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

  • Alex Gardner

    Convener

    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 .

  • Becky Rorrison

    Vice-Convener

    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.

  • 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.

  • Virginia Eastman

    Member

    Virginia Eastman

    Virginia has a fifteen year career as a television presenter and business correspondent in the BBC’s Economics and Business Unit in London behind her. She subsequently joined the executive search firms Heidrick and Struggles and then Saxton Bampfylde to run their Telco Media and Technology practices. She and her family moved to Perth recently when her husband secured the role of Headmaster at Aquinas College. She has a Bachelor of Education, a Diploma of Acting and is also a full time mother to their five year old daughter.

  • Inan Ahmed

    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.

  • Sholeh Rutstein

    Member

    Sholeh Rutstein

    Sholeh was admitted to practice law in 2005, and was later invited to complete her LLM in the United States as an Ambassadorial Scholar for Rotary International. She gained extensive experience in the non-profit sector in Washington, DC, and has recently returned to Perth with her husband and three young children. Sholeh enjoys playing music, spending family time outdoors, and being of service to the community.

  • Carman Yung

    Member

    Carman Yung

    Carman is a nationally accredited mediator and family dispute resolution practitioner, currently working in the not for profit sector. Formerly, she was a commercial dispute resolution lawyer and has practiced in Perth and Hong Kong. Carman is passionate about environmental conservation and communities working towards a more sustainable future. She enjoys hiking, organic productive gardening and being the busy mum of two very busy daughters.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Hugh Finn

    Member

    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.