Our team

To achieve great things, you need a great team. The Nature Conservancy Australia team is a diverse and talented group that includes scientists, accountants, fundraisers, marketers and administrators.

The Leadership Team

Rich Gilmore, Country Director

Before joining the Conservancy, Rich was the CEO of the Balibó House Trust working on sustainable economic development in Timor-Leste. Prior to that, he was CEO of Earthwatch Australia during the time it was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Australian Environmentalist of the Year. Rich has also worked as a derivatives trader with Ord Minnett Jardine Fleming and in relationship management, business development and community relations with global packaging firm Amcor.

Rich graduated with a Master of Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales. He is an alumnus of both the Cambridge University Business and Environment Program and the Harvard Club of Australia Non-Profit Leadership Program. In 2011, in recognition of his role as a community leader, Rich was made a Williamson Community Leadership Fellow by Leadership Victoria. He is also a Member of the Institute of Company Directors. He commenced working at TNC in 2014 and works from our Melbourne office.

Find out more about Rich.

Dr James Fitzsimons, Director of Conservation

James has developed and overseen large-scale conservation programs and developed conservation policy in government and non-government organisations. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, James worked with the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council developing recommendations for public land use along the Murray River and for East Gippsland forests, and with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment on protected area and conservation policy.

James has a PhD in environmental science from Deakin University. He commenced working at TNC in 2008 and works from our Melbourne office. Find out more about James.

Simon O'Connor, Director of Finance and Operations

Simon has more than 15 years’ experience in the government, not-for-profit and corporate sectors.  He has been responsible for managing internal and external audit programs, preparation of annual accounts and the management of large banking contracts.

Simon has a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Victoria University and is Certified Practicing Accountant.  He commenced working at TNC in 2013 and works from our Melbourne office.

Jodie Jansen, Director of Public Policy

Jodie has over 10 years’ professional practice in science-based public affairs, including senior roles at multinational pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Baxter Healthcare. More recently, Jodie worked under a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation advocating for increased R&D investment to deliver new medicines and vaccines for diseases of the developing world such as malaria, TB, maternal and child health.

Jodie has undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts from the Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Marketing Communications from the University of Canberra. She commenced working at TNC in 2017 and works from our Melbourne office.

Rachel Bailey, Director of Marketing and Membership

Rachel has over 17 years’ experience in marketing, advertising and fundraising. A results-driven fundraiser and marketer, she has worked for many not-for-profits including Cancer Council NSW and Amnesty International. With specialisms in digital communications, fundraising activity and CRM, she leads the marketing and membership teams at TNC Australia.

Rachel has an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from Reading University in the UK, plus a Professional Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She commenced working at TNC in 2013 and works from our Melbourne office.

Lina Di Prisa, HR Specialist

Lina has worked for many years across roles in professional services, banking, insurance and finance, and has experience in managing people, human resources, leadership coaching and general management. She worked for 20 years as a paralegal in law firms. Lina puts her interest in animals to good use as a volunteer for various animal shelters.

Lina holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Deakin University, an Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice from RMIT and a Mini MBA from London School of Business, and is an International Coach Federation Certified Coach. She commenced working at TNC in 2014 and works from our Melbourne office.

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