MEET THE TEAM

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

Project 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.

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.

Patrick O'Leary

Senior 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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My Country, Our Outback

Voices from the land on hope and change in Australia’s heartland

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Only a small number of vast natural landscapes—wild regions where ecological processes and the movement of wildlife function normally—remain on Earth. The Australian Outback is one of them.

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The Modern Outback

Nature, people and the future of remote Australia

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The Outback is the vast heartland of Australia. It includes places of exquisite beauty and wildness. It is an area of extremes, alternately lush and bountiful, harsh and inhospitable. The people and land of the Outback embody much that is most distinctive and characteristic of Australia. Yet while the Outback is quintessentially Australian, it is also a place of international consequence.