We would not be successful without the commitment of extraordinary and passionate people, dedicated to protecting WA's environment.

Meet Our Dedicated Team

The EDO is an incorporated association. Its affairs are overseen by a Management Committee which is elected annually by EDO members. The current Management Committee includes conservationists, community representatives and practising lawyers. The legal practice is managed by a Principal Solicitor, who is assisted by staff and volunteers.

The current Management Committee of the EDO is

  • Dr. Hugh Finn

    Convenor

    Dr. Hugh Finn

    Hugh is a lecturer at the Curtin Law School with a research focus in environmental law and policy. He obtained a PhD in Biological Sciences from Murdoch University in 2005 and has worked extensively as a wildlife biologist, both in Australia and internationally. Hugh enjoys learning through the eyes of his four-year old son and also serves on management committee of an early childhood learning centre.

  • Becky Rorrison

    Secretary

    Becky Rorrison

    Becky was admitted in 1997 and is a senior legal officer with the Legal Profession Complaints Committee and an adjunct lecturer in Ethics & Professional Responsibilities at the College of Law. She’s been a guest speaker in Ethics at Murdoch University, Notre Dame University, UWA, Legalwise and the Law Society. She has worked in both the private and government sector and with a national community legal clinic. Becky is a keen camper and wanderer with her husband and 3 children.

  • Inan Ahmed

    Treasurer

    Inan Ahmed

    Inan is a CIMA qualified Management accountant, currently working as the Finance Manager for the Conservation Council of WA. He is a passionate environmentalist and human rights activist, regularly volunteering his time at various Not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia, ranging from fair-trade to human rights advocacy groups. Since moving to Perth in 2011, he has developed a keen interest in being a citizen scientist and exploring, as much as he can, the splendor of WA’s Outback.

  • John Bailey

    Member

    John Bailey

    John has taught and published widely on issues at the boundary of environmental science and environmental law, including in the area of biodiversity conservation and environmental impact assessment. He has served as both Chair of the Conservation Commission and as a Board Member of the Environmental Protection Authority. Most recently, he has taken an active role as Convenor of the Leeuwin Group of Concerned Scientists in advocating for improved environmental laws in Western Australia.

  • Alex Gardner

    Member

    Alex Gardner

    Alex Gardner is a Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia and has more than 30 years’ experience as an environmental lawyer across Australia. He was part of the legal team that stopped old growth logging in south-west WA in the mid-1990s and helped found the EDO.  Alex has a special teaching and research interest in water resources and the environment: http://www.law.uwa.edu.au/research/water-resources-reform .

  • Suzannah Macbeth

    Member

    Suzannah Macbeth

    Suzannah has a background in science and communications and currently works as a conservation campaigner with Partnership for the Outback, an alliance of groups dedicated to a brighter future for people and nature in the Western Australian Outback. Growing up with one foot in the city and one in the bush, Suzannah has a particular interest in sustainable agriculture and rural and regional issues. She also has experience in youth development through sail training and is a keen writer.

  • Andrew Disney

    Member

    Andrew Disney

    Andrew Disney graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1996, first working as an environmental manager with Santos Ltd in Adelaide before moving to Brisbane in 2001 as an environmental lawyer for Corrs and Freehills. In 2003, Andrew moved to Perth and focused on corporate and resources law at Freehills and Steinepreis Paganin before becoming a director at EMK Lawyers in July 2017, a specialist corporate and resources law firm. Andrew has acted on initial public offers and general equity capital markets transactions. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions by way of takeover, scheme of arrangement, trade sale or other means. Andrew is interested in acting for sustainable businesses, and has pursued a client base that reflects this. Outside work, Andrew has volunteered at the EDO in Sydney and various charitable and environmental organisations over the past 20 years. He is passionate about bushwalking and outdoor adventures.

  • Clare Ward-Noonan

    Member

    Clare Ward-Noonan

    Clare is a solicitor at Tottle Partners practicing primarily in commercial litigation. In 2015, Clare worked as the Research Associate to the Hon Justice McLure, the former President of the Court of Appeal. She has a strong interest in administrative law and environmental law, having tutored in these subjects at the University of Western Australia and having completed her Honours thesis in an area of mining and environmental law in 2014.