Nature Foundation SA is a non-political and mainly voluntary organisation governed by a council of experienced conservationists, scientists and business and professional people.
Hugo Hopton – Chief Executive Officer
Before joining Nature Foundation SA in February 2016, Hugo's most recent role was Regional Manager at Natural Resources SAMDB based in Murray Bridge where he led delivery of the programs of both the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board and DEWNR for the community and government. After completing a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) at the Australian National University, Hugo began his career as a forester in the South East and Fleurieu Peninsula, moving on to work as the manager for State Flora and revegetation program manager within Primary Industries SA. Throughout his career he has worked with and for communities and industries in land conservation, primary production, native vegetation management and water management. Hugo also has strong relationships with government departments within South Australia and the Commonwealth, and with local government and the NGO sector.
Alex Nankivell – Conservation Programs Manager
Alex has been with Nature Foundation SA since 2008 and adeptly handles both the strategic and operational sides of Nature Foundation SA business operations, from writing management plans to expertly overseeing their on- the-ground implementation. Alex has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management and a Masters of Project Management.
Natalie Stalenberg – Water For Nature Programs Manager
After completing a Bachelor of Environmental Management at Flinders University, Natalie spent over 10 years working in various South Australian government agencies on water quality, on the program Water Proofing Adelaide, and then as a Senior Policy Officer on the Western Mount Lofty Ranges Water Allocation Plan. Natalie later completed a Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, which led her to the Murray Darling Basin Authority where she worked with Traditional Owner organisations on cultural water issues. Natalie joined Nature Foundation in June 2016 and her position heralds the coming of age of our Water For Nature program.
Caroline Nefiodovas – Industry Engagement Manager
Caroline has 15 years’ experience in business development, marketing and project office roles and has worked closely with the private sector and all tiers of government. Along with strong customer service skills and experience, Caroline has studied Environmental Science and holds a Diploma in Project Management.
Patrick Mentzel – Fundraising & Marketing Manager
Patrick leads grant opportunity liaison with corporate and philanthropic organisations. Patrick has a background in marketing, sales, event management, communications and fundraising in the not-for-profit sector. He has an affinity with the environment, having travelled extensively through Australia’s outback and to remote places in the world.
Natasha Harper – Administration & Marketing Coordinator
Natasha’s planning and logistical skills are critical in delivering results in the donor, events and marketing functions of NFSA. She has worked for over 15 years abroad and was a regular volunteer with the Wandle Trust in London and spent time at the Tortugero Biological Station in Costa Rica volunteering for the Sea Turtle Conservancy.
Georgie Fiedler – Accountant
Georgie is CPA qualified and brings a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit accounting field as well as the commercial and government sectors. Georgie loves the outdoors, especially bushwalking and camping in South Australia’s national parks.
Bob Lott is an owner and Director of Venue*Tix, Weslo Staff, Thebarton Theatre and Quorn Quandongs. He is also a biochemist, producer and manager of major events and a theatrical entrepreneur. Bob has served on numerous boards and councils including SA Jubilee 150 Board (Deputy Chair), the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Royal Adelaide Show, Come Out Children’s Festival and the Australian National Kennel Council. He is an enthusiastic environmentalist and supporter of Indigenous artists. He has been a NFSA Council Member since 2003.
Professor Chris Daniels researches and teaches in life sciences and conducts Natural Resource Management consultancies and other environmental leadership activities focused on conserving wildlife and connecting people with nature. He is currently Professor of Biology at UniSA and has previously held academic positions at the University of California, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide. Chris has been extensively involved in many community, conservation and science committees, groups and societies and is currently presiding member of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board and chair of the Nature Play SA Board, among others. Chris has an obsessional interest in all animals, especially lizards, and has published nine books, one DVD and over 250 scientific and community publications. Chris won the South Australian Premiers Science Award for Communication (2007) and the Medal for Natural History from the Field Naturalists Society (2010).
Susie Herzberg OAM has worked as an urban, environmental and strategic planner in private practice, with all levels of government and as a lecturer at the Architecture Faculty, University of Adelaide. Susie is a past president of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies (SA) and the Civic Trust (SA).
Susie is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served on numerous boards including the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium (which she chaired), the SA Housing Trust, the Patawalonga Water Catchment Board, KESAB Environmental Solutions, the State Cycling Council and the SA Wine Industry Association Environment Committee. As well as her work with NFSA, Susie is on the board of the Playford Memorial Trust and of several private companies. Susie has been a NFSA Council Member since 2006.
Nicholas Edwards is a practising lawyer, chartered accountant and Principal of ND Edwards & Co. He began his career in Melbourne at Coopers & Lybrand before moving to a role as an investment manager with ANZ Private Bank and work in Sydney as a corporate tax consultant. Nicholas returned to Adelaide in 2010 to be closer to his wider family. He has an enthusiasm for the environment and enjoys contributing to the work of NFSA.
Our Council Members
Dr Rob Morrison OAM is a Professorial Fellow at Flinders University where he has taught Zoology, Animal Behaviour, Field Studies and Human Biology. Rob has written dozens of articles and 32 books on science and natural history, and is co-author of 13 more. A science and environment broadcaster for 40 years on television and radio, including as co-host of The Curiosity Show, he has won many national and international awards including a Churchill Fellowship, the Michael Daley Award for Science Journalism and two Eureka Prizes. In 2005 he was the inaugural winner of the South Australian Award for Excellence in Science Communication and in 2008 he was Senior Australian of the Year for SA. Rob is a member or chair of the boards of many scientific and conservation bodies, and in 2004 was awarded the Order of Australia for his Services to Conservation and Science Communication. He has been a NFSA Council Member since 1995.
David Moyle AM has occupied senior academic and leadership roles at Flinders University and has been a leading environmental advocate in SA. He has served extensively on statutory committees including as Chair of the National Parks and Wildlife Council and Deputy Chair of the Native Vegetation Council. He is currently a Commissioner of the Environment, Resources and Development Court and a lecturer at the School of Natural and Built Environments, UniSA. David is also a past president of NFSA and the Nature Conservation Society of SA and has been a NFSA Council Member since 1989.
Chris Reed has a long-term passion for the land and environment. He is a fourth generation farmer from Burra and still runs a farm that has been in his family since 1866. On leaving school, in addition to working the farm, he became a professional woolclasser and worked in many pastoral sheds across the rangelands of Australia. After spending 10 years in local government, he became involved in landcare through the Eastern Districts Soil Board. He completed two terms as the Presiding Member of the SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board. Chris has been a NFSA Council Member since 2010 and is chair of both the Property Management and Ecotourism committees.
Millie Nicholls has been a partner in a family farm all her life and involved in environmental work since she completed a Science degree in 1994. She has been a member of the Native Vegetation Council, the National Parks and Wildlife Council, several regional boards in the Northern and Yorke Region, and is a director of several private companies. She was instrumental in forming two Landcare Groups and a private conservation company. Millie was the winner of the South Australian Individual Landcarer of the Year Award in 2011, and has a passionate interest in native grasslands and the sustainable management of our natural resources. Millie has been a NFSA Council Member since 2015.
Suzanne Ridding is an experienced executive, board director, company secretary and consultant. She has held leadership positions in private, public and not-for-profit sector organisations, internationally and in Australia. Suzanne has also managed her own sustainability consultancy business since 2008 specialising in environmental sustainability, in particular carbon management. Key experience and skills Suzanne brings include sustainability, risk management, governance, audit, financial management and strategic planning. Susanne has been a NFSA Council Member since 2014 and is Chair of the Carbon Capture and Carbon Credits Working Group.
Tony Sharley is a passionate Riverlander who recently completed four years as the general manager of Destination Riverland, the Riverland's regional tourism body. Tony grew up on the Murray River at Renmark and has completed degrees in natural resources management and a Masters in Applied Science. His career has included positions within PIRSA and the Murray Darling Basin Commission where he played key roles in water reforms. More recently Tony was manager of Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre and led the process of listing the Banrock Station Wetlands as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. Tony also serves as a director on the boards of the RAA, RiverSmart Australia and the Conservation and Hunting Alliance of SA.
Our Rotational Managers
NFSA is grateful for the dedication, hard work and enthusiasm of the Witchelina Rotational Managers who undertake both maintenance and conservation work at the property on a roster basis.
|Chris and Maria Reed
Greg and Janet Bannon
Kevin and Shirley Fahey
Brenton and Nanette Arnold
Phil and Susan Cole
|Barry and Maureen Wright
Vic Breeding and Penny Shepley
Fred and Petra van der Heiden
Our Fellows Of The Foundation
Dr Mark Bonnin AM*
Warren Bonython AO*
|Barbara Hardy AO
|David Moyle AM
William (Bill) Nankivell
Dr Bob Sharrad AM
Dick Smith AC
Our Honourary Life Members
Robert Gerard AO