Trust Leadership


Ms Alison Russell-French OA – President and Chair

Alison was a career public servant for 32 years, 10 of which were spent as a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Department of Environment. Her APS career spanned a wide range of policy development and program implementation, delivery and administration across environment and conservation, heritage, coastal, natural resource and fisheries management areas. These included representational responsibilities on behalf of the Australian government with the Commission on Sustainable Development, the Global Environment Facility, APEC, the Ramsar Convention, Wetlands International, and the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership. She has since worked internationally as a consultant in conservation, environment and nature resource management.

She has a long association with non-government organisations including positions as Chair/President of Wetlands International – Asia Pacific, Birds Australia, the Australasian Wader Studies Group, the Canberra Ornithological Group (COG), the Alliance Francaise de Canberra, and most recently the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust.

Alison was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the June 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the environment and conservation.

Mr Peter Taylor – Deputy Chair

Peter Taylor is a former strategic policy advisor with a long record of leadership and policy innovation in the natural resources sector. This includes thirty years’ experience facilitating Indigenous land and sea management policy outcomes within both the Australian Government and Indigenous organisations.  Reform of national conservation policies relating to multiple use protected areas in both the marine and terrestrial sectors has also been a significant feature of Peter’s work within Government.

Peter’s pro-bono work centres on supporting private/public partnerships in sustainable land management and conservation.  He has in recent years provided consultancy advice to ACT Parks and Conservation on a range of eco-tourism options for their Parks and Reserves.  Currently he is Vice President of the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, a partnership providing wildlife recovery programs, research, tours and other conservation services to selected ACT Parks. Peter is based in Canberra.

Mr Mark Butz – Chair

Mark is an environmental science graduate with a grounding in earth sciences and ecology.  His experience includes more than 26 years in State, Territory and Federal government agencies responsible for environment and heritage. Since 2002 he has operated as an independent consultant, group facilitator and writer. His work is complemented by more than 30 years of voluntary participation in the community sector.

He is passionate about research and writing that offers new perspectives of our past and future relationship with the rich cultural landscapes of the ACT and region, including (so far) Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Mulligans Flat-Goorooyarroo, Black Mountain, Lower Cotter and Tidbinbilla valley.

Mr Ian Lawrence – Chair of the Jerra Wetlands Advisory Panel

Ian is an engineer, scientist & planner with 57 years of experience in water infrastructure design and development, water resources planning, water quality assessment and management, and water quality & ecology research. He has held a wide range of appointments including Water Resources Planner for the ACT, ACT Environmental Assessment Officer, Member AWRC Water Quality Advisory Committee, AWA Federal Councillor, and Leader of the Urban Water Research Program of the CRC for Freshwater Ecology.

Mr Grant Battersby

Grant has been a member of the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust Committee since 2016 and currently serves as Company Secretary. He has been a member of the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Advisory Panel since its creation in 2017, and a member of the Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetlands since 2013. Prior to his retirement he was an international energy analyst in the Office of National Assessments, a fuel policy adviser in the Department of Industry, Science and Resources, and a policy officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

His previous volunteer roles included advocacy for public education through the ACT Parents and Citizens Council and coaching junior cricket. His current interests include gardening, bushwalking (including rogaining and orienteering), and the range of fauna surveys conducted in Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

Professor Adrian Manning

Adrian is a Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University, with research interests in conservation biology, landscape ecology and restoration ecology, and has published widely in these areas. He is the Chief Investigator of the Mulligans Flat-Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment, he played a key role in the establishment of the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, and was instrumental in the reintroduction of the Eastern Bettong to the sanctuary.

Ms Jenny Bounds – Public Officer

Jenny is a non-professional ornithologist with a particular interest in woodland birds having monitored birds at Mulligans Flat for the Canberra Ornithologists. She is a active community participant in community conservation activities.

Mr Daniel Iglesias – Director Parks and Conservation

Daniel is the Director of the ACT Parks and Conservation Agency, the leading public reserve managers in the country.  He has more than 35 years experience in Parks and Conservation and is a former manager of Mulligans Flat.