The Team

Board

Dr William (Bill) Jackson

Dr William (Bill) Jackson

Chairperson

Dr Jackson is an independent environmental consultant with extensive experience in forest conservation, protected area management and community development.

He held the positions of Chief Executive of Parks Victoria and Director of National Parks for the Australian State of Victoria from late 2010 until June 2015. Prior to his appointment to Parks Victoria, Dr Jackson was Deputy Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

During his career, Dr Jackson has worked in Africa and Asia, supporting projects in Uganda, Tanzania, Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan and a long period in Nepal where his PhD and practical field work took place.

Sean Willmore

Sean Willmore

Managing Director & Founder

Sean Willmore is a former Australian Park Ranger (11 years) and now founder and Managing Director of the Thin Green Line Foundation, and the current President of the International Rangers Federation (IRF).

While undertaking his work Sean has travelled to and worked with rangers in over 50 countries on 6 continents where he has been ambushed, held a gunpoint, charged by elephants and avoided militias. His efforts to bring attention to the dangerous work undertaken by these warriors has won him international acclaim. Using profits from documentary The Thin Green Line, Sean started The Thin Green Line Foundation (TTGLF).

His continual inspiration is from the men and women, the park rangers worldwide, that he represents and who do this front-line work on a daily basis.

Andrew Batt

Andrew Batt

Director

After spending 20 years in the Corporate world holding key senior financial and administrative positions across multiple market sectors in Australia, Asia and the UK, Andrew founded a boutique consultancy, Epoch CFO Advisory, in 2011 to support SME and NFP organisations achieve their goals.

Based on the belief that the CFO should augment an executive team to drive agreed visions and goals through interpreting financial data and converting it into sensible, reliable, and valuable information, Andrew brings a holistic approach and operational experience through reliable decision making skills, analytical excellence, and a level headed approach.

Andrew is genuinely excited to commit to helping Protect Nature’s Protectors.

John Fleming

John Fleming

Director

John Fleming is a creative artist working in music and performance with broad experience across media and entertainment. After 21 years with the award winning comedy duo Scared Weird Little Guys, John is now working in composition, community arts, youth justice, festival direction, event management and theatre making.

John began working with the Thin Green Line Foundation some years ago as an event host and MC and is thrilled to now serve the Foundation as a board member as well.

Chris Galliers

Chris Galliers

Director

Chris Galliers has been working in conservation for nearly 15 years in reserve and wildlife management, large mammal translocation, lecturing game ranch management, eco-tourism, conservation project management, environmental governance and environmental education.

Chris has been deeply involved in the prevention of rhino poaching since initiating the WESSA (the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa) Rhino Initiative in 2010. Chris is in his second term as the Chairman of the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) and is the elected Africa Representative for the International Ranger Federation (IRF) (since 2012). He currently works for Conservation Outcomes, which is a non-profit organisation created to provide support to land that is being developed and managed for biodiversity conservation outside of traditional state protected areas. Chris is also the current coordinator of Project Rhino aimed at stopping wildlife crime with a focus on eliminating rhino poaching and securing the wild white and black rhino populations of KwaZulu-Natal.

Staff

Sean Willmore

Sean Willmore

Managing Director & Founder

Sean Willmore is a former Australian Park Ranger (11 years) and now founder and Managing Director of the Thin Green Line Foundation, and the current President of the International Rangers Federation (IRF).

While undertaking his work Sean has travelled to and worked with rangers in over 50 countries on 6 continents where he has been ambushed, held a gunpoint, charged by elephants and avoided militias. His efforts to bring attention to the dangerous work undertaken by these warriors has won him international acclaim. Using profits from documentary The Thin Green Line, Sean started The Thin Green Line Foundation (TTGLF).

His continual inspiration is from the men and women, the park rangers worldwide, that he represents and who do this front-line work on a daily basis.

Louise Reynolds

Louise Reynolds

Executive Officer for the International Ranger Federation

Louise is a South African national who has been based in Melbourne for the last 7 years. Growing up in Africa fuelled her passion for conservation; this passion led her to realise how crucial the role is that Rangers play in this challenging environment.  The IRF is the representative body for Rangers worldwide, therefore Louise knew that this role could have a direct impact on Rangers on the frontline. She is responsible for the planning, implementation and coordination of key activities/projects that further IRF strategies including providing support to the IRF Executive team. She also supports existing IRF members as well as potential members (including Ranger associations that are currently being formed). Administering The Thin Green Line Fallen Ranger Fund, which supports the families of fallen Rangers, is also a large part of her role.

Luke Wright

Luke Wright

Communications Coordinator

Luke works in a communications role with The Thin Green Line Foundation. Before joining the team, Luke was the CEO at Good Cycles, a non-profit social enterprise of which he is the co-founder. Among other things, he has also owned and managed a communications agency, been an award-winning writer and magazine editor, founded a recycling charity in Bolivia, owned and operated a green energy sales company, and managed fundraising teams for a national environmental organisation. Luke is also currently completing a MBA.

Dan Box

Dan Box

Events & Community Engagement Manager

Dan’s background is in Entertainment and Events, however his alternate passion for conservation and humanities finally took him down a new path, and now Dan utilises his fast talking and dry humour for The Thin Green Line.

Dan draws on his history in Entertainment and now contributes to the organisation as the Events and Community Engagement Manager. Catch him at any TTGLF event!

Ryan Cook

Ryan Cook

Operations Assistant

Ryan is working in an operations role for TGLF while also completing a Master of Environment.
Prior to commencing with TGLF he was employed in the Australian financial services industry for close to a decade. He has now chosen to align work with his long-held passion for the environment and conservation. His passions centre around sustainability, conservation education, community engagement and impact. He is eager to contribute to the crucial work of TGLF in supporting Rangers around the world.
Clair Overy

Clair Overy

Chief Operations Officer

Clair joins the team as Chief Operations Officer and comes from a background in community and international development programming and advocacy spanning two decades and field experience in West Africa, Central, South East & Far East Asia, the Pacific, North America and Europe.

Her passion is upholding and furthering the rights of people who stand up to be counted; and she hopes that by supporting Rangers to undertake their roles safely and effectively, we can protect some of our planet’s most iconic species. Her kids tell her that they think it’s “way more interesting” that she works for The Thin Green Line now!

Ambassadors

Dr Jane Goodall

Dr Jane Goodall

Ambassador

A legend of conservation and a beacon for hope,  Dr Jane Goodall is a proud ambassador for the Thin Green Line Foundation.

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives.

Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share.

Supporting The Thin Green Line and the rangers it represents was a no brainer – it’s a missing link in the conservation puzzle and I’m so proud to support this work in whatever way I can.”    – Jane Goodall

View Jane’s message to the world’s rangers on our Press Room.

janegoodall.org.au

Gotye

Gotye

Ambassador

Wouter “Wally” De Backer, better known as Australian musician and singer-songwriter Gotye, came to support the Thin Green Line Foundation through his friendship with founder, Sean Willmore.

Gotye has helped raise funds for the Foundation by performing at events, donating his song Eyes Wide Open to the Greenline Grooves album, and posing for an art piece which was then raffled off.

Gotye’s 2011 single Somebody That I Used to Know reached number one on the Australian charts and the Billboard Hot 100. He has won five ARIA Awards, three Grammy Awards and has been nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award.

facebook.com/gotye | twitter.com/gotye

Nicky Bomba

Nicky Bomba

Ambassador

Nicky is one of the longest serving ambassadors of the Thin Green Line Foundation. He donated music to the documentary that started the Foundation, and played at the film’s world premiere.

Nicky has since played at numerous gigs for the Foundation, donated music to the Greenline Grooves album, and introduced thousands of people to the Foundation’s work.

Nicky has worked with a number of bands from Australia to Africa to the Middle East, honing his reggae, ska and mento expertise.

With a passion for people and culture,  the music produced by this peace-loving troubadour is a melting pot of fun, adventure and exotic sounds of the people and places he loves.

 “It’s funny when I was  growing up I wanted to be a ranger – now I’m a musician helping rangers.”    – Nicky Bomba

nickybomba.com | facebook.com/nickybomba

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery

Ambassador

Professor Tim Flannery is a renowned Australian paleontologist, environmentalist, author and climate change activist. He is a director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, and a founding member of the Climate Council.

Whilst Tim is busy battling climate change, he is only too happy to be on board as one of our valued ambassadors.

Tex Perkins

Tex Perkins

Ambassador

Tex Perkins an Australian singer-songwriter, who is most widely known for fronting the popular Australian rock-band The Cruel Sea.

Tex became a Thin Green Line Ambassador after meeting Ugandan ranger John Makombo backstage at the 2012 Bluesfest in Byron Bay.

Always interested in conservation and apes in particular, Makombo  introduced him to the work of the Foundation after discussing Tex’s gorilla tattoo.

Tex has performed at a number of World Ranger Day events, promoted the Foundation in media interviews, and donated original music to the Greenline Grooves album.

facebook.com/TexPerkinsMusic/