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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.

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 as General Manager for the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues. 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.

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 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 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.


Judith Ahmat

Judith was appointed to the North East CMA Board in October 2019. Photo and more info coming soon.


Euan Ferguson

Euan was appointed to the North East CMA Board in October 2019. Photo and more info coming soon.


Jan Mahoney

Jan was appointed to the North East CMA Board in October 2019. Photo and more info coming soon.