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Our Board

Nature Foundation is a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 and is managed by a Board of Directors that meets quarterly.

The Board is elected by members at our AGM and all Board directors work for the organisation in a voluntary capacity, bringing their considerable skills and experience to the governance of Nature Foundation.

The Board is supported by the Audit and Risk Committee.

Jan Ferguson OAM
Chair
Jan is a leader and strategist for the 21st century. Her deep experience in innovation, knowledge and enterprise management is fused with a passion for people, teamwork, social justice especially for rural and remote Australia. She has a flair for building effective partnerships across industry, government, academia and the community to solve major challenges. Having lived in Beltana in northern SA, and Alice Springs, NT, she is committed to building a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all remote Australians.
Professor Philip Weinstein
Deputy Chair
Philip is Chair of the Nature Conservation Committee and ensures that our research effort underpins the management of our reserves and our community engagement. Phil has qualifications in ecology (PhD) and public health medicine (MBBS, FAFPHM) and his current research focus is on the ecosystem services provided by biodiversity conservation – including human health benefits. He holds a full-time research position in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide and is a Research Affiliate of the South Australian Museum.
Associate Professor Jeremy Austin
Director
Jeremy is a multidisciplinary evolutionary biologist who has worked across natural history museums in London and Melbourne and universities across Australia. His diverse research focuses primarily on vertebrates (humans, mammals, birds, reptiles), resulting in ground-breaking discoveries in vertebrate evolution that contribute to improved conservation outcomes for a range of threatened species.
Phil Cole
Director
Phil is a water resources specialist holding senior State and Commonwealth public service positions and making contributions in the field of water and salinity management, particularly related to the River Murray.  Phil is well regarded for his great depth of knowledge, strategic thinking ability and developing numerous policies in conserving water and minimising salinisation. Since retirement, he has contributed to Nature Foundation’s Water for Nature program, and as a Rotational Manager on our Nature Reserves.
Glenise Coulthard AM
Director
Glenise Coulthard AM is an Adnyamathanha woman from the Northern Flinders Ranges who brings a wealth of experience, with over 45 years in the SA Government public sector, specialising in health services and regional areas. She holds the distinction of being Australia’s longest-serving Director on the Board of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, spanning 20 years. With a calm and considered approach to her leadership roles, Glenise enjoys building opportunities for remote communities through applied on-ground research, innovation and community development, and ensuring the inclusion of Aboriginal people in decision-making.
Claire Fuller
Director
Claire has more than two decades of experience in Natural Resource Management, with her key areas of knowledge including biodiversity conservation, landscape/pest management, soil health, landholder/stakeholder engagement and project management. Claire has worked across various sectors including Soil Conservation Board, Natural Resource Management, State Government, Environmental NGO and Not-for-Profit sectors. With a core interest and skill in community engagement, Claire supports connecting people with nature and believes in strong organisational culture.
Greg Limbert
Director
Greg has participated in working bees and events. He brings a broad range of experience in management, local government, tourism and Board member roles, and is passionate about engaging members and supporters.
Douglas Ransom
Director
Douglas’s experience spans local government, transport, health and finance in the not for profit sector and has qualifications as a CPA, a Certified Informations Systems Auditor and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.
Lynn Wood
Director
Lynn has a Master of Business Administration and over 35 years of experience managing people, projects and expectations. Now retired, he has held executive positions in BlueScope Steel and Cobham Aviation Services. He is a lover of the outdoors, particularly our beautiful outback and remote areas.

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