Outback to Oceans Australia

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Meet the Team

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Dr Barry Traill

Director

Barry (B.J.) Traill directs Pew’s work in Australia, collaborating with partner organisations to secure protection for the nation’s natural heritage on land and at sea.

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Michelle Grady

Director

Michelle Grady leads Pew’s marine protection efforts in Australia, working with conservation, science, and community partners to safeguard unique marine life and ecosystems. She has over 20 years of experience in Australian conservation advocacy, organisational and campaign management, and policy advice to government.

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Pepe Clarke

Project Director

Pepe Clarke leads Pew’s program work across Outback Australia. Working with individual campaign managers, Clarke oversees Pew’s Indigenous land management, Kimberley and Outback Western Australia campaigns.

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Mitch Hart

Officer

Mitch Hart is the manager for Pew’s marine work in the Northern Territory, an area with coasts and seas at risk from growing pressures such as development and industry. Working with the broader NT community, tourism operators, recreational fishers and Indigenous groups, Hart is implementing Pew’s goals to ensure these areas remain healthy.

Before joining Pew, Hart worked on several election campaigns, including Australia’s GetUp drive to change how political campaigns are run, and for which he was responsible for training, recruiting and developing volunteers in Brisbane. Before that, Hart was a key member of the Together Queensland campaign, organising and building grassroots turnout.

Hart lives in Darwin and graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Laws degree.

Fiona Maxwell

Deputy Director

Fiona Maxwell manages Pew’s work in Queensland, working with Indigenous groups, graziers and others to implement Pew’s goals of increasing nature refuges in the state and growing the resources available to Indigenous Ranger groups. She also works to ensure that the Channel Country rivers and floodplains are protected for their environmental, agricultural and cultural value.

Maxwell has extensive experience on conservation campaigns in Queensland. Prior to joining Pew, she was the marine parks campaign manager for the Australian Marine Conservation Society and served as the Great Barrier Reef campaigner for GetUp in Queensland, leading the organisation’s campaign there.

Maxwell lives in Brisbane and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Griffith University, where she majored in marine biology, wildlife biology and environmental science.

Tim Nicol

Officer

Tim Nicol manages Pew’s work in the Kimberley in Western Australia. He oversees campaign alliances working for new marine and national parks in the Kimberley, and assisting to support the regions Indigenous Ranger and Indigenous Protected Area programs.

Tim began his career as an ocean engineer working in offshore construction and design. In 2006 he left engineering to work as the resources liaison officer with the Conservation Council of WA. In this role he ran cooperative relationships with industry and government, campaigns on various mining and oil and gas issues as well as protecting endemic fauna and flora. In 2009, Tim became the coordinator and media spokesperson for the Save Our Marine Life alliance. The campaign was successful in establishing the world’s first national marine network of marine parks and sanctuaries around Australia.

He is a graduate of Australian Maritime College and lives in Perth.

David Mackenzie

Officer

David Mackenzie runs Pew’s Western Australia Outback program. Previously, he was the marine program manager for the Conservation Council of WA and oversaw its role in creating the world’s largest network of marine parks and sanctuaries.

Prior to his marine campaign work, David was the director of The Wilderness Society WA where he oversaw the group’s role in the development of Gondwana Link, Western Australia’s first landscape-scale conservation project. He also directed its role to protect Western Australia’s old growth forests, save Ningaloo Reef, increase protection of Ningaloo Marine Park, and to protect the Great Western Woodlands, the world’s largest remaining temperate woodland.

He is a graduate of Edith Cowan University and lives in Perth.

Patrick O'Leary

Officer

Patrick “Paddy” O'Leary is Pew’s conservation partnership manager working on Indigenous land management issues across Australia’s Outback.  His efforts focus on growing the nation's protected area and ranger programs, considered to be the world's finest.

O’Leary has more than two decades of experience with environmental issues at the state and federal level. He began his conservation career working on forest protection at Environment Victoria and then shifted his focus to Australia’s north. He served as the Northern Territory regional coordinator for the Marine and Coastal Community Network, then as a marine policy officer for the Northern Land Council.  In 2006, he was a policy officer for the Northern Territory Government, covering issues that included climate change and marine protected areas.

He is a graduate of Monash University and lives in Canberra.

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