After more than 32 years, Colin Jackson CEO of Conservation Volunteers retired on 30th June 2017. It is impossible to overstate his contribution, having led the organisation from a very early stage as a regionally based community group, to a trans-Tasman organisation.
His leadership and passion for connecting people to their environment has enabled us to become a trusted partner of governments, corporate businesses and community organisations across Australia and New Zealand. His innovative style has provided a framework for hundreds of thousands of people to volunteer their time to contribute to environmental conservation, and make our world a better place.
During Colin’s farewell, the Conservation Volunteers Board of Directors honoured Colin’s contribution by naming our Head Office building in Ballarat, The C J Jackson OAM Building. Conservation Volunteers purchased the Head Office building in 2015, to secure both our future and commitment to the city where Conservation Volunteers was founded. The sign was presented to Colin by Chairman, Gerry Morvell.
Phil Harrison has been appointed as CEO. Phil brings a wealth of knowledge and 31 years of experience working at Conservation Volunteers throughout various departments including operations, corporate partnerships and, in recent times, the Federal Government Program Green Army. He will lead the organisation into this exciting new era, and is looking forward to working with our partners to ensure the continuing success of our organisation.