Our Board

The South Coast NRM Board of Management is skills-based and supported by committees and reference groups, allowing for an inclusive approach to community engagement and the efficient use of time, as well as technical and skilled input. The organisation recognises close working relationships with its community are essential to ongoing success.

 

 

  • Carolyn Daniel
    Chair

    Carolyn is passionate about the environment and sustainable production, in particular one of her passions is soil health…

    Carolyn is passionate about the environment and sustainable production, in particular, one of her passions is soil health as people come and go, but the soil remains and if it is kept in good health, it will serve the triple line outcomes that we aspire to being environmental, economic and social benefits. This aspiration dovetails nicely with many of the new National Landcare Program objectives.

    She brings a substantial background in NRM both as a practitioner and a producer and has extensive experience working at a local, regional and state level with and for federal, state and local governments. She also is involved in the community in local not for profit groups.

    Carolyn was first elected as a director of South Coast NRM in 2014. She renominated in 2017 to give the organisation some continuity for the next three years as it enters a challenging period in terms of ongoing funding. She believes that her experience will assist in supporting the organisation with this challenge.

    Carolyn is a partner of a 6,000 ha mixed farming operation which has participated in revegetation, remnant vegetation protection, rehabilitation of saline areas, farm and catchment planning and land for wildlife since the 1980s and she will be retaining this business interest in the central area of the region.

    Carolyn will be mostly residing in Albany which will enable her to be more available for Board duties and she is prepared to travel across the region to further lift the profile of the organisation.

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  • John Ruprecht
    Director

    As I have recently left State Government after 35 years involvement across portfolios of Water, Agriculture and Food, and Primary Industries and Regional Development I am interested in continuing to contribute to sustainable agriculture and resource management in Western Australia…

    As I have recently left State Government after 35 years involvement across portfolios of Water, Agriculture and Food, and Primary Industries and Regional Development I am interested in continuing to contribute to sustainable agriculture and resource management in Western Australia.  Given I am spending more time in Denmark I consider it an opportune time to engage with South Coast region.

    I bring experience in governance through being on boards of management in the not-for-profit sector (Armadale Redevelopment Authority and Engineers Australia) and more broadly across government executives. This governance experience has included financial management and budget proposals for a range of areas including digital farming, renewable energy, irrigation development, and agricultural resource management.

    I can also contribute national and state understanding of resource management issues and drivers within the context of a regional NRM group.  I have no actual, perceived or potential conflicts of interest that I am aware of.  I have commenced a resource management consulting business, but have no work within the south coast region.

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  • Andrew Bathgate
    Director

    Andrew is a vegetable producer, lecturer and past researcher in agriculture and natural resource management. He has skills in recruitment, marketing, economic and financial analysis and strategic planning…

    Andrew is a vegetable producer, lecturer and past researcher in agriculture and natural resource management.  He has skills in recruitment, marketing, economic and financial analysis and strategic planning.

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    Andrew is a vegetable producer, lecturer and past researcher in agriculture and natural resource management.  He has skills in recruitment, marketing, economic and financial analysis and strategic planning.

    Andrew has had a long association with the South Coast over a 25 year career as an economics researcher with the Department of Agriculture and subsequently a consultant researcher. After his first project on managing wind erosion on the South Coast Sandplain, Andrew was involved in a broad range of areas including new pasture species, waterlogging, dryland salinity, raised beds, improving livestock production and crop rotations.  He was also a casual field assistant to his wife Jocelyn, who was researching the management of a fungal disease of the scarlet banksia (Banksia coccinea)

    He and his family moved to Albany in 2005 after completing a contract with the NSW Department of Primary Industry where he supervised a project looking at the holistic catchment management and the implications for dryland salinity, biodiversity, carbon sequestration and farm finances.

    Being brought up in a coastal town in the North West of WA, Andrew has a strong affinity with the ocean and coastal environment and believes careful management it necessary to retain its amenity value.

    Andrew and Jocelyn currently run a small vegetable farm, aimed at supplying a diverse range of specialist lines for local consumers and restaurants throughout the Great Southern, South West and Perth metro area.  They have a strong focus on limiting the impact of their farm practices on the environment, mainly through using biocontrol agents and minimising the use of chemical pesticides.

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  • Debbie Millard
    Director

    I consider that the combination of my experience and qualifications as a non-executive director in the not-for profit sector plus a 27 year commercial career in financial leadership roles, will complement the skills and experience of existing Board members...

    I consider that the combination of my experience and qualifications as a non-executive director in the not-for profit sector plus a 27 year commercial career in financial leadership roles, will complement the skills and experience of existing Board members. I offer the benefit of an objective and commercial view point, but with an awareness of the significance of environmental impacts on natural resource management.

    Outside of work, I am at my most content when immersed in the Great Outdoors. My career as a chartered accountant disguises the fact that I started life as a natural scientist with a degree in Pure and Applied Biology.

    My husband and I live in the Hills in Perth because we love being immersed in the bush, with the birds, the frogs and kangaroos in the garden. I know the South Coast region reasonably well as a holiday maker, particularly enjoying camping in the National Parks of West Cape Howe, Fitzgerald, Cape Le Grande, Porongurups and Stirling Ranges. I actively enjoy the many spectacular and special places within WA through hiking, mountain biking and observing, and value the preservation of our natural assets for future generations to also enjoy.

    I have an awareness of the significance of sustainable agriculture for the region, from an environmental and economic point of view. I also have an awareness of the significance of preserving aboriginal culture and heritage through place, flora and fauna.

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  • Helen Tasker
    Director

    In 2007 I joined the staff of South Coast NRM to work in contract management. Throughout the 7 years on staff I came to appreciate the NRM industry and the necessity that organisation such as this one are maintained…

    In 2007 I joined the staff of South Coast NRM to work in contract management. Throughout the 7 years on staff I came to appreciate the NRM industry and the necessity that organisation such as this one are maintained. I firmly believe that NRM plays a much larger part in the health and wellbeing of the community than they are aware of.

    On leaving the staff of South Coast NRM in 2014 for family reasons I felt the need to maintain some involvement in the organisation as was fortunate enough to gain a seat on the Board in 2015. My 3 year tenure is now up, but I still feel I have a lot to contribute and with the recent changes to location, funding and staffing levels I would like the opportunity to help provide some continuity and support over the next few years.

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  • Marilyn Connell
    Director

    I have lived and worked in Albany for over 30 years. My formal qualifications are in accounting, management, education and agriculture...

    I have lived and worked in Albany for over 30 years. My formal qualifications are in accounting, management, education and agriculture. Utilising these skills I currently lecture in accounting and coordinate the finance department at the South Regional TAFE. Prior to this I have had extensive experience in financial management and leadership roles across a range of sectors including not-for-profit and small business ownership.

    I have a lifelong interest in protecting our natural resources which has grown from my rural background. My family farmed south of Perth and then moved to Albany to farm beef cattle. My husband and I continued our love of the land and developed a dairy farm in the Porongurup Ranges. This started my association with SCNRM as we worked in partnership revegetating the waterways. I believe that my enthusiasm for the environment coupled with my management and finance skills will be a valuable asset to the position of Director on the Board of Management.

    My current role on the audit committee at SCNRM has given me a valuable insight into the strong sense of community and commitment at SCNRM. Whilst I am very keen to continue in this capacity, I am also excited at the opportunity to extend my contribution.

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Governance

Governance structure

November 2018

A great strength of South Coast NRM is its ability to reflect regional needs and involve stakeholders appropriately.

Our organisation is headed up by the Chief Executive Officer who has oversight of the organisation and reports to the Board of Management.  The Board are supported by expert Committees which have responsibility for specific areas of governance.

South Coast NRM uses both internal and external auditors to ensure fiduciary standards are maintained. Strategies are embedded in organisational planning to ensure good corporate governance, risk management, accountability and transparency.