Our Board

NRM South is an independent non-statutory body constituted under the provisions of the Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Act 2002 and incorporated and operated in accordance with the Tasmanian Incorporated Associations Act 1964. NRM South was declared as a Regional Committee under the Act on 17 April 2003.

The NRM South Board is responsible for fulfilling the requirements of a regional committee under the Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Act 2002 as well as for the provision of effective governance and strategic guidance to NRM South.

Board members


Andrew Scanlon is Principal Consultant, Andrew Scanlon and Associates, providing sustainability and environmental management services to industry. Andrew has specialist skills in management system development, environmental auditing and communications and has managed sustainability, environment and safety for a major Australian organisation. He has conducted environmental impact and sustainability assessments on hydro-electric projects in a number of countries, as well as wind farm, gas pipeline and transmission projects in Australia. He has presented on various topics at a large number of international conferences, delivered training programs and workshops in a variety of countries and has been behind the development of guidelines and protocols within the hydro industry. Andrew is a Life Member of the International Hydropower Association and Chairman of the Tasmanian Racing Club.

CLAIRE ELLIS – Deputy Chair

Dr Claire Ellis currently runs her own company, Claire Ellis Consulting, focusing on tourism. She grew up in Tasmania, but also spent 14 years living and working overseas, mostly in Asia, working across both tourism and conservation. Claire has owned and operated her own tourism company, been an employee for tourism operators and NFP conservation agencies, worked in Federal and State Government, and been an academic and researcher as well as working as a consultant. Her expertise is around tourism destination management, regional development and experiential product development and she focuses on building sustainability and strong stakeholder engagement. Claire currently works across much of Australia, is a Board member of Volunteering Tasmania, Deputy Chair of Ecotourism Australia and a Board Member of the Australian Wildlife Collection. She is a graduate of the AICD’s Company Director course, holds a PhD is from the School of Geography and Environmental Studies at UTAS (volunteer tourism) and is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania.


Dr Phillipa McCormack is a lawyer and academic at the University of Tasmania. She began her career as a solicitor at an international commercial law firm, providing advice to state and local governments and large corporations on land use planning and natural resources law. She was awarded a PhD in law from the University of Tasmania in 2018 for her thesis titled Australia’s legal frameworks for biodiversity conservation: facilitating adaptation in a rapidly changing world. Phillipa teaches Administrative Law at the University of Tasmania and continues to research conservation and climate change adaptation law. She has published in high‑ranking journals, in collaboration with lawyers, scientists and policy makers, and was recently invited to give evidence at the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction record. Phillipa is an editor for the Australian Environment Review, and a member of the Centre for Marine Socioecology, the Institute for the Study of Social Change and the Australian Forum for Climate Intervention Governance.


Rick Perrin is a qualified land use planner with Joule Logic – a small Tasmanian renewable energy consultancy.  Rick has extensive Tasmanian local government land use planning and environmental management experience for large scale renewable energy projects.  Rick has been engaged in project management roles and lobbying Commonwealth and State Government for the Business Development section of Hydro Tasmania. Rick has worked as a research scientist for the Commonwealth Government and as a local council strategic planner.  Rick has a Master of Environmental Science degree and a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Planning qualification.  He is a graduate of the AICD’s Company Director course.  Rick takes an active role in the Huon Valley community including participating in Landcare projects and local community initiatives such as playground redevelopment and kayak facilities on the Huon River.


Peter is a Registered Forestry Professional and is currently the Chief Forest Practices Officer with the Forest Practices Authority.  Peter studied forest science at ANU, graduating in 1981.  His 40 year career in forestry has entirely been in Tasmania and he has considerable overseas experience including China, Chile and NZ.  After an early career in forest genetics research, Peter has worked in private and government sectors, mostly in plantation and native forest silviculture.  He has a PhD in forest genetics and an MBA (Environmental Management) both from UTas.  He has a long history of working with the agricultural sector to promote tree growing and conservation of remnant forest patches.  Peter has also worked as an advisor on forestry to an assistant Minister in the Commonwealth government.  He has published over 20 articles in scholarly journals and book chapters on farm forestry and government. Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Foresters of Australia and a Member of the Environment Institute of Australia and NZ, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Commonwealth Forestry Association and the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network.


Dr. Anh Nguyen owns and runs Torch Bearer Wines Estate. She was born and raised in the old quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam. She spent most of her adult life in Canada, USA, and Sydney working  as a researcher and engineer. Anh finally made the career switch to her passion – farming and wine making – thus making Tasmania home. Anh is an advocate of natural farming, natural conservation, sustainability, and smart farming technology (IoT and AI) in agriculture. She won the prestigious AgriFutures Rural Woman Award for the state of Tasmania in 2019. Anh holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a member of AICD’s Company Director Course.


Anita has specialised in providing business advisory services to the small and medium enterprise sectors for over 20 years.  Anita’s diverse experience has been gained through working closely with clients from all industry sectors, along with having key stakeholder relationships in not-for-profit organisations and providing services to assist with their deliverables and funding – either by way of advisor or by sitting on the Board. Anita’s experience is broadened by currently running her own business, enabling her to combine her own entrepreneurial qualities with her passion for the business sector and the economic growth of Tasmania.  Anita also sits on the Hobart Women’s Shelter Board as Treasure and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Registered Tax agent and a graduate of the AICD.