TCA Board - Papua Conservation

TCA Board

The Tenkile Conservation Alliance Board consists of the following members. They are:

Director - Professor Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species. His 32 books include The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into over 20 languages and won the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year award. He has made numerous documentaries and regularly reviews for the New York Review of Books.

He received a Centenary of Federation Medal and in 2002 delivered the Australia Day address. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007 Australian of the Year. In 2011 he was made a Chevalier of the Order of St Charles.

In 1998-9 he was a visiting professor at Harvard, and is a founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and has served on the International Board of WWF.

In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council and from 2011 to 2013 he was Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner. He serves on the Sustainability Advisory Boards of Siemens and Tata Power (India), and is currently the Director of the Australian Climate Council.

Director - Ms Patricia Caswell

Patricia Caswell is passionate about how we combine care for the planet, the survival of our natural ecosystems and species with the development of human rights and the well being of people and communities everywhere. She has been an active supporter of the Tenkile Conservation Alliance.

She has been a CEO and leader; working on issues of sustainability with communities, governments and companies  concentrating on the dimensions of the environment, community issues, economic, and good governance.

She has been a teacher, a trade union leader, CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation, CEO of Plan Australia, an international aid and development organization. She established the Global Sustainability Institute at the RMIT University in Melbourne where she worked with non government organizations, government, business and communities, academics. She also worked with forestry industries in Australia and PNG developing sustainable policies and practices.

She has special experience combining the natural environment and community development in PNG, Australia and in developing countries with Plan International. She is one of the founding Board Directors of PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited completing her term October 2013.

During her term on the PNGSDP Board Ms Caswell visited many communities in PNG, many in very remote places all across the nation. She is committed to contributing to the development of the people of Papua New Guinea, especially creating opportunities for people to gain skills, have jobs, manage their natural environment, so their families are healthy, educated, in touch with their extraordinary history and places as part of a sustainable, 21st century Papua New Guinea.

Director - Dr. Graeme Gillespie

(Based in Melbourne, Australia).
Dr Graeme Gillespie is Director of the Terrestrial Biodiversity Section of the Northern Territory Department of Land Resource Management, based in Darwin. He has spent 26 years in the biodiversity field, working in both applied research and management with State and federal government agencies within Australia, and non-government organisations and universities, both within Australia and Southeast Asia. His main focus has been threatened species conservation and management. Currently Graeme is overseeing a large collaborative research program aimed at addressing the nature of widespread mammal declines across the Top End, and developing more informed management responses.

Director - Mr. Roger Martin

(University of Melbourne).
Roger is a wildlife biologist who has been interested in tree-kangaroos since the mid-1980's. He conducted the first-ever field study of Bennett's Tree-kangaroo in 1989/90 and has maintained an interest in this species ever since. He is currently working on a project to map their current distribution. While mainly interested in the Australian species, Roger made a couple of visits to New Guinea in the early 1990's (with Tim Flannery) to advise on a proposed field study of tenkile in the Lumi area. He has maintained his interest in the tenkile and its conservation through his membership of the board of the Tenkile Conservation Alliance over a number of years. Roger now lives on the Atherton Tablelands, North Queensland and is still active in field-based research there. Early in 2014 he will be embarking on a 3 year study focused on the population biology of Lumholtz Tree-kangaroo on the Tablelands.

He has written extensively on tree-kangaroos and and their biology, being joint author (with Tim Flannery and Alex Szalay) of Tree Kangaroos - a Curious Natural History (1996) and sole author of Tree-kangaroos of Australia and New Guinea (CSIRO Publications, 2005).

Roger is now an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Dept. of Marine and Tropical Biology at James Cook University, Cairns.


TCA Advisory Committee

The TCA Advisory Committee is designed to represent the 50 stakeholder villages at the executive level. It consists of two elected members from each team, a male and a female totalling 16 people. They conduct their own meetings and meet with the TCA Board once a year. Their role is to bring issues, ideas and innovations to the Board Members attention. It provides the stakeholders with a direct line of communication to the TCA Board improving our governance, equity and transparency.

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