maher has an extensive executive and board career in agriculture and primary industries. He is currently the Chair of White Prince Pty Ltd and AWN Food & Fibre Holdings. He is a Director on the Boards of goFARM Australia Pty Ltd and the Muir Group Pty Ltd. He is also a senior advisor to BGH Capital and Precision Pastures Pty Ltd, and was formerly CEO of the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation.
  • Dr Jane Weatherley has worked across a number of organisations in the agricultural sector, and in her current role as a CEO she manages the national traceability database for biosecurity and food safety purposes for Integrity Systems.

Mr Blair thanked outgoing inaugural Deputy Chair Virginia Malley and foundation Board member Duncan McGregor for their service over the past five years.

“They have contributed enormously to the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust,” Mr Blair said, “Their stewardship has supported us in delivering and supporting the more than 2,000 conservation agreements we manage.”