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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.

Leanne Mulcahy, Chairperson

Leanne has a strong background in local and state government, predominantly in regional development and governance roles. She is a former CEO of Murray Dairy and is employed with CVGT as General Manager Corporate. Leanne has completed a Masters Business Administration and is a graduate of the Goulburn Murray Fairley Leadership Program. She has served on not-for-profit boards over more than 12 years.

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.

Miriam McGowan

Miriam comes from a five generations farming family with connections to north east Victoria. She brings a depth of knowledge and experience to North East CMA with studies in law, management, environment & planning, science and practice in commercial law. She is a supporter of community engagement and enjoys farming with her family in north east Victoria.

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.

Russel Sheppard

Russel has a strong background in forestry management, natural resource management and Indigenous engagement with experience in the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and as business manager of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Russel holds a graduate qualification in Civil Engineering and a post graduate qualification in  Business Administration and is currently Director of Infrastructure at Albury Wodonga Health.

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.

Catherine Prichard

Catherine is a chartered accountant and registered tax agent with 20+ years experience including both private and public sector appointments.  Now semi retired from accounting Catherine operates a small farm secretarial practice, is a board member on Albury Wodonga Health and farms in north east Victoria with her husband and his family.  Family interests include farming, stock horse competition, and Field and Game.