The Biosphere continues its renewal as we recognise a magnificent contribution from outgoing Board Chair Duncan Malcolm. After five years at the helm, with regular 400+ km trips to attend Board meetings from his East Gippsland home in Boisdale, Duncan has sufficiently righted the ship and reckoned it was time to weigh anchor.
Along with staff changes (Greg Hunt is a year into the Executive Officer position) Duncan has drafted further skills onto the Board with the most recent appointment being Colette Day, a food and technology researcher at The University of Melbourne. Colette has expertise and experience in marketing and communications as well.
Two others joined the Board in 2019. David Cross, Chair of the Frankston Environmental Friends Network and the current President of the Australian Society for Technical Communication, brings high level strategic skills while Frankston Councillor Quinn McCormack replaces Cr David Gill of Mornington Peninsula Shire as the local governments’ Board representative. Quinn runs her own legal practice and brings a deep understanding of Governance to the Biosphere.
The new Board Chair, following the recent AGM held on November 14, is Jo McCoy. Jo has been a Director for four years, serving as Treasurer throughout that period. Jo sees herself as a Geographer with a background in education and the public sector where she worked in senior roles at the Victorian Government’s Environment Department for over a decade. She now lives part time at Flinders and brings, along with her strong commitment to the Western Port region, her experience in the upper echelons of state government and her extensive networks in the environment sector.
These changes are the immediate legacy Duncan has left the Biosphere and its important work in balancing conservation with development. It is a strong legacy and we are all the better for his tenure as Board Chair.
Sincere thanks, Duncan!