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Hon. Phil Honeywood (Chairperson)

Phil Honeywood was elected to the Legislative Assembly seat of Warrandyte in 1988 at 28 years of age. Over the 18 year period that he represented Warrandyte he became a strong advocate for this environmentally sensitive area with its important urban fringe State Park and significant Green Wedge areas. With the election of the Coalition State Government in 1992, Mr Honeywood became Chairman of the Melbourne Parks and Waterways Advisory Council and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier. From 1996 to 1999 he was Minister for Tertiary Education and Training and Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs. From 1999 to 2002 Mr Honeywood was Shadow Minister for Education and from 2002 to 2006 Deputy Leader of the State Opposition during which time he also served for several years as Shadow Minister for the Environment.
 
Since retiring from politics in 2006, Mr Honeywood has worked in senior management positions in the international education industry. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) a peak industry body. Community involvement includes Chairman of Victech (370 Degrees) a not for profit Group Training Company and being a volunteer adviser to the Bennelong Foundation.
 

Ms Joanne Duncan

Joanne Duncan was elected to the Legislative Assembly seat of Gisborne in 1999 (later transferring to Macedon in 2002) which she represented until her retirement from politics in 2014.

During her time in Parliament, Joanne was a member of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee (1999 to November 2010 and May 2011 to November 2014).

Joanne Duncan is currently chairing the stakeholder reference group for the review of the native vegetation permitted clearing regulations.  The stakeholder reference group is a forum for key stakeholders to raise and share their views on the regulations to inform the review.

 

Ms Anna Kilborn

Anna Kilborn is an environmental planner and consultant, with extensive experience across Australia in natural resource management, regional infrastructure projects, strategic planning and policy development. She has previously served on the Regional Development Australia's Gippsland Committee and Planning Panels Victoria, and is currently a non-executive director and deputy chair on the board of South Gippsland Water Corporation. Anna lives in regional Victoria and is committed to integrated planning and community involvement in planning and decision-making.

 

Dr Charles Meredith

Charles Meredith is an ecologist and consultant with extensive experience in natural systems and conservation planning. After an early career in wildlife research, Dr Meredith founded the ecological and heritage consulting firm Biosis Research P/L and was CEO there from 1984 until he retired in 2011. During that time, he worked on environmental impact assessments of many major projects, prepared a broad range of natural area management plans, and provided strategic and policy advice on environmental matters to a diverse array of organisations, both public and private. Dr Meredith has regularly served on committees and advisory boards for NGOs, professional bodies and government. He is an Inaugural Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia.

 

Dr Geoffrey Wescott

Geoff is Associate Professor of Environment in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University's Melbourne (Burwood) campus.  He is a past Chair of the Marine and Coastal Community Network and the Victorian National Parks Advisory Council and has served on many government bodies including the Board of Parks Victoria, the Victorian Coastal Council and the federal government's National Oceans Advisory Group.  He is currently a Director of Zoos Victoria and is Chairing the Expert Panel aiding the preparation of a new Marine and Coastal Act.

Geoff has authored/edited five books and has published over 170 papers, chapters and articles and is a Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.