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Our Board

Our Board operates accordingly to the Board Charter:
Board Charter (0.5 MB Pdf)

Our Board members have extensive experience and knowledge of land protection, water resource management, primary industry, environmental conservation and local government. More than half are primary producers.

Lyn Coulston, OAM Chairperson

Lyn owns and operates a landscape design business in the Upper Murray. She has been a North East CMA Board member since 2000 and is a former Councillor and Mayor of the Towong shire. Lyn is also Chair of the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce and Trees Victoria, and Secretary of the Upper Murray Landcare Network. A graduate of the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program.  Lyn received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2014 for services to Conservation and the Environment, and to the Community of Towong and in 2015, the inaugural Joan Kirner Victorian Landcare award. 

Dr Lee Baumgartner

Lee has a strong background in the science behind fisheries issues, having undertaken research into the migration ecology of native fish, aquaculture, stocking success and fish benefits of environmental flows.  Lee has extensive experience in natural resource management from both government and university sectors and currently sits on a range of scientific advisory panels.

Jane Carney

Jane has qualifications in agriculture, leadership and project management, as well as experience in regional development, ecotourism, regional marketing and natural resource management.  Jane is a beef cattle producer from the Ovens Valley and a North East Delegate to the Victorian Landcare Council.

Peter Farrell

Peter is a Director at Goulburn Valley Water and, until recently, was Regional Director, Hume Region with the Department of Environment & Primary Industries, Victoria. In this role Peter was responsible for the delivery of public land, environmental, and primary industry services across north east Victoria. Peter has a Masters of Forest Science, and is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

Robert Hescock

Robert is General Manager – North East Region with Hancock Victoria Plantations. With qualifications in Forestry and Science, Robert has experience in farming and as a professional forester. Robert enjoys being a member of his local Landcare Group and spending time with his family.

Jenny Indian

Jenny has qualifications in science/ecology, landscape architecture and education.  As a researcher with RMIT Jenny completed extensive surveys and analysis for the Bushfire Research Centre focussed on the resilience of rural communities in the Victorian High Country.

Hamish MacLennan

Hamish is a retired senior manager from Parks Victoria with qualifications in agriculture and experience in primary production, agronomy and soil conservation. Hamish has formerly held positions on the Boards of Living Legends and Parklands Albury Wodonga. Besides being an active Rotarian, Hamish enjoys hiking, scuba diving and classic motor sports.

Dr Maureen Rogers

Maureen is an environmental economist and a founding member of the Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities at LaTrobe University. In recent years Maureen has worked as a researcher for different universities in relation to the socio-cultural aspects of rural living.

Bernard Young

Bernard holds qualifications in forestry science, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Honorary Graduate of the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program. He has extensive experience in government: natural resource management and business development, in forestry research and management, and as a director on government and company boards. Bernard was a Councillor at Wangaratta 2005-2008.Bernard has been a North East CMA Board member since 2009.