Our Board

In 2017 Landcare Tasmania amended it's Constitution to provide for a skills based Board to be responsible for the proper management of the affairs of the organisation. Directors are elected by the membership for a term of 3 years and a maximum of 2 terms (with provision for a third term if needed to fill identified skills needs or for reasons of succession).

We are currently seeking board directors to fill vacant positions. See here for details.

Jonathan Lord (Chair)


Jonathan Lord comes to the Landcare Tasmania Board with 20 years experience in senior business management roles, including 4 years as CEO and Managing Director of Winemaking Tasmania and period on the Board of Australian Vignerons, the peak industry body for wine grape growers in Australia. Jonathan brings a broad range of skills including strategic planning, finance, marketing, professional networking and media and communications.



Josie Kelman (Deputy Chair)

(B. NatEnvt, PhD(EnvMgt))

Josie is a director and principal consultant of Enviro-Dynamics, a Hobart-based consultancy offering services in environmental management including environmental impact assessment, conservation planning and natural resource management. Josie has previously worked for the University of Tasmania, Queensland Herbarium, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment and the University of Queensland. She has a long involvement in practical, on ground planning and delivery of Landcare projects, and is currently Convenor of the Derwent Catchment Project (a Landcare Tas member group).

David Higgins


(B App Sci, Dip Police Studies, Dip Government Compliance)

David Higgins is a Director of Lake River Farms, a property-based Landcare group based around a 1,000 ha property producing livestock, vegetables and cereal crops. David has a long history in environmental management customs and wildlife enforcement, including nine years as head of the Environmental Security Sub-Directorate with Interpol, where he was responsible for the creation, development and management of the organization’s environmental security response. He currently also works as a strategic development consultant for the University of Tasmania in Launceston.

Andrew Bishop

(M Ag Sci, Grad Cert Public Sector Mgt, GAICD)

Andrew Bishop is the Chief Plant Health Manager and Manager of Plant Biosecurity and Diagnostics with the Department of Primary Industries and Environment, with a strong history in other positions in biosecurity and weeds in Tasmania.  He was the author of 'Community Weed Management in Tasmania' - a guide to developing and implementing community weed management strategies in the State. Andrew also has extensive Board experience in the agriculture sector, with six years on the Board of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology including 2 years in the role of Chair.

Kate O'Shannessey

Kate is a highly experienced Senior Executive, having worked in a variety of industries throughout her career including primary health, private practice, metals manufacturing and I.T. Kate is the Chief Executive Officer at General Practice Plus, a Tasmanian group of private General Practice clinics serving the communities of Southern Tasmania. Kate also sits as an Executive Director at Eat Well Tasmania and uses her corporate leadership and financial expertise to support the growth and ongoing success of this local entity.

Kate is an alumni of the Tasmanian Leaders Program, a FCPA and MAICD. She is passionate about ensuring Tasmania and its residents can continue to thrive in a sustainable and respectful way.