Our People

The Lake Cowal Foundation (LCF) is managed by a Board of Directors comprised of five Directors including two environmental NGO nominees, a local landholder from the Bland Shire Community, one independent scientist and a nominee from Evolution. The LCF and Lake Cowal Conservation Centre staff includes a Projects Manager, Education Officer, and casual Field Assistant who plan and manage a diverse range of projects and initiatives in the Lake Cowal region and beyond.

Philippa Walsh
Philippa Walsh / LCF Board (Chairperson)

Philippa Walsh (Chairperson) joined the LCF Board in December 2007.

Philippa combines a rural background with science and management skills.

She now manages her own business - Community Solutions - drawing on over 25 years experience working in the conservation sector.

David Mitchell is the Patron of the Lake Cowal Foundation, having served as a member of the Board from 2000 to 2012. He has a background in environmental management with particular reference to aquatic systems and invasive aquatic weeds, the basis of the PhD he obtained from London University. He has held positions in Universities in Africa (Lecturer, Reader) and Australia (Adjunct Professor) and CSIRO, Australia (Principal Research Scientist, Officer in Charge of the Centre for Irrigation Research, Chief of the Centre for Irrigation and Freshwater Research, Foundation Director of the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre).

David has extensive experience of Committee and Board membership as nominated independent scientist, Chairman and sitting member. He has been an invited or Keynote Speaker at scientific conferences, including 16 international conferences and is the author or co-author of over 220 publications. David retired from CSIRO in 1995 and was invited to become an honorary member of the staff of Charles Sturt University as an Adjunct Professor, enabling him to continue to pursue his academic interests.

David Mitchell
David Mitchell / LCF Patron

Garry Pearson
Garry Pearson / LCF Board of Directors

Garry Pearson Garry Pearson is Evolution's Group Manager  - Environment and Sustainability since January 2017.  Garry was the  Environmental and later ESR Manager for a total of 11 years at the Cowal Gold Operations (from 24 April 2006).  Garry has over 25 years of environmental management and 10 years of production metallurgy experience in WA, NT, NSW and Qld in the gold, nickel, minerals sands and bauxite-alumina industry. 

Garry has a Masters of Science in Natural Resource Management and has a Degree in Extractive (Chemical) Metallurgy Special interests are relaxing with family and friends, working with community organisations including WIRES and Events West Wyalong and travelling.  Garry and his wife Irene were the inaugural Bland Shire Council ambassadors for West Wyalong from Australia Day 2012. Garry was awarded BSC Australia Day citizen of the year for 2017.  Garry and Irene reside nearby in Canberra and visit West Wyalong and Lake Cowal often. 

Prof Max Finlayson is Director of the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University, and Professor for Ecology and Biodiversity. He is a renowned wetland ecologist with extensive experience internationally in water pollution, mining and agricultural impacts, invasive species, climate change, and human well-being and wetlands.

He has participated in global assessments such as those conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the Global Environment Outlook 4 & 5. Since the early 1990s he has been a technical adviser to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and has written extensively on wetland ecology and management and contributed to the development of concepts and methods for wetland inventory, assessment and monitoring, and undertaken many site-based assessments in many countries.

He has also been actively involved in environmental NGOs and from 2002-07 was President of the governing council of the global NGO Wetlands International.

Max Finlayson
Max Finlayson / LCF Board of Directors

Angus Stitt
Angus Stitt / LCF Board of Directors

Angus is a retired farmer.

Angus has a long family connection to Lake Cowal and worked with the Environment Department at Cowal Gold Operations for several years. Angus is very community minded; he has been a community representative of the Community Environmental Monitoring and Consultative Committee (CEMCC) since 2003, a member of the NSW Rural Fire Service for over 25 years and is currently Captain of West Wyalong Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade.

Lisa is a property valuer based in Condobolin, NSW with a farming and agronomy background.

Lisa is founder and Managing Director of AgValue, an independent property and agribusiness consultancy business. AgValue has three main areas of specialisation which includes; Rural and Regional asset management, Rural Business Solutions and Rural Land and Infrastructure investment portal business (www.agvalue.com.au). Lisa’s area of focus is farmland transition and agriculture business transition through the implementation of innovative business, finance structures and long term viability with focus on sustainable farming practises.

Lisa has previously worked in several areas of the rural industry as a property valuer, working within the Central West NSW, Southern NSW and Northern VIC undertaking rural, water, residential and commercial/industrial valuations. Prior to valuation, Lisa worked as an Agronomist in Central and Southern NSW. Lisa is involved with the cropping enterprise of her family farm “Lake View” located at West Wyalong, NSW and has previously completed project work for an organisation Central West Farming Systems.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture), Bachelor of Agribusiness and Graduate Diploma in Business (Property), she is a member of the Australian Property Institute and Director of the Lake Cowal Foundation.

Lisa is passionate about all aspects of agriculture and is determined that our farming communities are managed in a viable and sustainable manner.

Lisa McFadyen
Lisa McFadyen / LCF Board Member

Simon Delander
Simon Delander / LCF Board Member

Simon Delander is the General Manager – HSE & Risk with Evolution Mining and has held that role since May 2012. Simon holds tertiary qualifications in Occupational Health, Environmental management & Business. Simon has lived and in worked in Western NSW, he has over 15 year’s experience working in Senior HSE roles in the resources sector both in Australia and internationally. Simon is heavily involved with the community as volunteer fire fighter in the NSW Rural Fire Service and team coordinator in the Fire & Rescue NSW Community Fire Unit Program.

Jamie Coad is the Manager - Safety, Training, Environment and Social Responsibility with Evolution Mining's Cowal Gold Operations. Jamie has spent 25 years in the mining industry in various production and support roles including Metallurgy Manager and General Manager at Peak Gold Mines in Cobar and Group General Manager EHS and Sustainability for Goldcorp. Has worked on every continent with the exception of Antarctica.

Jamie is a qualified environmental, OHS and ICMI auditor.

He grew up on a merino stud in the mid north of South Australia. He has a Degree in Natural Resource Management.

Jamie Coad
Jamie Coad / lcf Company secretary.

Malcolm Carnegie
Malcolm Carnegie / Projects Manager

Malcolm Carnegie has worked with the Lake Cowal Foundation (LCF) since July 2005 as Project Officer, taking on the role of Projects Manager in October 2009. Malcolm has been involved in the various LCF projects including Bland Incentives Grants (BIG), Natural Sequence Farming, development of the Lake Cowal Conservation Centre and the CSIRO Grasslands Study.

In addition to the position with the LCF, Malcolm is a local landholder in the Lake Cowal/Clear Ridge area of West Wyalong. Special interests include vegetation and landscape systems and assisting the local community to initiate and implement strategies and projects which will deliver increasing economic, environmental and social sustainability. In his spare time, Malcolm enjoys family and friends and photography. 

Sally Russell commenced as Education Officer for the Lake Cowal Conservation Centre in January 2012. Growing up on a farm in Ungarie (near West Wyalong), Sally has a strong interest in the environment, agriculture and rural communities. She graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Education (Primary). Since starting teaching in 1997 Sally has worked in Primary, Central and High Schools across regional New South Wales developing a comprehensive knowledge of all curriculum areas. 

In her role at the LCCC, Sally is excited about giving students of all ages the opportunity to learn about the wonderful natural resources in our local area through hands on and practical experiences. When not working, Sally enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, gardening and sport.

Sally Russell
Sally Russell / Education Officer LCCC

Peter Gillard
Peter Gillard / LCCC Maintenance and Improvement

After completing his education in West Wyalong, Peter Gillard was employed in the agricultural industry before joining the Forestry Commission of NSW in the marketing of white cypress pine around the West Wyalong area. Peter joined the Lake Cowal Foundation in May 2007 playing an integral role in maintenance and improvement of the Lake Cowal Conservation Centre and its associated surroundings. Special interests include woodworking, motorcycle riding, camping and travelling the expanses of Australia.


Neville W. Schrader

Neville W. Schrader OAM was born at Kyogle NSW in 1949 and educated at St Brigid’s School, Kyogle. Neville served as a Director on the Lake Cowal Foundation Board from 2000 to 2010.

Neville had a life-long interest in birds and native vegetation, publishing a number of articles in ornithological journals and magazines, and surveying the distribution of birds and plants/habitats within the Lachlan Valley.

Over more than 30 years Neville served on various committees as the conservation representative. These include the Northern Flood Plains Regional Planning Committee; Lachlan Catchment Management committee; Mid-Lachlan Vegetation Committee and Lachlan Water Management Committee. Neville was a long term member of National Parkes Association of NSW, Lachlan Valley Branch; Birds Australia; Bird Observers Club; NSW Bird Atlasers; and NSW Field Ornithologist Club.

In 2003 for his commitment to the environment and field ornithology Neville was awarded the Order of Australia medal.

Neville W. Schrader
Neville W. Schrader

Andrew Buttenshaw
Andrew Buttenshaw

Andrew Buttenshaw served from 2000 to 2016 on the Lake Cowal Foundation Board. Andrew's family settled in the Lake Cowal area in 1898. Andrew's interests included most local sports as a referee, coach or supporter. He was also keenly interested in sustainable energy systems (e.g. biofuels). Andrew is survived by his wife Sue and his 4 children, Tristan, Mark, Joshua and Lachlan.

As part of the Lake Cowal Foundation, Andrew's objective was always to bring balance to the environmental debate.