John Silver – Operations Manager
John joined Rangelands NRM in 2006 and likes to ´keep things real´ by ensuring the organisation remains relevant and well placed to integrate socio-economic and environmental outcomes. He is currently overseeing the final reporting and evalution of the Pilbara Corridors Project. Growing up in West Kimberley, John has spent most of his time in regional Western Australia. He is passionate about regenerative landscape management, climate change and diversifying the regional economy in a locally appropriate and sustainable manner. John completed a Bachelor of Science (Population, Resources and Technology/Environmental Science) from Murdoch University and has been involved in NRM for over 20 years, working in Landcare, Coastcare and Regional Development. He enjoys the interdisciplinary nature of working in NRM and hopes collectively we facilitate community empowerment and landscape resilience. John is located in Broome.
Chris Curnow – Program Manager (Desert & Pilbara)
Chris is the Program Manager (Desert & Pilbara) at Rangelands NRM. Spanning national and international contexts Chris has spent more than 20 years engaging land managers and communities from all walks of life for socio-economic and environmental outcomes. He has lived and worked all over the Americas and the Caribbean, including more than six years working with Amerindian communities in Central and South America. He started his career in 1990 in the semi-arid rangelands of western NSW with the then Soil Conservation Service, delivering rangelands extension services to pastoralists from Hungerford to Ivanhoe and Nyngan to Wilcannia. Between 2003 and 2013 Chris held the position of WWF-Australia’s Program Manager – Southwest Australia Land Manager Engagement. He worked to promote private land conservation that complements the National Reserve System in Southwest Australia and managed WWF’s Wheatbelt Woodlands private land conservation programs. Prior to this, he spent more than five years advising NGOs and governments in Latin America on environmental and development projects. In his spare time Chris likes to do back country hikes, sea kayaking quiet estuaries and singing songs at local farmers’ markets or around the campfire on a swag.
Teresa Belcher – Communications
Teresa has university qualifications in biology, environmental science and environmental management as well as a Masters in scientific communication. She has over 18 years’ experience in the communication of science, health and engineering projects, with a wide range of experience in corporate communication, public relations, journalism, web design and maintenance, new media, event management and training in both the public and private sectors. Teresa has been the Communications Manager for Rangelands NRM since 2012, and manages all communication components of the Pilbara Corridors Project.
Piers Higgs – Spatial Services
Piers is the Director of Gaia Resources, and has a background in spatial systems and ecology, and holds a BSc in Geography as well as an MBA. Piers has worked in and around the Pilbara in various roles over the last 15 years. Through Gaia Resources, Piers and his team provide spatial services to the Pilbara Corridors project.
Dr Judy Fisher, IUCN
Dr Judy Fisher is an Independent Ecologist with Fisher Research Pty Ltd. She is an expert on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), and Theme Leader: Ecosystems and Invasive Species. She is also a Research Associate of the Western Australian Museum and the Institute of Agriculture, at the University of Western Australia.