Gerry Morvell – Chairman
Gerry is a consultant on energy and environment issues, and currently advising on a range of renewable energy, low emission technologies and waste management. He was a senior executive in the Australian government where he was responsible for high level policy and program advice to Ministers on a range of environmental issues including environmental assessment, coastal and marine policies, climate change and energy. He has extensive high level experience in international organisations, including work at the United Nations Headquarters. He is also Chairman of the Board of Brown Coal Innovation Australia.
Colin joined CVA in 1985 after 13 years in the Insurance industry. He believes in conservation volunteering and the strength of community /business partnerships. Colin was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to conservation, and the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2005 for service to conservation and the environment through Conservation Volunteers Australia.
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.
Kate Meldrum is currently GM Marketing & Customer Experience at Tourism Holdings Limited, operators of a number of iconic tourism brands in Australia, New Zealand and USA including Britz, Maui, KEA, Kiwi Experience and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Kate has 15 + years’ experience in tourism marketing and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business from Auckland University.
David has qualifications in agriculture and rural development and is the self-employed owner/manager of a 500 hectare farm in central Victoria 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. 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.
Theresa is currently a Nurse within a medical center which she owns with her husband. Theresa lives in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty with her husband and four boys. Theresa is passionate about supporting her community and was the founding trustee/chairman of the Tauranga Garden and Artfest, founded in 1995, founding trustee of the Tauranga Arts Festival both very successful ongoing events, former board member of Bethlehem Foundation, and currently, serving on Acorn Community Foundations Distributions Committee, and is pleased to support conservation in New Zealand by way of serving on the board of CVNZ.