About us

The Conservation Council ACT Region works to protect the environment of the Canberra region for future generations through advocacy, campaigning and community engagement.

We are a not for profit, non-government peak body that represents more than 40 member groups.

Established in 1981, the Conservation Council ACT Region is an incorporated association under the direction of an elected Board.

The Conservation Council ACT Region acknowledges the financial support of the ACT Government. 

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Staff Team

Elle Lawless

Executive Director

Elle is an experienced campaigner with many years working in the environmental advocacy space. Elle has led campaigns with The Wilderness Society to protect the Pilliga forest and the NSW coast, working closely with diverse allies and local communities to build coalitions. Elle has also worked as a strategist at The Sunrise Project undertaking corporate campaigning efforts to influence fossil fuel companies.

Elle aims to bring all Canberrans together with the Conservation Council by working collaboratively with a diversity of sectors, people and communities. Together she believes we can fulfil our common responsibility for the maintenance of a healthy and sustainable environment, on which all life ultimately depends.

Kirsten Duncan

Climate and Sustainability Campaigner

After completing her Masters of Climate Change at the Australian National University, Kirsten joined the Conservation Council in late 2019. She project managed and wrote Make the Switch and Make the Move websites and public engagement on going gas-free and active travel respectively.
Kirsten has previous experience in public and private sectors, most recently as a graphic designer specialising in communication on subjects from agriculture and environment to health and technology. Her focus now is on communicating climate change and other social–environmental issues to address the root causes and drive the systemic change needed for a sustainable future for people and planet.

Peta Bulling

Nature and Waterways Campaigner

Born and raised in Canberra, Peta is an environmental scientist, honours law student at the ANU and activist, who believes in marrying the spheres of law and ecology to create effective environmental policy and law. Peta has also worked in research, renewable energy advocacy, and community-led law reform.

Passionate about environmental justice and biodiversity conservation, Peta intends to dedicate her career to protecting the animals, plants, and landscapes she loves. Essential to this mission is her belief that everyone deserves to have their voice heard. Peta is particularly passionate about First Nations People being empowered to participate in decision-making. Growing up in Canberra, Peta has loved watching the city change with her and looks forward to shaping its future.

Jahnavi Samprathi

Jahnavi Samprathi

Communications Manager

Jahnavi is a Canberra native who is currently completing a double degree in Environment and Sustainability and International Relations at the ANU. She is a big believer in the benefit of community and collective action to address environment and sustainability issues in our society. She is an advocate for increasing the accessibility of environmentalism and making sustainability the easy choice. Jahnavi has experience in developing social media campaigns and dialogues about sustainability challenges within the community. 

She is undertaking a minor in science communication as part of her degree and her main passion is creating accessible communication about sustainability and the environment. She hopes to make the environmental advocacy space as inclusive and diverse as possible.

Brooke Farr

Brooke Farr

Office and Events Manager

Brooke was born and raised in Newcastle, NSW before moving to Canberra in 2017. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability at the ANU, majoring in Biodiversity Conservation and Resource and Environmental Management. Brooke has a background in event management and education and is passionate about making environmentalism creative, exciting and accessible for all, and bringing communities together to champion sustainable living and environmental action. 

In her spare time, Brooke is an avid surfer, musician, all-round adrenaline junkie and people-person who loves any chance to share her love of nature and sustainability with her friends, family and community. 

Board

Sarah Reid

Sarah Reid

President

Rod Griffiths

Rod Griffiths

Vice President

Jenny Edwards

Jenny Edwards

Vice President

Kathy Ehmann

Kathy Ehmann

Secretary

Linda Xia

Linda Xia

Treasurer

Marcus Hassall

Marcus Hassall

Board Member

Warwick Cathro

Warwick Cathro

Board Member

Victoria Herbert

Victoria Herbert

Board Member

Annika Reynolds

Annika Reynolds

Board Member

Vivienne Pearce

Vivienne Pearce

Board Member

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