Meet the Board



Michael Coleman is a Company Director and consultant. He is the Independent Chairman and Non-executive Director of Bingo; Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Macquarie Group Limited; member of the Audit Committee of the Reserve Bank of Australia; Chairman of the Federal Government’s Financial Reporting Council; Chair of the Reporting Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD); Divisional Councillor for the AICD's NSW Division; Adjunct Professor at the Australian School of Business, UNSW; Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Accounting and Assurance Services Research, UNSW; Director/Treasurer of Osteoporosis Australia and Director of the Belvoir Street Theatre Foundation.

Michael holds Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Commerce from UNSW. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

"I have been privileged to be a non-executive director of Planet Ark since 2007, when I joined Gillian and Lyndell on the board. Planet Ark has long been blessed with highly committed and enthusiastic employees who live the concepts of a circular economy. I am fortunate to be part of a non-partisan, non-political organisation that campaigns for and helps consumers better understand how to contribute to a more sustainable future for our world. Importantly, Planet Ark has always acknowledged the importance of working with businesses, not against it, to help propagate it’s message."



Deputy-Chair and Non-Executive Director

Lyndell Fraser is an experienced senior executive and CEO and non-executive director with appointments in the education, insurance and banking sectors. She has been undertaking research into the importance of education for addressing the changing nature of work and issues of lifetime learning with particular reference to mature learners and implications for employers, educators, government and the professions. Dr Fraser has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and a Master of Economics (Hons) from the University of Sydney, a Master of Business Administration from Macquarie University and Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Liverpool. She is Graduate of the AICD.

"Joining the Planet Ark Board has been a privilege through contributing to supporting environmental action that impacts the quality of life of all Australians. The aspect I most admire is the way the team works to give people and organisations sustainable options to enhance the planet’s health – it’s a “roll up your sleeves” place based in solid research and always looking forward to new ways of being effective in this cause."



Non-Executive Director

Dr Andrew Johnson is the CEO of the Bureau of Meteorology. For nearly a decade Dr Johnson was a member of the CSIRO Executive Team where he led the organisation's water, land, atmospheric, marine, biodiversity and urban research. He is a Councillor of the Queensland Futures Institute and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Australian Agricultural Company. He is a former Non-Executive Director of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Reef and Rainforest Research Pty Ltd and CSIRO Chile, where he was Deputy Chairman and Vice President.

Dr Johnson has served on the Governing Council of the world-renowned International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna and as a member International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. He has also Chaired the Expert Advisory Council for the Northern Australia Ministerial Forum, been a member of the Prime Minister's Northern Australia Land and Water Task Force, a Governor of the Western Australia Marine Science Institution, Co-Chaired an Australian Government review of environmental performance matters in the Port of Gladstone, Co-Chaired the Supervisory Committee of the Australian Centre for Weather and Climate Research and served as a member of the Reef 2050 Advisory Committee.

Dr Johnson has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) and PhD from the University of Queensland and a Masters in Public Administration from the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he was a Rotary Foundation Scholar. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

"I have had the privilege of being on the Board of Planet Ark for 9 years. My commitment is founded on Planet Ark's compelling mission and the way it goes about achieving real impact for our community – partnerships, apolitical, non-confrontational – by a team of dedicated, talented and passionate people."



Non-Executive Director

Phil is Managing Director of Australian Ethical Investment Australia's leading ethical superannuation and investment company and has over 30 years' experience in financial services. He is also a Director of industry association the Responsible Investment Association of Australia and is Chairman of Beyond Zero Emissions, a climate change think tank. Phil is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

"I joined the Planet Ark board in 2009 as I am passionate about the environment and in particular was becoming increasingly concerned about climate change.
Planet Ark is an organisation that has always had a practical and pragmatic approach to addressing environmental problems. It’s people are smart and creative and the solutions they develop are always innovative and accessible which is how we will ultimately shift the dial."



Non-Executive Director

Howard is an experienced marketing research professional specialising in innovations, brands and communications. After working in the UK, New Zealand and Australia and finding research was too often 'average' and not actionable Howard founded Pollinate. Howard is also a founding director of leading advocacy agency Social Soup. Howard is a sought after public speaker and expert facilitator who revels in enthusing a crowd and running co-creation workshops to create breakthrough change.



Non-Executive Director

Gillian is an experienced company director, chair and CEO with a strong international commercial background. Her career has spanned the private and public sector and included financial & professional services, technology commercialisation, FMCG, health and education. She holds law degrees from Sydney and Harvard Universities, is qualified as a counsellor and psychotherapist, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Since 2005 Gillian has worked professionally as an executive coach & mentor.

"I was the first non-executive independent director to join the Planet Ark Board, in 2007. I have always been a change agent and attracted by a good challenge! Joining the Board allowed me to contribute my corporate and governance experience in support of positive environmental actions. Over my many years on the Board I have been inspired and amazed by the wonderful work done by the entire team at Planet Ark."



Non-Executive Director

David is an experienced strategy and commercial advisor who currently works at the CSIRO helping some of Australia's best research teams take their science and technologies from the laboratory into real world outcomes. Prior to this David has also worked in Corporate Strategy for CSIRO, Business Development for KPMG and taught strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney.

"The future of our society relies on two things: the technologies we create and the choices that we make about their use. I’ve been working with the Planet Ark team since 2016 because Planet Ark is the most effective organisation in Australia at helping us make the choices that allow us to live in balance with the natural world."



Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Paul was appointed CEO in June 2010. He has worked in the environmental field for over 30 years as an environmental innovator, educator and socially responsible investor. Paul was one of the original co-founders of Planet Ark in 1992 and been a Director ever since. Prior to working in the environmental field Paul spent 11 years in the financial services industry in research and advising roles.

In 1986 Paul co-founded Australian Ethical Investment Ltd, which is Australia's first socially responsible investment manager with now over $3 Billion under management. In 1990 he also co-founded Australia's first environmental retailer, The Cleanhouse Effect.

Paul is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on a number government and industry committees.

"It is a privilege to lead a talented and committed team of collaborative people who want to help create a world where we live in balance with Nature. I believe this can achieved by creating a carbon neutral and circular economy and connecting people with Nature."

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