The Pilbara Corridors Project is overseen by three representatives from the founding partners:
Dr Gaye Mackenzie (CEO, Rangelands NRM)
Gaye joined Rangelands as an employee in October 2010 but prior to that had been providing monitoring and evaluation and communications support as a consultant for a number of years. She has extensive experience in social research, evaluation and project management across a diverse range of areas. Gaye has a BA in sociology and politics and a PhD in sociology and is passionate about the ‘people’ side of NRM, especially finding ways that people and groups can work together to achieve more than they could on their own. She commenced the position of Chief Executive Officer in January 2014.
Dr Blair Parsons (Director of Conservation – WA, Greening Australia)
Blair has been involved in ecological research, management and consultancy across much of Western Australia. Most recently, Blair led a consultancy team at MWH Outback Ecology in the conduct of biodiversity surveys, threatened species monitoring programmes, environmental impact assessments and biodiversity offsets, with a specific focus on the Pilbara region. Blair’s previous experience (with CSIRO, Australian Wildlife Conservancy and as a PhD student) includes research related to landscape design for avifauna, fire management, threatened mammal reintroductions and monitoring, introduced predator control, reserve optimisation and vegetation mapping. Blair is currently the Director of Conservation for Greening Australia WA and sits on the Executive Committee for the Pilbara Corridors Project.
Dr Stephen van Leeuwen (Assistant Director, Science in Science & Conservation Division at WA Department of Parks and Wildlife)
Dr Stephen van Leeuwen is Assistant Director, Science within the Science and Conservation Division of the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife. Steve is also the Division’s Partnership Manager with responsibilities for developing collaborative relationships to foster biodiversity research in Western Australia. These collaborations are principally with the resources sector, Traditional Owners, academia and through Commonwealth or State government funding initiatives. Steve is a member of numerous boards and advisory panels including those supporting TERN’s AusPlots, Australian Transect Network and OzCover facilities, the NESP’s Northern Australia Environmental Research Hub and the Great Victoria Desert Biodiversity Trust. He is a Noongar man with strong links to Country in the Busselton and Margaret River areas and is committed to engage collegially in relationships with Traditional Owners and land managers to deliver innovate and enduring outcomes for biodiversity management on Country.