Euan Moore, President

Euan trained professionally in forest management and worked with invasive species control programs, followed by a career in information technology. He has been a VNPA councillor for 7 years, and is now in his second year as our president. Since retiring, he has been able to devote more time to furthering the aims of VNPA.

Bruce McGregor, Vice-President

Growing up in rural Victoria instilled a passion for the outdoors and nature in Bruce. He is an active research scientist with training in biology, land management and organisational leadership, as well as a Trust for Nature covenantor and a long-term volunteer in waterway management, environmental restoration and recreation. In 2015 he received a VEFN Best Friend Award.

Michael Forster, Secretary

Michael is a retired economist who has had a long-term interest in the public issues associated with conservation, climate and energy use. He has considerable experience in business planning and policy, acquired through a range of corporate and public agencies, and a strong belief in the importance of science-based conservation policy.

Gary Allan, Treasurer

Gary is a semi-retired Forensic Accountant who has had an interest in conservation since the days of the ‘No Dams’ campaign and the Franklin River blockade. His recreational activities include bushwalking, cycling, small boat sailing, cross-country skiing, and touring kayaking. He is also Treasurer of Rail Trails Australia.

Lara Bickford

Lara works in clinical research and has been a VNPA councillor for one year. She has four children who love exploring and camping in Victoria’s national parks, and is passionate about preserving Victoria’s natural environment. Lara believes that VNPA in a unique position to advocate for our native plants and animals.

Ann Birrell

Ann is a cross country skier and bushwalker, with long involvement in community and environmental campaigns. She is also a lawyer and has worked for government, law firms and environment NGOs. Ann would like to see a fair and sustainable future for our children and greater protection of biodiversity.

Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier

Dr Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier is an artist, media producer and communication academic. In his media work he is particularly interested in cultural ecology and the intersection of art, science and politics. He produced and curated a number of international art projects and festivals including the art/science collaboration Nature in the Dark in partnership with VNPA and Parks Victoria.

Russell Costello

Russell is in eighth year as a VNPA Councillor, and was our President from 2012-15. He gained a love for the bush as a Queen Scout, then working for 10 years with the Soil Conservation Authority, followed by periods with Victoria’s Land Conservation Council, National Parks Service, EPA, the Commonwealth Bushcare Program and Victoria’s native vegetation clearing control team.

Michael Feller

Michael is a semi-retired forest fire scientist/forest ecologist who lives near Healesville, but still commutes back to his workplace at the University of British Columbia in Canada (currently he is a Professor Emeritus there). He regularly recreates (bushwalking, mountain climbing, skiing, sea kayaking) in outdoor environments that usually need much better protection against development.

Deb Henry

Deb is an avid outdoors adventurer of more than thirty years’ experience. She is dedicated to the care and protection of Victoria’s wilderness areas. Deb has served as President of Friends of the Prom, is a member of the Bushwalking and Activities committee of the VNPA and currently serves as the FOTP’S vice president.

Gerard McPhee

Gerard first joined the conservation movement in the late 1960s, working with the Lake Pedder and alpine park campaigns. As a keen bush walker, his loves are forests and mountains. After careers in education and social work, Gerard spent 20 years in IT positions with human services, hospitals and the ambulance service.

Dianne Marshall

Dianne has a background in education, community engagement and public land management ranging across wetlands, Landcare, biodiversity, national parks, biospheres and Ministerial advisory committees. She enjoys exploring natural places in Australia and the rest of the world.

James Thyer

James is a biochemical scientist having worked largely in health-related biomedical companies and government research organisations. He has been a longstanding member of Friends of Merri Creek, Friends of Mallacoota, Little-Desert-based Urimbirra Cooperative, and was a board member of the Grampians-based MEG Conservation Cooperative for thirteen years.