Keynote speakers


Keith Bradby

Community Ecologist

Keith Bradby  is currently Chief Executive Officer of Gondwana Ltd and Chair WA Landcare Network Inc. Keith is a long-time advocate for the ecological values of south-western Australia.  He has been involved with the landcare movement since its inception, and has had roles with his local landcare groups, in managing government programs and developing key government policies affecting landcare. As a businessman he has operated beekeeping and native seed businesses, consulted to the mining sector and worked in local enterprise development. He conspired with friends to establish the Gondwana program in 2002.  Keith was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2015 for service to conservation and the environment in Western Australia.

Matthew ClarkMatthew Clark

Policy Manager
New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage

Matthew Clark is a policy manager in the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage with a professional background in social policy. From 2006 to 2015, Matthew worked in policy development at the Department of Premier and Cabinet including on refugee settlement and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. In 2015, Matthew joined the team developing the NSW coastal management reforms and was appointed acting director for coastal policy from late 2016 to mid-2017.


Naomi Edwards

Naomi Edwards is a disrupter of institutions. Her honest opinions have inspired thought provoking conversations on how to re-think ways we tackle wicked problems.

Having found herself being deeply caught inside the web of decision-making circles and institutional networks responsible for coastal and natural resource management, it’s of no surprise that she is currently researching a Phd about coastal management professionals and their engagement in institutions at Griffith University. She is a leader for sustainability fellow from the United Nations University, and in 2016 was awarded as a National Young Landcare champion and ambassador for her commitment to social and environmental justice. 

She is highly regarded for multiple award-winning coastal and natural resource management initiatives that engage the community in different ways. Her most recent transformational engagement adventure is Intrepid Landcare, a national organisation that connects and inspires young people to act and lead with Landcare.


Greg Fisk

National Practice Leader (Environment)

Greg is the Market Lead for environment studies at marine science consultancy BMT, based in Brisbane.  With over 20 years of public and private sector experience in Australia, the US and the UK, Greg has a keen interest in all matters within and neighbouring the foreshore.  He has extensive experience working with local governments in estuary, coastal zone and climate change studies as well as marine planning and port dredging projects.  Some of his current projects include involvement in State Government reforms to the management of the marine estate in New South Wales and coastal hazard adaptation strategies being developed by local governments across Queensland.  


Noel NannupNoel Nannup

Cultural teacher Noel Nannup was named Male Elder of the year at the Naidoc Perth Awards on Sunday. The renowned storyteller, mentor and guide is the Cultural Ambassador and Elder-in-Residence for Edith Cowan University where he works on community and cultural projects. His father Charles William Nannup lived and worked around Mundaring Weir for many years. As heritage consultant with Indigenous Tours WA, Dr Nannup established the Swan River Tour in 2009, the Rottnest Island Tour in 2008 and the Kings Park Tour in 2004. Previous awards include recognition for contributions to higher education for Aboriginal people in WA and he was a finalist in the WA Citizen of the Year (Culture and Arts) Awards in 2005.


Mike Rowe

Acting Director General
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Mike Rowe is the interim Director General of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in Western Australia, which was established on 1 July 2017.  Mike moved into the new role following three years as the Director General of the former Department of Water. Prior to this, he was Executive Director of Policy at the Department of Regional Development.

Having worked in a variety of leadership, policy, advisory and delivery roles since 1993, Mike is an experienced member of the Western Australian Government's senior executive service. His experience spans a number of natural resources management portfolios such as agriculture, environment and water, as well as central agencies including the Public Sector Commission and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Mike studied environmental science and holds postgraduate qualifications in social research and program evaluation and public sector management.


Nana Tseasewaa III 

Queen of Gwira Akyinim

Nana Tseasewaa III (the third) is the queenmother of Gwira Akyinim, Elmina. Since her enstoolment in 2005, Nana's participation in the local festival, Edina Bakatue (i.e. de-silting the Elmina lagoon), she recognised the practical role the sea and the Benya Lagoon play in the socio-cultural and economic life of the people. She however, became worried at the way human activities were affecting these natural resources and how over reliance on the formal government structures has not earned the desired response. Nana has therefore become a strong advocate by sensitising colleagues and using every opportunity to reiterate the need for more chiefs and queenmothers' role as traditional leaders in natural resource and environmental protection, as well as participation in the formulation and enforcement of related policies. Though culturally, her gender seem to pose some limitations, she has not relented on her desire to recover the strategic role of traditional leaders within Elmina and her concern in the Central Region.


Adrian Ward

Program Director
Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists

Dr Adrian Ward is an ecological economist and Program Director (Natural Capital) at the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. He has spent the last decade or so working in government, industry and not-for-profit organisations focused on carbon and green financing and sustainable natural resource management in Australia and internationally.