Trust Leadership

Trust Leadership


Ms Alison Russell-French

President and Chair

Alison is currently a part time consultant working in the area of environment, conservation and nature resource management. She is currently President of the Canberra Ornithological Group (COG) and Chair of the Australasian Wader Studies Group. Previously she was a career Public Servant for 32 years joining the Australian Public Service in 1974 and retiring in 2006. She was a member of the Senior Executive Public Service for 10 years from 1996- 2006. Her APS career spanned a wide range of policy development and program implementation, delivery and administration across environment and conservation, heritage, natural resource and fisheries management areas.

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Mr Mark Butz

Chair of the Mulligans Flat Committee

Dr David Shorthouse


David has many years experience in planning and management of natural resources in the ACT, particularly biodiversity conservation. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University. He was formerly the manager of the ACT Government’s wildlife research and monitoring unit and helped establish the Mulligans Flat woodland sanctuary project.

Mr Malcolm Forbes


Malcolm has extensive senior executive experience within the Australian Government including at the Deputy Secretary level, with nearly 40 years experience in environmental and natural resource management he is published widely in both peer review and soft scientific literature.  Malcolm has managed policies and program activities related to environmental protection, natural resource management, water, nature conservation, energy efficiency and corporate governance.

Mr Ian Lawrence

Chair of the Jerra Wetlands Committee

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.

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 (ex-Officio)

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, is a former manager of Mulligans Flat, and loves a flutter.

Ms Jo O’Sullivan


Jo is a business development and community engagement professional with more than 30 years’ experience in commercial and not-for-profit engagement and management. Previously the community-sector manager for Bank Australia, Jo brings a diverse set of skills across financial management, partnership development and stakeholder engagement.

Mr Doug Watkins

Doug is a wetlands ecologist with broad experience in advisory, management and stakeholder engagement. Doug has 25+ years’ experience working as a wetland ecologist in Australasia and Asia. For period June 1995 – July 2013 Doug has worked full time with Wetlands International from the Oceania Office based in Canberra, Australia. For the last 12 years of that period Doug was the manager of the Office and responsible for up to 6 staff with Offices in Canberra, Brisbane and Fiji. With the closure of the Office in June 2013 Doug returned to working as a Consultant Ecologist. Recent clients include South Pacific Regional Environment Program, WWF-Hong Kong, Melbourne Water and Wetlands International.


Mr Peter Taylor



Mr Keith Cantlie