Meet the committee

Don Thompson - Chair


Don Thompson has worked for over 40 years in organisational, program and project management, facilitation, grant management and policy development in biodiversity, sustainable production, natural resources, project and program evaluation, environmental design, education and community development fields for non-government and government organisations.  He is now retired and keen to contribute to the great work of Environment Tasmania.

Austra Maddox - Secretary


Austra Maddox has been involved with environmental issues for decades, both on campaigns and through political activity. Austra's prime passion is the protection of Tasmania's wild forests. She was a founding member of the Florentine Protection Society, and an active member of the Forest Reference Group during the Forest Peace Deal negotiations. Austra has had a varied background - federal public servant, welfare issues, union leader, active factional member in the past, and more latterly State Convenor of political parties. She has been involved with a wide range of submissions on environmental matters, including Forest Stewardship Council issues in relation to Forestry Tasmania. Austra's work has been recognised in being awarded a Life Membership of the C.P.S.U. and having her name added to the Honour Roll of Tasmanian Women.


Lauren McGrow - Secretary 



Lauren McGrow has almost twenty years experience in the community services sector, both in NSW and Tasmania. She completed a Doctorate in Philosophy and has published numerous pieces about working well with marginalised people groups.
Lauren came to Tasmania in a camper-van in 2009 for a six week holiday, and never left! 
She is passionate about Tasmania's wild seas and forests. 
Wes Young


Based in Tasmania, Wes has nearly two decades of experience working in corporate governance, law, policy, communications, strategy – within government, publicly listed companies, start-ups, the not-for-profit sector, and with highly successful
entrepreneurs. This experience allows Wes to provide high-level holistic advice that encompasses legal, reputational and commercial risks, and associated mitigation strategies. Wes specialises in interconnected strategy and the conceptualisation, drafting, management and implementation of complex campaigns, projects and their associated legal frameworks. He formulates and presents strategy, advice, policies, proposals and recommendations that provide sound governance frameworks, and that minimise legal and associated risks in order to drive commercial outcomes. In his spare time you are likely to find Wes out on the water, or under it.


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