Helen Sims

Helen’s knowledge of the ACT’s environment was derived from her work for 13 years as the inaugural manager of the ACT’s Office of the Commissioner for the Environment.

She had the honour of working with the first two commissioners – Dr Joe Baker and Dr Rosemary Purdie – on multiple State of the Environment reports for both the ACT and the 17 local governments in the Australian Capital Region. Helen also undertook a variety of investigations into management of the environment by ACT Government agencies.

She previously worked on development of the ACT Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1993 following self-government and on leasing of rural and national land in the ACT.

Helen has enjoyed bushwalking for several decades and takes great pleasure in walking among our native birds and animals. She is also passionate about reducing waste and use of resources. Her doctorate is in sociology from the University of Queensland (1988).