Who we are
The Biodiversity Conservation Trust acknowledges that it operates on Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and we show our respect for elders past, present and emerging through thoughtful and collaborative approaches to our work, seeking to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing places in which Aboriginal people are included socially, culturally and economically.
The Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) is a statutory not-for-profit body established under Part 10 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, and commenced operating on 25 August 2017.
The BCT is within the portfolio of the NSW Minister for Energy and Environment.
Board and Executive
The BCT has a Board which manages its affairs. The Board members are appointed by the Minister for the Environment.
The BCT is led by a Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive is supported by a Director, Regional Delivery and a Director, Programs and other senior staff.
The leadership and structure of the organisation is:
The Board members of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust are:
Hon. Robert Hill AC
25 August 2017 – current
Robert Hill served as a Senator for South Australia from 1981-2006. He was Leader of the Government in the Senate, Minister for the Environment and later Minister for Defence. After leaving Parliament Mr Hill served as Australia’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. Back in Australia he was appointed Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, directed a sustainability program at the University of Sydney and was the first Chair of The Australian Carbon Trust. He chairs the Cooperative Research Centre on Low Carbon Living at UNSW, is on the Asia Pacific Board of TNC and a Governor of WWF Australia. Mr Hill is a Barrister and Solicitor.
25 August 2017 – current
Virginia Malley has 30 years' experience in the financial services and banking sectors, including 16 years as a company director. Her areas of expertise are environmental and financial markets, stewardship, risk management, corporate governance and regulatory compliance.
Ms Malley was previously the Chief Risk Officer at Macquarie Funds Management Group overseeing the risk management of portfolios worth more than $85 billion that invested in clean technologies, publicly traded debt securities, listed equities, derivatives, currencies and private equity.
Ms Malley is a member of the Clean Energy Regulator, a non-executive director of Perpetual Superannuation Limited, Perpetual Equity Investment Co Ltd, Morphic Ethical Equities Fund Ltd and the Future Energy Fund Ltd and was previously a member of the Board of the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW.
She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Technology Sydney, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law and Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.
25 August 2017 - 31 December 2020
Renata Brooks is currently deputy chair of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, an Australian Fisheries Management Authority Commissioner and a member of the NSW Joint Regional Planning Panel for the Southern region. She also undertakes policy and program reviews through her consulting business, StratagemDS.
As an Executive Director and Deputy Director General in the NSW Department of Primary Industries, her responsibilities included land and natural resource management, agriculture and science and research programs. Ms Brooks has a deep appreciation of the importance of working closely with landholders and a strong evidence base to achieve successful governance and biodiversity outcomes.
She holds an honours degree in veterinary science, a graduate certificate in bioethics and is a graduate and fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
25 August 2017 – current
Duncan McGregor has 30 years' experience as a specialist environmental and planning lawyer. He was a partner of a major Australian law firm for 17 years, and continues as a Legal Consultant.
Mr McGregor has significant experience across a broad range of eanvironmental and planning issues including the identification of planning and environmental approvals pathways for various types of development and infrastructure, working with technical experts in assessing major development impacts, advising on environmental regulatory regimes including threatened species protection, environmental licensing, remediation and redevelopment of contaminated sites, infrastructure development and environmental incident management.
Duncan was the inaugural chair of the Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee, part of the Carbon Farming Initiative, and has advised widely on a broad range of climate change and renewable energy issues.
Russell Taylor AM
25 August 2017 – current
Russell Taylor is a highly respected senior Indigenous Australian with extensive experience in corporate governance and a long history of advocacy with particular passion for education and social welfare.
Mr Taylor is a member of several boards including the University of Technology Sydney, The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, Wentwest Limited and the Indigenous advisory firm, Moreton Consulting. Russell has a wealth of senior executive managerial experience and is a former CEO of the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
In 2015 Mr Taylor was made a member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours for 'significant service to the community as a cultural leader and publicly senior executive in the field of Indigenous affairs' and in 2016 was awarded the inaugural UTS Indigenous Australian Alumni Award for Excellence.
Chief Executive Officer
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, the private land conservation program and the biodiversity offsets scheme.
Carolyn has 25 years’ experience in state and federal governments and tertiary institutions working in the fields of water management, water and energy savings and environmental programs.
Her most recent roles are Director of OEH’s Environmental Programs Branch from 2013 to 2016, and during 2017 leading the OEH’s Private Land Conservation Branch, including responsibility for preparing for the establishment of the BCT.
Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Natural Resources, Masters of Economics, Masters of Training and Development, and a Doctorate in Water Management.
Carolyn was appointed Director Programs of the BCT in September 2017.
Director Regional Delivery
Alan’s career spans 30 years and includes extensive experience in land and conservation management.
Alan has had an extended career with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), including as Regional Director and as Chief Fire Officer.
Before joining DELWP in 2003, Alan commenced his career with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, followed by several years with Forestry Tasmania.
Alan was appointed Director Regional Delivery of the BCT in November 2017.