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 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 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.
George has significant experience in finance, management and operations including roles as CEO, CFO and BDM across the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. He holds a MBA and Graduate Certicate Finance from Edith Cowan University and is a member of IPA and AICD. George currently runs his own management consultancy.
Michael was Principal Solicitor of the EDOWA between 1996 and 2002. Since that time he has pursued a strong interest in environmental protection and better environmental laws through positions in the State and Commonwealth public sector and as a parliamentary researcher for the Greens (WA). He is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia.
Lorna Clarke is a Senior Compliance Specialist at Western Power. She recently completed a Masters of Regulation from the London School of Economics (LSE) and worked for the energy regulator, Ofgem, in London. With significant experience in Government, advising two Attorneys-General and a Senator, Lorna also holds a Masters of Environmental Law at the Australian National University (ANU), specialising in environmental litigation, climate change and water law. Her thesis considered how effective Strategic Environmental Assessment was under the EPBC Act. Lorna has a passion for administrative law, governance and empowering local communities to create legal reform.
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.
Louisa Wales is a print journalist, editor and media consultant whose work has been published in The Australian, The Albany Advertiser, The Post and other publications.
She broke numerous news stories about the Perth Freight Link and Roe 8, and believes a healthy society and environment are only possible if free and independent media can hold government and corporations to account.