Our Executive Director Helen Oakey is leaving us to take up a new position with Market Forces, based in Melbourne. She will finish up at the Council on Friday October 28th.
 
Helen has been at the helm of the Conservation Council since March 2019. She oversaw the development of the Council’s 2020 ACT Election campaign, delivering a strong election platform, events for stakeholders and community, and an assessment of election commitments. She instigated two community engagement campaigns, Make the Switch and Make the Move, and has been a strong advocate for the ACT transitioning off the fossil gas network. Helen has worked with stakeholder groups on issues including Red Hill Nature Reserve, increasing areas of biodiversity protection in the ACT, and the campaign to protect Lawson grasslands. She worked with Government to establish the Biodiversity Conservation Forum to facilitate engagement between government and biodiversity stakeholders. Looking to the future, Helen was instrumental in the ACT’s first ever Circular Economy Symposium – an event to build the local discussion about a society that is kinder on the environment, using less resources, more carefully.
 
The Board would like to thank Helen for her enormous contribution to the Conservation Council over the last three years. We are very sad to see her go but are extremely grateful for all her work ensuring that the Council is an effective, influential and financially sound organisation, and in great shape for its next Executive Director.
 
We have commenced recruitment for a new Executive Director – find out more about the position on Ethical Jobs