Meet the committee - Environment Tasmania

Meet the committee

Wes Young - Chair


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. In his spare time you are likely to find Wes out on the water,

Austra Maddox - Deputy Chair


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. 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.


India Beecroft - Secretary 



India Beecroft is a law student andndiIndia Beecroft is a law student and activisa Beecroft is a law student and activist who’s bringing some youthful vibes to our Committee. India has worked on projects with UTAS’ International Justice Initiative and is passionate about climate justice. She grew up in the Huon Valley, witnessing first hand the impacts of the expansion of industrial salmon farms and has volunteered her time to improve regulation of the industry.
Andrew Mitchell - Treasurer 


Andrew Mitchell has experience running companies in the education sector. He has extensive governance experience in the areas of human rights and community development.