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.
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 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.
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.