Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia Is Run By Some Remarkable People
We rely heavily on our incredibly dedicated and committed volunteers. We are governed by a Board of Directors and a Chief Executive Officer is employed to manage strategic and business operations. A small number of full time, part time, and casual staff are employed at the centre.
Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia would simply not exist without volunteers. Volunteers have contributed hundreds of thousands of hours to the centre since its inception—in fact the first paid staff member was not employed until 1989. If your interested in becoming a Volunteer find out how here.
Board of Directors
Our board is chosen from the local business community and its membership represents a cross-section of the skills necessary to implement HWCA’s strategic direction. For information on our Board Members head to our Corporate Information page.
Stuart Blanch (Chief Executive Officer)
We welcomed Stuart as our CEO in October 2014. Stuart grew up on the Mid-North Coast of NSW and it is that upbringing that has instilled his love of nature and a passion for protecting our habitat. Stuart has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Ecology and Botany from University of New England, also completing an Honours project on the effects of grazing and water management on Llangothlin Lagoon, a large wetland on the New England Plateau. He then moved to Adelaide to complete a PhD on wetland plant ecology of the Murray River, with a focus on the effect on weirs and water turbidity on littoral plants. On completing his PhD Stuart travelled and spent time in France with his family and took advantage of a post-doc opportunity at the world famous Carmague wetlands. On returning, Stuart then worked for the Inland Rivers Networks, followed by the Australian Conservation Foundation before relocating back to the NSW north coast where he had an appointment with National Parks and Wildlife. Two years later, Stuart returned to the community sector, working for the World Wild Fund for Nature, where he moved his young family to Darwin to work on conserving the northern tropical river systems with WWF. Stuart was with WWF for three years before WWF wound down their work in northern Australia, he then became Coordinator of the Environment Centre, NT, before his appointment with Hunter Wetlands Centre.
Site and Visitor Centre Staff
Site / Landcare Facilitator: Joshua Lethbridge
Weekend Site Facilitator: Nathan Russell
Finance Officer: Rob Lidster
Volunteeer Coordinator & Nursery Manager: Ken Bayliss
Birthday Party Host: Sue Smith
Wetlands Environmental Education Centre
Teacher in Charge: Peter Jones
School Administration Manager: Rhonda Atkins