Anna Murphy


Anna has dedicated over 20 years of her career to biodiversity conservation in Victoria, South Australia and NSW. She has longstanding experience in the development and implementation of threatened flora recovery projects, threatened species recovery planning and community engagement. 

Anna has worked across a number of areas including the State government, not-for-profit and tertiary education sectors. 

Anna also has expertise in plant evolution, plant breeding systems, and pollination ecology. She is currently completing a PhD investigating the pollination ecology of threatened flora.


Abi Smith


Abi has extensive experience in the area of threatened flora and fauna recovery, animal husbandry and wildlife management.

Abi has worked for federal and state government, not-for-profit organisations as well as zoos and museums. In these positions she developed recovery strategies, undertook ecological research and managed large scale habitat rehabilitation projects. In particular, Abi has expertise in faunal ecology including ornithology and herpetology, with a special interest in island conservation and translocation ecology. Most recently, Abi’s skills in avian ecology saved the Norfolk Island parakeet from the brink of extinction.

Abi holds a Masters of Environment.

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Dr Joss Bentley


Joss has been a threatened species ecologist for more than 30 years, and has worked for a range of government and non-for profit organisations, including the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Bush Heritage Australia and the Tasmanian, South Australian, Queensland and New South Wales governments. In these positions she has been responsible for the development and implementation of recovery plans, threat mitigation and reintroduction/translocation programs for a range of taxa.

Joss has expertise in the development of monitoring programs for threatened species and experience in reserve management. Throughout this time she has maintained an active involvement in threatened species research, and has held adjunct research positions with a number of universities. 


Ben Thomas


Ben has 15 year’s experience working as a Landscape Ecologist for state and local governments as well as a number of not-for-profit organisations.

Ben has wide-ranging expertise including: island pest-eradication; threatened flora and fauna recovery; fire and biodiversity interactions and grassland conservation.  

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Jamie has spent his whole working life managing land in one form or another. For many years he managed outback pastoral stations, before becoming Operations Manager for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. In this position he was responsible for managing over a million hectares of conservation estate spread across southern Australia. His responsibilities included pest and weed control, infrastructure (including predator-proof fences), fire management and OHS, as well as a large contingent of staff and volunteers. He also played a key role in fund raising.

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Following an extensive career in engineering and operations management in the manufacturing and construction industries, Derek Smith spent 14 years as an occupational health & safety professional. Derek has extensive expertise in the areas of workplace health and safety; safety management; emergency response; environmental management as well as fire prevention and control.

In 2006, Derek completed a Masters degree in Safety, Health and Environment has a wide range of additional qualifications in the area of workplace safety. 


Sarah Miles

Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah has an abiding love of animals and consequently began her career caring for animals as a Veterinary Nurse for the Lort Smith Animal Hospital. Following this, she spent a number of years working as a Primary School Teacher in Central Victoria. 

Sarah has a wide range of expertise in the area of community engagement and has worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for a range of organisations including the Castlemaine State Festival and the Chewton Swimming Pool. Most recently, she worked as a Development Officer at Mount Alexander Sustainability Group.