James is the Chief Executive Officer for the Tasmanian Land Conservancy; his passion is centred on nature and connecting people to the natural world through shared experiences, storytelling and community involvement.
Having commenced his career as an ecologist working for government and not-for-profit organisations in Victoria and Tasmania, James now has over ten years’ experience in the conservation sector, with skills spanning well beyond the scientific principles of conservation.
From the implementation and application of conservation covenants and philanthropic programs, to marketing, communications, community engagement and not-for-profit governance, James’ holistic understanding and approach to achieving nature conservation acknowledges and values the economic, cultural and social benefits it provides us all. His involvement with a diversity of projects exemplifies this passionate approach – from his position as a Board member of one of Australia’s leading literary journals, Island Magazine, to his role as a member of the international steering committee for CoalitionWild, a not-for-profit organization that galvanizes, connects, and equips the world’s young change-makers to tackle our planet’s greatest conservation and sustainability challenges.
James is also a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas – one of the six expert Commissions of the International Union for Conservation of Nature – and is an active contributor to the Young Professionals Network of the Commission and its Oceania regional focal point.