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).


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).


Ben Hooper

(MBA (Ag Inv), GradCertMgt, GradCertAgbus, AvdDipFBM)

Ben is the owner of 'Springmere Estate', a family farming business focused on livestock production near Beaconsfield in northern Tasmania. He is an active participant in Landcare activities on the farm, a member of the board of Tamar NRM (a Landcare Tas member group), and Chair of the Tamar Branch of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association. Ben has extensive experience in representative organisations, having held positions and roles in Sheep Meat Council of Australia, the TFGA Red Meat Council and Cattle Council of Australia.


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