About the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife
We are…

The Charity Partner of Australia’s national parks and wildlife…

a non-government organisation with a mission to safeguard our wilderness and wildlife for future generations.

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Why

FNPW exists

Discover why Australia’s Conservation is crucial.

Our

Impact

View FNPW's projects for Australian conservation.

Get to know our people

FNPW is a team passionate about safeguarding Australia’s wilderness and wildlife for future generations.

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Our staff

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Chief Executive Officer

Ian Darbyshire

Ian Darbyshire was appointed CEO of FNPW in 2016. He is responsible for the implementation of the organisation’s short and long term strategic plans, as well as its day to day operations.

Prior to joining FNPW, Ian held CEO roles with Rundle Mall Management Authority, South Australian Tourism, and Toop and Toop.

Fundraising & Marketing Manager

Jenny Lewis

B English and Film & Media Studies. Jenny Lewis joined FNPW in May 2018. Prior to working with FNPW, Jenny had roles in fundraising and events with Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW and the Leukaemia Foundation.

Her NFP career began when she moved to Australia after working in the television industry for eight years.

“I am so excited to be working for the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife as I love working in not for profit, and I have always loved the outdoors. In the time I’ve lived in Australia, I have enjoyed some of the most beautiful natural landscape I have ever seen and I am passionate about protecting it for future generations.”

Projects & Education Manager

Kylie Piper

B Science (UNSW), Grad Cert Interactive Multimedia (UTS), currently completing MSc by research (University of Adelaide)
Kylie joined FNPW as Projects and Education Co-ordinator in October 2018.

She has extensive experience in project and business development in the not for profit sector working mostly in the science and natural history fields in Sydney and across remote and regional Australia. Kylie’s work has included helping build the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum in outback QLD, hugging wombats for Australian Geographic and chasing bettongs at Arid Recovery in central SA.

Funding Development Manager

Victoria Milner

Victoria joined FNPW as Funding Development Manager in August 2019. Victoria has a background in not-for-profit, government and media in a range of roles including project management, fundraising and content development.

After many years working overseas Victoria is excited to be home and enjoying the best of Australia’s outdoors.

Administration Manager

Suzana Majstorovic

Suzana joined the FNPW in November 2019. Suzana has a background in construction, business services and not-for-profit in a range of roles including finance and administration, governance, compliance and process.

Suzana is an active member of the Australian Croatian community and is a Director of the Australian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce for NSW and Chairs the Iris Croatica Foundation.

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Finance Manager

Grace Pettett

Grace joined FNPW as Finance Manager in Nov 2019. She has extensive experience as a finance manager across the not-for-profit and profit industry.

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Wildlife Heroes Project Manager

Samantha McCann

B Science Hons I (USYD), Ph.D. (USYD)

Sam joined FNPW as the Project Manager of Wildlife Heroes in December 2020. She has a background in ecological research, completing her Ph.D. on Cane toad ecology and management in 2018.

This involved extensive field work both across Australia and overseas, and resulted in seven publications in internationally renowned scientific journals. Sam has also worked as an education officer at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, and in the ecological consulting industry. Sam has managed ecology projects ranging from state-significant infrastructure developments to small conservation plans. Sam’s main passions include environmental education, and frogs!

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Bushfire Recovery Project Manager

Trudiann Dale

Bachelor Science (Melb) Master International & Community Development (Deakin) Post Grad Cert Ecological Survey Techniques (Oxford)
Trudi joined the FNPW team in October 2020 as the Bushfire Recovery Project Manager based in Victoria.

She has spent many years working internationally with Indigenous communities and governments in natural resource management and conservation planning. Trudi’s main role has been to support communities to secure protected areas, and species conservation on their traditional lands. Born in Gippsland, Trudi is happy to be home and enjoying restoring the habitats on her property.

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Wildlife Heroes Grants Manager

Clementine Liebenberg

Before joining FNPW as Grants Manager for the Wildlife Heroes Project in March 2020 Clementine spent that last 10 years working for the Zoological Society of London in a variety of roles.

These roles include PA to the Zoological Director, Administrator for the Veterinary, Education and Animals teams as well as assistance in helping on projects and events across the Zoo. The best part of her career has been the opportunity to come to work every day alongside a multitude of people who are passionate about conservation and wildlife.

Partnerships Manager (SA)

Emily Brown

Bachelor of International Tourism (Flinders University)
Emily joined FNPW in January 2018 as our Partnerships Manager based in South Australia. Emily has experience in tourism development, marketing and events management.

Having grown up on the Murray River, Emily has a passion for the river and cares for two Short Neck Murray River Turtles. Since joining FNPW Emily has been working closely with our partners in SA to develop projects to help threatened species, two of which are the Southern Brown Bandicoot and Murray River Turtles. Prior to joining FNPW Emily has held roles with Riverglen Marina Houseboat Hire, the Murraylands Tourism Partnership and more uniquely with the family business as a ferry operator.

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Projects Accountant

Christopher Doherty

Chris joined FNPW as Projects Accountant in February 2021. Chris has spent the last 11 years working in the Construction Industry in a financial role, where he has worked on many projects, including the Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat project.

After many year working in Construction, Chris is excited to be now part of an organisation that is giving back to the communities. Fun fact, Chris’s first ever job was working for Dublin Zoo in Ireland.

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Public Relations

Alana Sudale

Alana manages the public relations activity for the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, building its national profile through media coverage and partnerships.

Alana has over 15 years’ experience in PR and marketing, working with charities, and is passionate about Australian wildlife and the environment.

Founder & Patron

Founder

The late Hon. Tom Lewis AO

Thomas (Tom) Lancelot Lewis AO was a New South Wales politician, Premier of New South Wales and Minister of the Crown in the cabinets of Sir Robert Askin and Sir Eric Willis.

As lands minister, Tom Lewis was responsible for setting up the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in 1967. He established the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife in 1970 as the fundraising arm of the NPWS. Today, the Foundation is an a-political, independent conservation organisation that operates Australia-wide.

Patron

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)

His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley AC DSC (Retd) was sworn in as the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 July 2019. Prior to being sworn in as Governor-General, David Hurley served as the 38th Governor of New South Wales from October 2014 – May 2019.

David Hurley joined the Australian Army in January 1972, graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. In a long and distinguished 42-year military career, his service culminated with his appointment as Chief of the Defence Force.

Board of Directors

A voluntary, unremunerated President, Treasurer and Secretary, and Board of Directors is elected annually to oversee the activities of FNPW.

President

Patrick Medley

Elected President in 2018 | Appointed Director 2015
Finance & Risk Committee member
Fundraising & Marketing Chair
Nominations Committee member

Patrick Medley has had over 30 years’ experience as a management consultant, working for Coopers & Lybrand, PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM in London, Singapore and Sydney, specialising in strategy and marketing consulting to the consumer facing industries. He joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1989 and in 1990, established one of the first professional environmental management consulting services, in London and subsequently Sydney. He also worked with a number of NFPs in the environmental sector, and was a Trustee of WWF Australia. He is currently a Professor of Practice at the University of Sydney Business School, an Adjunct at the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales, and is the Managing Partner of Kedleton & Co. He has a B.Sc. and B.Com double honours degree from Birmingham University, UK, an MBA from Sydney University, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Treasurer

Helen Schuler

Appointed Director 2020
Finance & Risk Committee Chair
Treasurer appointed 2021

Helen is an environmental and social risk professional, with a strong commercial mindset. While this FNPW Director role is conducted in Helen’s personal capacity, her professional role is as an Environmental and Social Risk Director at Macquarie Group. Prior to joining Macquarie Group, Helen worked in Risk Consulting at PwC Australia and also PwC Switzerland, conducting risk and sustainability consulting and assurance.

Helen is a Chartered Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Arts and Science in Sustainable Development.

Director

David Pumphrey

Appointed Director 2012
Projects Committe Chair
Fundraising & Marketing Committee member

David Pumphrey attended St. Andrews University, Scotland where he gained an MA in Economics and Political Science.He undertook his MBA degrees at Cranfield School of Management in England and the Harvard Business School, USA. He joined McKinsey & Co Inc as a Consultant in the London office and worked on assignments in the UK, Holland and Ireland. He moved into line management in the early 1970’s and was Managing Director of a number of consumer durables and manufacturing companies in the UK. He and his family migrated to Australia in 1981 and he became General Manager of a hotel and motel group and then Managing Director of an American owned toys and games company, Milton Bradley. He joined the international search firm, Spencer Stuart, as an Associate Consultant in the Sydney Office in March 1984. In November 1988 he was elected a Partner and Senior Director worldwide and was Managing Director of the Australian practice between 1989 and 1991. In May 1993 David Pumphrey joined Heidrick and Struggles as a Partner in their Sydney office. He has a wide network of contacts and significant experience as an international executive search consultant built up over twenty-eight years in the industry. He has worked extensively in the areas of CEO and board appointments and reviews, and education and social enterprise. He was appointed a Partner Emeritus in February 2012, and continues to consult to the firm in the areas of board governance and effectiveness. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management. He is an Honorary Life Member and a past Director of the Bell Shakespeare Company and its Foundation. He is a past Director of the National and New South Wales Societies of Multiple Sclerosis, and a past President of the Harvard Club of Australia. David Pumphrey was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife in 2012, and is an ambassador for two FNPW projects.

Director

Susie Corlett

Appointed Director 2018
Finance & Risk Committee member

Susie is a professional director with a background in natural resources, investment banking and private equity. She currently serves as a non-executive director of ASX-listed boards, Iluka Resources Ltd and Aurelia Metals (chair of the Safety, Sustainability and Risk Committee). Susie is a Trustee of the AusIMM Education Fund and member of the Investment Committee. Susie holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), FAusIMM, GAICD and is a member of Chief Executive Women.

Director

Jane Danziger

Appointed Director 2020
Fundraising & Marketing Committee member
Projects Committee member

Jane is a Partner & Managing Director in the Sydney office of the Boston Consulting Group.

She joined BCG in 1997 and has worked in Australia, the UK and the US in her time with BCG, as well as in a lead strategy role at British Airways. Jane leads Gamma, BCG’s advanced analytics business, and the Marketing, Sales & Pricing Practice in Australia & NZ. In particular, Jane has deep expertise in the use of data and analytics in managing customer relationships, in topics such as personalisation, digital business builds, loyalty, marketing, consumer insight and brand and product launch. Outside of her professional life, Jane has a love for the outdoors and all things nature.

Director

David Knowles

Appointed Director 2018

David heads Koda Capital’s Philanthropy and Social Capital team, with primary responsibility for providing strategic advice to charitable and philanthropic investors.

In a 28-year private wealth management career he has worked for Coutts and Merrill Lynch in the UK and held senior leadership positions at Perpetual and JBWere, where he was Managing Director and Head of Philanthropic Services.  He has a strong background in professional trusteeship and governance.

David is a member of the Centre for Social Impact’s Advisory Council, Raise Foundation’s Patron’s Advisory Council , a Director of the Sydney Community Foundation, and Chair of Plus One Professional Development.

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Director

Carlyn Waters

Appointed Director 2021

Carlyn is a Kamilaroi woman with over 25 years’ experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs at local, state and national levels.

Prior to joining the Australian Public Service, Carlyn worked in tourism, capacity building and business development sectors. Carlyn has completed a Bachelor of Business in Public Relations and Organisational Communication and a Masters of Arts in Indigenous Social Policy. She has recently commenced a Masters of Business Administration at the Australian National University.

OEH Representative

Robert Quirk

Appointed Director 2018

Robert Quirk is the Executive Director, Park Operations, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), part of the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Having started as a ranger in 1987, Robert has 30 years of experience in national parks, of which more than 20 years were in senior management and executive leadership roles. With experience spanning park management, policy, and programs, Robert is a well-respected leader. Robert has been the operational and strategic leader for critical incidents (including fires, search and rescue and marine mammal standings) and represented the organisation on a number of significant media and stakeholder issues. He is known for his work leading large multi-disciplinary teams through complex operational and policy issues and has contributed to high-profile programs such as the Aboriginal Joint Management, Enhanced Bushfire Management, and Saving our Species.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Natural Resources.