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Our Board

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

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, and remuneration.

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.

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.

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


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.

Peter Farrell

Peter has extensive experience in sustainable natural resource management in North East Victoria, where he was responsible for the delivery of public land, environmental, and primary industry services when he was Regional Director for the then Department of Environment and Primary Industries. Peter has a Masters of Forest Science and is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

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

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.

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

Jenny Indian

Jenny is a Landscape Architect with extensive experience in broad scale landscape design and restoration. More recently Jenny has worked as a researcher for the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) considering the resilience of rural communities to major fire events and in the regional health sector considering the capacity and future health of rural communities.

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


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 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 has been a North East CMA Board member since 2011.

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.