David has qualifications in agriculture and rural development and is the self-employed owner/manager of a 500 hectare farm and project manager for several landcare groups. David completed the Williamson Community Leadership Program in 1992, a Churchill Fellowship in 1994 and the Australian Rural Leadership program in 1997. Based in Australia, David is currently a Pyrenees Shire Councillor, having served in the same role from 1996-2004, and as Mayor in 2003-04 and 2009-10. He is also an inaugural member and Chair of the North Central CMA Board, a member of the Victorian Catchment Management Council, and has been a Board Member at Conservation Volunteers since 1984.
Phil Harrison – CEO
Born in the UK, Phil attained a 1st Class Hons degree in Management Studies before embarking on a career pathway in the business world. In his early 20s, Phil saw the light and chose to follow his passion for environment volunteering by joining Conservation Volunteers. Over the subsequent 30 years, Phil has worked with Conservation Volunteers across Australia as a volunteer, team leader, Regional Manager, State Manager, National Program Manager, Director of Corporate and Government Partnerships and National Coordinator of major initiatives such as Green Corps and Green Army. Based in Australia, Phil became CEO of Conservation Volunteers in July 2017 and his leadership combines a comprehensive and deep experience of the organisation, with a continuing passion for conservation volunteering and a clear vision for its exciting future.
Aaron is the current General Manager for Conservation Volunteers New Zealand. Having undertaken various leadership roles for Conservation Volunteers Australia, Aaron has returned to his country of birth to lead the team and vision in Aotearoa. Aaron resides in Piha, Auckland where he is able to experience the unique nature of the Waitakere’s and fulfil his passion for surfing. It’s this love of nature that drove Aaron to complete a Masters of Environmental Management and pursue a career in conservation. Aaron is a strong believer in the value Conservation Volunteers New Zealand brings in supporting communities to protect and restore New Zealand’s nature.
Eddie lives in the Coromandel region of New Zealand and holds the position of Chief Executive for the Vision Waihi Trust. The Trust plays a key role in ensuring the community of Waihi has a viable, vibrant and economically sustainable future. He has a strong understanding of the merits of developing private/public partnerships that deliver mutually beneficial outcomes and wider community benefits. His commercial background includes; business management, business ownership and regional economic development & tourism project management. Eddie has been a Board Member of Conservation Volunteers since 2010.