David Clark – Chair
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.
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 the country 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. 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.
Darryl Argall farmed for 40 years, retiring from active farming in 2010. Elected inaugural Mayor of Hindmarsh Shire Council in 1997, Darryl spent 12 years on council. He was board member and rural vice president of the Municipal Association of Victoria for 8 years, served 2 years on the Australian Local Government Board and 12 years on the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority. Darryl helped establish the Hindmarsh Landcare Network in 1997 and is currently chair. He joined the Little Desert Flora and Fauna Foundation and Little Desert Lodge’s board for 10 years until gifting it to Conservation Volunteers Australia in 2012. Darryl was inducted into Swinburne University’s Hall of Fame in 2008, and was awarded an Australia Medal in 2010 for work in community development, environmental management and the water industry.
Geoff Gay is a senior manager in EnergyAustralia’s business development team, with a focus on a sustainable future for Yallourn power station and mine. Utilising Victoria’s coal resource in a sustainable manner is a key challenge for EnergyAustralia, and Geoff is responsible for assessing a range of technologies and projects to achieve EnergyAustralia’s objectives. Prior to working for EnergyAustralia, Geoff spent 7 years at UBS Investment Bank, working in mergers and acquisitions in Australia and the United States, followed by 3 years in the Victorian Government in commercial roles. Geoff joined the Conservation Volunteers Australia board in 2012.