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About our Board

Our Board operates according to the Board Charter:
Board Charter 

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

Each year, directors not only meet to undertake their governance role, they also work with management to formulate organisational strategy and meet with members of the community to ensure they are informed of natural resource management issues throughout the North East Catchment.

The Board has established sub-committees who meet regularly to oversee the specific areas of audit and risk, remuneration, and engagement and partnering.

For more information on what our board has accomplished during the year, refer to our latest Annual Report.

Information on becoming a board member is available from DELWP.




North East CMA Board Members - November 2019
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Our Directors

Leanne Mulcahy, Chair

Leanne is a graduate of the AICD and is a Non-Executive Director with more than 15 years’ experience in not-for-profit organisations. She serves on the Victorian Local Governance Association’s Governance & Risk Committee and the AICD’s local Advisory Committee.

Leanne has served in senior leadership roles across local government, not-for-profit organisations and the dairy industry. In 2019 Leanne was awarded a Victorian Rural Women's Network scholarship to complete the 12-month AICD Directors' Nexus program and she has completed an MBA through RMIT. Leanne is currently studying a Masters Law (Enterprise Governance) through Bond University, due for completion in December 2021.  

Leanne lives in Beechworth and was appointed to the North East CMA Board in 2017.

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 national and international scientific advisory panels.

Lee was appointed to the North East CMA Board in 2015.

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Miriam McGowan

Miriam comes from a five generation 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.

Robert Hescock

Robert is Chief Operating Officer 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.

Robert has been a North East CMA Board member since 2013.

Russel Sheppard

Russel has a strong background in forestry management, natural resource management, project 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 in Business Administration. 

Russel was appointed to the Board in 2017.

Dr Maureen Rogers

Maureen was an environmental economist whose PhD explored the role of the precautionary principle in determining water allocations for the environment (1997). She was also a founding member of the Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities at LaTrobe University. Her work expanded into working with small towns and local artists to create sustainable futures. Maureen lives in Wooragee, managing her 100 acres according to regenerative agriculture principles of building soil.

Maureen has been a North East CMA Board member since 2011.

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Judith Ahmat

Judith Ahmat is a proud Gunditjmara woman who has been living and working in the North East since 1991. With an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (La Trobe University), Master of Social Work (thesis), Bachelor of Social Work and as an an alumni of the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program, Judith brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board. Judith's experience includes the community, health, education and justice sectors. Judith is a member of the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, is an active member of the Wodonga Aboriginal Community, and in 2015 Judith was inducted into the Victoria Aboriginal Honour Roll

Judith was appointed to the North East CMA Board in October 2019.

Euan Ferguson

Euan has qualifications, and over 40 years of experience, in forestry, fire and fuels management, community engagement and emergency management leadership.  He also has qualifications in public administration and business administration and has held several senior executive roles with government agencies, as well as being a member of several boards and committees. 

Euan has strong policy and planning skills and a keen interest in team leadership.

Euan was appointed to the North East CMA Board in October 2019.

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Jan Mahoney

Through her experience as a director, member and chair of a range of boards and committees as well as several senior executive roles, Jan has developed strong practical skills in governance.  She is currently Chair of Windarring Disability Services, President of Riding for Disabled Victoria, Secretary of Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association and Member of Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board.

Jan has had a long career in Agriculture beginning as a research scientist, to executive roles in grains and dairy industries and as CEO of the Grainfoods Cooperative Research Centre.  She has worked with many government organisations as well as in the not-for-profit sector and has worked with communities in Mali and in Cape York.

Jan was appointed to the North East CMA Board in October 2019.