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 monthly.

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.

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.
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.
Millie Nicholls
Director
Millie is a partner in a family farm and has been involved in environmental work since completing a Science degree in 1994. She has significant Council and board experience and was instrumental in forming two Landcare Groups and a private conservation company. She has a passionate interest in native grasslands and the sustainable management of natural resources.
Bec Hardy
Director
Bec owns and manages her own wine business Bec Hardy Wines with her husband, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science (Viticulture), a Graduate Certificate in Business and a Diploma in Wine. She has been a committee member of Nature Foundation for five years, and continues her family’s long-standing association with Nature Foundation with Bec’s grandmother Barbara Hardy being one of the founders.
Anne-Marie Barbaro
Director
Anne-Marie is a senior finance leader with over 20 years’ experience in the accounting industry, with roles in management and financial reporting, audit and assurance engagements and small business taxation compliance. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting, a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Golden Key International Honor Society.
Phil Barron
Director
Phil has over 30 years of diverse experience in southern Australia, in the revegetation, ecological assessment and restoration fields, as well as business and program management. He is a self-diagnosed “bird-nerd” with a passion to work with others help save threatened species and ecological communities. This is Phil’s “first rodeo” as a Director but he is so proud of what Nature Foundation is achieving and is looking forward to the challenge of helping that continue strongly into the future.
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.
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.

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