Steering Committee

Landscapes and Policy Hub Steering Committee

The hub's Steering Committee is led by the independent chairperson, Professor Barbara Norman, providing overall governance. The committee is responsible for ensuring the hub research plan addresses stated NERP priorities and stakeholder requirements and monitoring progress against milestones.

The hub's steering committee has three distinct roles;

  1. To ensure the alignment of the hub’s research to the policy needs and interests of Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
  2. To connect the hub’s research questions, activities and outputs to relevant practical experience, research activity and policy initiatives outside the department.
  3. To review the annual work plans and progress of the hub and provide strategic advice on its general operation.

The steering committee meets half yearly to review progress, provide support in overcoming challenges and open doors to opportunities for collaboration.


Barbara Norman University of Canberra (Committee Chair)
Allison Woolley
Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks Water and Environment (DPIPWE) 

Andrew Campbell

Charles Darwin University

Brendan Wintle

NERP Environmental Decisions Hub (University of Melbourne)

Carolyn Cameron

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC)

Kathryn Collins

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC)

Pam Green

Independent, former chair NSW Southern Rivers CMA

Peter Jacobs

Independent, formerly of Parks Victoria

Ted Lefroy

Landscapes and Policy Hub


 Barbara Norman – Foundation Chair and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Canberra and Adjunct Professor with ANU. Life Fellow and past National President of the Planning Institute of Australia. Member of the National Climate Change Council, the Climate Adaptation Flagship for CSIRO, Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia (ACT) and jointly set up the Canberra Urban and Regional Plan with Prof Will Steffen (ANU). Has a strong interest in cities and regional adaptation to climate change with coasts and climate change a particular focus.
Allison Woolley – Leader, Threatened Species and Marine Conservation, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (Hobart). Allison’s background is in major project management, policy development and regulatory and assessment advice across a suite of legislation. She managed the development of a strategic assessment under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) for irrigation development in the Midlands of Tasmania. She has worked as an ecologist in non-government organisations, forest industry and government departments on strategic landscape scale conservation, private land conservation, marine energy and policy development across these areas. She has been involved as a technical specialist in reviewing the biodiversity provisions of the Tasmanian Forest Practices Code, development of Tasmania’s state-wide vegetation mapping and development of reserve design approaches for private land component of the Regional Forest Agreement.
Andrew CampbellProfessor and Inaugural Director of the Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University. Chair of the Board of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network (TERN). Previously worked as a consultant on climate, water, energy farming and food and the intersections between them. Was CEO of Land & Water Australia for seven years to 2006 after five years as a senior executive in the Commonwealth Department of Environment. Was involved from the early days of Landcare as the first National Landcare Facilitator. Since 1987 has been running the family farm near Cavendish in western Victoria from a distance with the help of a neighbour.
Brendan Wintle –  is Associate Professor of Conservation Ecology and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Deputy Director of the National Environment Research Program Hub Environmental Decisions, and theme leader in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions. He specialises in uncertainty and environmental decision making and publishes on technical and policy issues around conservation and natural resource management, including optimal conservation investment, optimal monitoring and adaptive management, systematic conservation planning, population viability analysis, habitat modelling and mapping, and decision theory. Brendan works at the interface between policy and science, serving on the Forest Stewardship Council and Australian Forestry Standard reference committees, the Australian Government's Regional Sustainability Planning Advisory Committee, the Australian Government's Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) Advisory Group, and the 'Save the Tasmanian Devil' Scientific Advisory Group. Brendan has a PhD in ecological modelling from the University of Melbourne (2004). He is a member of two international journal editorial boards: Journal of Applied Ecology and Diversity and Distributions. Find out more.
Carolyn Cameron – Strategic Assessment at the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC). Manages landscape scale assessment of plans, policies and programs. Background is urban and regional planning. Until two years ago, worked in state authorities in NSW and Victoria. Is currently working on a new regional planning project to look at matters of national environmental significance in high growth regional settings.
Kathryn Collins – Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC). Responsible for the National Environmental Research Program (National Environmental Research Program) Program as a whole, which has five research hubs and several streams. Holds responsibility for environmental information within the department including the State of Environment reporting. 
Pam Green –  Pam comes from a rural background with extensive small business, not for profit and local government experience. She is a Planning and Development Mediator and expert chair. Current CMA projects include social benchmarking and health impact assessments in the Southern Rivers region. Previously on Land and Water Australia’s Social and Institutional Research program committee, the Natural Heritage Trust Advisory Committee and the Natural Resources Advisory Council for NSW. Current member of the National NRM Regions Working Group and  Convenor of the Regional Environmental Accounts Working Group with the Wentworth Group. Former chair for the Southern Rivers CMA, NSW.
 Peter Jacobs has spent most of his 30-year park management career in and around the Australian Alps and until November 2013 was the Chief Ranger for the Alpine District with Parks Victoria. Nature based tourism has been a major focus, and was the inaugural chair of the Australian Alps National Landscapes Committee which was successful in establishing the Australian Alps as one of Australia’s eight National Landscapes. Also convenor of the Australian Alps Liaison Committee which manages a very successful and innovative cross border co-operative management program between Victoria, NSW, ACT and the Federal Government under which visitor experience and tourism is significant and the achievement of National Heritage status being a recent success. A keen traveller having been immersed in the nature and culture of many of the world’s mountainous areas.
Ted Lefroy – Director of the Centre for Environment at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Landscapes and Policy Research Hub. Has a background agricultural science and worked for departments of agriculture in Qld, Papua New Guinea and WA before turning to research into the environmental consequences of agriculture including the development of perennial farming systems and the integration of biodiversity conservation in productive landscapes. Worked with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems (now Ecosystems Science) for five years before moving to the University of Tasmania in 2005.


This page was last updated on October 13, 2014