Professor Rob Fowler was appointed as the President of the organisation's Executive Committee at its AGM in late October, and Mr Tim Kelly has been appointed this week as the new Chief Executive of the Conservation Council.
Mr Kelly will commence his employment on 22 November 2010.
Commenting on his election, Professor Fowler said "I am honoured to be taking on this role as President and am looking forward to working with our members, staff and stakeholders to revitalise the Council in its role as the peak advocacy group for the environment in South Australia.
"The challenge of achieving an environmentally sustainable society confronts us vividly in this State, where water scarcity, loss of biodiversity and other climate-related impacts face us. But we also have the means to become a world leader in this context, for example in promoting water conservation and efficiency, the use of renewable energy and waste recycling.
"Conservation Council of SA has an important role to play in advocating on behalf of its members and the community more generally for the adoption of appropriate measures by our State and local governments to help achieve the vision of an environmentally sustainable South Australia," said Professor Fowler.
In announcing Mr Kelly's appointment, Professor Fowler added "the organization is delighted to announce Mr Kelly's appointment as its new Chief Executive.
"Mr Kelly will bring a range of valuable environmental management, policy and advocacy skills to the organization - he has a demonstrated commitment towards sustainability and environmental improvement and has a strong reputation for tackling climate change with persistence and resilience. We are looking forward to his leadership of our committed team," said Professor Fowler.
The newly elected Executive Committee consists of Rob Fowler (President), Fraser Vickery and Paul Leadbeter (Vice-Presidents), Jasemin Rose (Secretary), Margaret Bolster, Greg Ogle, Geoff Hayter, Iris Iwanicki, Peter Burdon (Ordinary Members) and Jill Woodlands (Staff Representative).
For more information please contact Professor Rob Fowler 0410 498 507
Further information on Professor Fowler and Mr Kelly
Professor Rob Fowler
Professor Fowler is an Adjunct Professor in the Law School at the University of South Australia, having retired in 2008 after 33 years as a legal academic specialising in environmental law at the University of Adelaide and UniSA.
Professor Fowler is currently the regional representative for Oceania on the Governing Board of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and has served as the chair of this institution since 2008. The Academy is an international network of University Law Schools and research centres, with over 140 member institutions representing about 450 individual scholars expert in environmental law. Professor Fowler is also one of the five elected South Australian Councillors of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF).
During his professional career, Professor Fowler has served on a number of State government committees as a conservation representative, including the Advisory Committee on Planning, the Environmental Protection Council and the Crown Lands Legislation Review Committee. He has also served as a consultant to Federal and State governments on a range of environmental law and policy matters ( most recently, to prepare a report for the SA Environment Protection Agency on means of implementing the sustainability objectives in its legislation).
Professor Fowler was a founding Director of the Australian Centre for Environmental law in the 1990s and also served as Dean of the Law School at Adelaide University for three years from 1995-8.
Tim Kelly is currently SA Water's Climate Change Advisor and coordinates greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation policy in collaboration with SA Water business units, the South Australian Government and other stakeholders. Tim has 17 years experience in the water industry covering trade, technical, operational and environmental roles.
Tim was responsible for SA Water's participation in the former Greenhouse Challenge
Program from 2003 to 2009, and played a lead role in developing SA Water's Climate Change Sector Agreement with the South Australian Government, establishing clearly defined renewable energy and greenhouse reduction targets.
Tim is currently undertaking a Masters Degree by Research - Greenhouse Accounting and Mitigation Policy at the University of Adelaide (2010-current, part time). Tim has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management (2001) and an Associate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (1992).