The TLC Board contribute their time and considerable expertise voluntarily. We are exceedingly fortunate to be guided by their diverse expertise from a range of professional backgrounds.

Jennie Churchill

Board Chair

Jennie has more than 30 years leadership and management experience across a range of professional fields including media, veterinary science/small business, not-for-profit leadership and government advisory roles. A former CEO of the Veterinary Science Foundation at the University of Sydney, Jennie held senior roles with a number of NFPs including AMRRIC (Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities) and the Australian Common Ground Alliance. Jennie joined the TLC Board in November 2012.

Julian von Bibra

Board Vice Chair

Julian von Bibra is a farmer at 'Beaufront', a family property, running from the Macquarie River to the Eastern Tiers, at Ross in the Midlands of Tasmania.

He was educated in Commerce at Melbourne University and The Royal Agricultural College Cirencester in the UK. The family farm at Ross is 12,400 hectares and contains considerable Conservation Values.

The family also manages a higher rainfall property in the North-Eastern tip of Tasmania at Gladstone covering 6,300 hectares.

Dr Vanessa Adams

Dr Vanessa Adams is a Senior Lecturer in Conservation and Planning at the University of Tasmania. Her research focuses on modelling dynamic social-ecological systems to inform conservation decisions that improve ecosystems and the communities they support. Vanessa was raised in New Mexico, in the USA, but currently calls Australia home. She has worked in roles ranging from actuarial analyst for global consulting firm Mercer HR to research scientist at universities. She spent a year as a Fulbright scholar conducting research at University of Queensland in 2004 and completed her PhD at James Cook University in 2011. Prior to coming to Tasmania in 2018, she worked as a researcher and lecturer at universities including University of Queensland and Macquarie University. Vanessa regularly partners with relevant government agencies and NGOs to develop solutions for a range of conservation problems.

Stephen Atkinson

Stephen has spent more than 20 years as an investment manager of institutional funds, encompassing Australian smaller companies, listed property and global emerging companies. For the past 11 years Stephen has been a Portfolio Manager and Director of Adam Smith Asset Management, a boutique institutional fund manager specialising in small and micro-cap companies. Prior investment roles included positions at the firms Credit Suisse Asset Management, Deutsche Asset Management and Pictet et Cie (London).

Clare Bower

Clare has 20 years’ experience in providing financial and operational audit, governance and risk advice to Australian and global organisations including major ASX listed companies, public sector departments and the not-for-profit sector. Her most recent role was as a senior partner at Deloitte where she was the Lead Partner of the Australian Risk Services Public Sector and Not-for-Profit industry group. She was a founding Director of the Deloitte Foundation and a recognised advocate of work place diversity as an executive of the firm’s Inspiring Women program. Clare is the Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee. She is a Director of Smart Recovery Australia and Treasurer of the Australian Watercolour Institute. Clare holds a degree in History and Philosophy (BA Hons), is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, studied post graduate accounting at the University of Technology Sydney and is a Certified Internal Auditor.

Dr Ian Cresswell

Ian Cresswell has had a successful career in government and science, managing natural resource management agencies and programs to sustainably achieve balanced economic, social and environmental benefits. He moved to Tasmania in 2005 to head up the National Oceans Office and has lived here ever since. Ian has extensive experience in providing high-level advice to government and industry on environmental and sustainability issues.

Ian most recently led CSIRO’s biodiversity and freshwater ecological science program. He also championed the development of Indigenous-led science in CSIRO. In the 1990s Ian played a key role in establishing the National Reserve System (NRS), the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas (NRSMPA), and the Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA) program; later, he was Director of the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS).

Ian remains actively involved in major multi-institutional collaborations such as the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI). He maintains an ongoing research interest in environmental economic accounting, multiple-use management and coastal systems.

Peter Downie

A member of the farming community in Tasmania's biodiversity hotspot of the midlands, Peter's family have grazed sheep and cattle in Tasmania for 150 years. Peter is part of a growing number of private landowners who are pioneering alternative ways to generate on-farm income, whilst protecting the high biodiversity values on their land. In 1997 he was invited to join a reference group advising the United Nations Convention on Climate Change in Kyoto. Peter was appointed to the TLC Board in November 2012.

Erika Korosi

Erika is an experienced sustainability leader with deep and broad expertise across a range of aspects including environmental management, climate resilience and mitigation, nature based solutions, water stewardship and human and indigenous rights. Her career has spanned strategy setting and implementation, risk governance, stakeholder engagement and partnering within corporate and philanthropic settings across Australia and internationally. Erika currently works for the BHP Foundation leading their approach to risk governance.

Professor Ted Lefroy

Ted is an agricultural scientist with 15 years’ experience in rural development and extension in Australia and Papua New Guinea and 30 years in agricultural and environmental research in Australia for state governments, CSIRO and universities. After graduating with a degree in agricultural science from the University of Western Australia, Ted held research positions with the WA Department of Agriculture, The University of Western Australia and CSIRO studying the environmental impacts of agriculture. This led to a PhD and editing the book Agriculture as a Mimic of Natural Ecosystems published by Kluwer in 2000. In 2005 Ted moved to the University of Tasmania to take up the position of Director of the Centre for Environment. In that role he worked with geographers, ecologists, economists and social researchers to assess the effectiveness of publicly funded programs designed to improve water quality and nature conservation in agricultural landscapes and develop approaches for landscape scale management of biodiversity. Ted is a Member of the Royal Society of Tasmania and a Member of the Ecological Society of Australia.

Professor Jan McDonald

Professor Jan McDonald is an environmental and climate law specialist based at the School of Law and Centre for Marine Socioecology at the University of Tasmania. Before coming to Tasmania in 2010, Jan was Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program and Professor of Environmental Law and Policy in the Griffith School of Environment. Jan has worked with local, state and national governments and NGOs on environmental and climate change adaptation issues, in Australia and the Pacific Region.

Mark Temple-Smith

Mark graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Batchelor of Laws in 1975 and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 1976. Between 1979 and 2015 he was a partner in, and Principal of, a Devonport law firm. Mark practiced for fifteen years as a barrister and solicitor in the civil and criminal jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, and then for twenty five years providing advice to individuals and corporations in commercial, property, planning, estate and trust law. He has been a member of the Tasmanian Bar Association, a committee member of the Tasmanian Law Council and a member of the Tasmanian Legal Disciplinary Tribunal. Mark retired from legal practice in 2015.

Mark has been actively involved as a member, Board appointee, Secretary and President of a number of community not for profit organisations.