Board of Directors
Martin Copley is the founder of AWC. More than 20 years ago, Martin purchased an area of land in southwestern Australia for conservation. From this small beginning, Martin has successfully promoted the development of AWC as a national conservation organisation dedicated to practical, on-ground conservation.
Martin’s objective for AWC was to make a practical contribution to conserving native fauna and habitats while raising awareness of Australia’s diverse natural heritage. In 2010, Martin was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to conservation and the environment through the preservation of Australia's native species of flora and fauna. Martin passed away on July 30 2014.
Director since 2003. With a background in finance, Graeme was co-founder and Managing Director of Sealcorp Holdings Ltd (Asgard) until it’s sale to St George Bank. He is a director of several private companies and the founder of Wind Over Water, a family Foundation supporting conservation, medical research, the arts and social programmes.
His objective is to continue the development of AWC as a leading contributor to the effective conservation of Australia’s fauna and habitats and to reversing the decline of our threatened species.
Graeme is a member of the Board Executive, Remuneration and Audit Committees and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading thinkers on environmental issues. An internationally acclaimed scientist, conservationist, explorer and writer, his books include The Future Eaters, The Eternal Frontier, Beautiful Lies: Population and Environment in Australia, and The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth.
Tim spent a year teaching at Harvard and currently serves as a board member of the National Geographic Society Research Grant Committee. In 2006 he co-founded and was appointed inaugural Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council.
Named Australian of the Year in 2007, he quickly made that role an active one in the global arena, working with governments and business in North America, Asia and Europe to spur action on climate change.
Ross E. Ledger is a Chartered Accountant in practice and company director. He is a past Board member of Sir Charles Gairdner hospital and a past District Governor of Rotary International. Ross is currently a trustee of the Stan Perron Charitable Trust and the Spinifex Foundation Inc.
Lea Ferris is a sculptor and yoga teacher by profession. She has 8 years experience as a director of Riverside Holdings Pty Ltd. She is also a qualified and experienced urban planner and has excellent interpersonal and communication skills which will assist with the development of business networks for AWC. She has a passion for wildlife and will assist with development of our vision and strategy.
Ross Grant is Chairman of Grant Samuel Group Pty Limited, an independent investment banking firm which he established in 1988. He was previously an Executive Director of Macquarie Bank Limited having joined Hill Samuel Australia Limited (the predecessor of Macquarie Bank Limited) in 1975.
Ross holds degrees in Mathematics (B.Sc (Hons) – Otago University), Economics (M.Com –Canterbury University) and Business Administration (MBA – University of NSW). He is a Director of The Centre for Independent Studies.
Appointed Director of AWC in December 2010. Andrew Clifford, BCom (Hons) (UNSW) is a Director of Platinum Investment Management Limited. Prior to Platinum Investment Management Limited, Mr Clifford was a Vice President at Bankers Trust Australia Limited.
Michelle Belgiorno is an exhibiting artist, a director of several private companies, as well as a Trustee of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), a Master of Commerce and a BA in Fine Arts. Michelle has extensive experience in the philanthropic sector in Australia, particularly in arts and education, and has a background in corporate communications. She has had a lifelong love of our native wildlife and is passionate about preserving it for future generations. Michelle was appointed a director of AWC in 2012.
Kristy Hinze-Clark has had a long and distinguished career as a model and in the fashion industry both in Australia and internationally. She is also a business woman, collaborating withbrands such as Sportscraft on a range of products, and more recently launching her own company, Legitimutt (luxury products for dogs). Kristy is a passionate conservationist and is currently studying environmental biology. She has been an AWC Patron and ambassador for several years. Kristy was appointed Directory in February 2013.
Mark Robertson OAM is based in Melbourne, Australia where he runs a family business incorporating property and hospitality interests. Mark has extensive experience in funds management, as both Director and Deputy Chair of HOSTPLUS and as a Member of the Industry Funds Management Advisory Board. He is founder and chair of Hotelcare, the charitable arm of the Victorian branch of the Australian Hotels’ Association. Mark has served on the Board of Geelong Grammar from 2005 – 2014. Mark was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2010 for his services to charitable organisations and the hospitality industry. Mark was appointed a Director of AWC in 2014.
Sophie Chamberlain was born in Australia, brought up in the UK and has lived and worked in Australia since 1994. She has a BA(Hons) in Modern Languages and Information Systems and worked in the IT industry in both the UK and Australia. She is one of the founders of Impact100 WA, a collective giving group with over one hundred members making high impact grants to local not-for-profits. She has a strong desire to help conserve the flora and fauna of Australia and their habitats in order for her two daughters and future generations to be able to benefit from and appreciate them. Sophie was appointed a Director of AWC in 2014.