Role type

3-year term



Australia’s premier national environmental organisation seeks a chair and two Directors

  • Apply your strong leadership and governance experience
  • Use your superb advocacy and representation skills
  • Leverage your networks and influencing skills

The organisation

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is Australia’s premier national environment organisation. A group of people founded ACF 55 years ago when oil drilling and mining first threatened the Great Barrier Reef. Since then, the ACF community has grown to 700,000 people speaking out to protect Australia’s most loved places – like the Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley, the Daintree, Kakadu and Fraser Island.  It is independent, non-partisan and funded entirely by donations from the community.

The Australian Conservation Foundation is now the largest independent environment organisation in Australia, with annual revenue of $18 million and 90 staff. The organisation is in a very stable position and has been led by the same award-winning Chief Executive Officer, Kelly O’Shanassy, for the past seven years.


The opportunity

Under the constitution of the ACF, the board is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction.  The board is required to ensure that ACF is run efficiently and effectively in terms of management of finances and staff.  The board are seeking two new independently co-opted directors to fulfil these aims.

In addition, ACF is seeking an independently co-opted President.  The President is a leader of ACF. The President shares vision and inspiration within and on behalf of the organisation; chairs the ACF Board and with the Board sets strategies and budget working with the CEO to ensure these are implemented.  The President works closely and collaboratively with the Board, Vice-Presidents and CEO; engages with the ACF Council which appoints and advises the Board; and engages with ACF members, donors, advocates, stakeholders and partners.


Experience, knowledge & skills

Suitable board directors will have:

  • A deep understanding of leadership, organisational governance and experience as board chair.
  • A genuine commitment to people, nature and ACF’s vision and strategy.
  • Belief in the importance of advocacy to achieve transformative outcomes for Australia.
  • Experience in public advocacy, public speaking and ideally donor relationships.
  • Collaborative leadership style forging trusted relationships
  • Integrity, authenticity and driven by principled, ethical behaviours


To apply

People for Purpose are partnering with Australian Conservation Foundation to lead the search for these positions.

We invite you to read the Board Pack here and to review the Australian Conservation Foundation website here.

Once you have absorbed this information and completed your own research, if you have specific questions, please call us on 0468 625 252 or email [email protected]

To apply, as well as your CV, you must submit a cover letter outlining why you are interested in representing Australian Conservation Foundation and how your skills and experience align to this opportunity.