Dr Bruce McGregor, 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.

David Nugent, Vice-President

David has over 30 years’ experience as a management consultant. As a PricewaterhouseCoopers Partner and an IBM Executive, David worked across Australia and Asia Pacific with a range of organisations on programs relating to information technology transformation. David has a passion for the great outdoors, through family camping trips to remote bushwalking and camping David understands and appreciates the social and economic value of our natural environment and the need to invest in the development and management of our National Parks.

Marilyne Crestias, Treasurer

Marilyne is passionate about advocating for better environmental protection. She likes to bushwalk, trail run, scuba dive and rock climb. She has a Masters in Economics and Finance and experience in the Victorian public service developing policy in the environment and renewable energy portfolios.

Dr Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier, Secretary

Jan is an artist, media producer and communications 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.

Lara Bickford

Lara works in clinical research. 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.

Dr 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.

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. A geographer and keen bushwalker, she enjoys exploring natural places in Australia and the rest of the world.

Gerard McPhee

Gerard first joined the conservation movement in the late 1960s, working with the Lake Pedder and alpine park campaigns. As a keen bushwalker, 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.

Rosemary Race

Rosemary is a volunteer Wildlife Officer and has a passion for flora, fauna and marine life having lived most of her life on the coast. She enjoys assisting local community groups and bush kindergartens in her capacity as a Children’s Educator and Community Access Worker, and through networking to encourage participation and learning about science and nature.

Dr Doug Robinson

Doug Robinson is a keen birdwatcher who grew up on the Mornington Peninsula at a time when it was predominantly rural, and has observed first-hand the impacts of increased urban development on places and wildlife he remembers there as a child.  He is a conservation biologist who currently works with Trust for Nature as their Conservation Science Advisor.  For much of the past 30 years he has worked in an extension capacity, supporting landholders to implement conservation actions on private land across Victoria for woodland birds and other wildlife.  He has supported many local conservation efforts over this period to increase protection of box-ironbark forests, red gum forests, the Broken-Boosey Creeks and the Strathbogie Forests.  In his spare time, he likes to control pest animals and watch birds on his family’s covenanted property near Violet Town.

Paul Strickland

Paul is Convenor of the Victorian Environment Friends Network committee and is also Deputy President of the Friends of Mt Worth State Park. Paul is also involved with the West Gippsland Seedbank Association and Darnum-Ellinbank Fire Brigade and has planted more than 20,000 indigenous plants on the property he shares with his wife Merrin.