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.


Dr Christine Crawford has extensive experience at a state, national and international level in research and management of natural resources, especially estuarine, coastal and marine environments. She has represented Tasmania on national committees and presented at numerous international conferences on the Tasmanian marine environment, especially related to aquaculture and estuarine health. Christine is currently a part-time consultant and part-time Senior Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania. She has been a member of the Tasmanian Scientific Advisory Committee (Threatened Species), is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the international journal Aquaculture, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chair of the External Policy and Advisory Panel for Aquafish Cooperative Research (a USAID-funded program), and a member of NRM South’s Audit and Risk Committee. Christine has a strong interest in governance, science communication and community engagement.


Michael has professional experience in planning, developing and delivering NRM.  He is a past member of the Wellington Park Management Trust and the Inland Fisheries Advisory Council.  Michael has also served previously on the NRM South Board and the Southern Councils NRM Committee where he was the urban council’s representative. As an NRM practitioner he has implemented stream management projects, bushland restoration and weed management programs locally regionally and across the state. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania in the School of Land and Food where he is inquiring into shared management approaches for water resources and is interested in how NRM associations can facilitate collaboration in water governance. Michael is a registered bush fire management practitioner, providing bushfire risk assessments and advice for mitigating bushfire risks, and building advice and sign off for planning requirements that call for bushfire management plans.

Helen has nearly 20 years’ experience in natural values conservation and management, working principally for the DPIPWE in various roles relating to public and private land conservation. She currently manages the Department’s Private Land Conservation Program, which is responsible for establishing new conservation covenants under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 and supporting the ongoing stewardship and administration of the existing covenant estate.  She chairs the Department’s Property Assessment Group and is a member of the Healthy Landscapes Group, the Hobart Fire Management Area Committee, the Huon Valley NRM Advisory Group, the Midlands Conservation Fund Assessment Committee and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy’s Property Committee. Helen has a strong interest in leadership and governance, and is passionate about ensuring environmental programs deliver positive outcomes for the community.


Peter has enjoyed a varied work and academic life. He is a town planner and spent a number of years with the Department of Environment and Land Management (and its successors) as, at various times, Manager of the National Estate Grants Program, Departmental Liaison Officer to the Environment Minister (at the time, Peter Hodgman), Director of the Tasmanian Heritage Council, and later as a consultant on the Crown Land Shack Site project. In more recent years he has worked in the UK, for the Somerset County Council developing a land management strategy, and for the North Dorset District Council writing up a 20-year commercial land plan. He is currently Chief of Staff to the Independent Member Denison, Andrew Wilkie MP. Peter is also a qualified CPA accountant, a qualified Chartered Accountant, a graduate of the AICD’s Company Director course and holds a PhD is from the School of Government at UTAS. His other current directorships are Chair of Holyoake Tasmania (an NGO that provides counselling services for people affected by addiction), and a board member of Community Based Support (an NGO providing home care for the elderly and disabled).


Dr Jennie Whinam worked as a senior ecologist for Tasmania’s World Heritage Areas at DPIPWE for 25 years. Jennie has undertaken extensive research into vegetation conservation and management issues relating to alpine areas, Sphagnum peatlands, Subantarctic islands, climate change, biosecurity and fire. Jennie is actively involved in several national and international research projects relating to peatlands, fire impacts and vegetation recovery and vegetation conservation (climate change and post-pest recovery) in the Subantarctic. Jennie is currently Natural Heritage Councillor on the Australian Heritage Council and is Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Tasmania. Jennie is keen to ensure that NRM projects have a strong scientific basis and are likely to lead to on-ground conservation outcomes and/or adaptive management strategies.


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.


Tom Dunbabin was a farmer and land manager for 35 years running a 9000 ha grazing business encompassing Bangor at Dunalley and The Quoin at Ross. Conservation covenants were placed on 1/3 of both properties. Tom is a founding member of the Tasman Landcare Group and has held executive positions since its inception 25 years ago. The group supports land owners throughout the Tasman and Sorell municipalities to sustainably manage their properties assisting with planning, revegetation and weed control. He received the Nature Conservation National Landcare Award in 1996 and the McKell Medal in 2005 for his land management practices.

Tom’s on-ground experience and strategic involvement in Landcare at state and national levels with both industry and government give him a unique perspective and understanding of Australia’s greatest environmental movement.