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Trustees and staff

The Trustee is the Secretary of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Management of the Trust is delegated to a Board of Managing Trustees.

Ken King
BForSc(Hons), DipFor
Appointed 2009; Chairperson 2018–

Ken King has extensive experience in forestry, fire, fauna and flora management and operations in Victoria. He is a former Deputy Secretary with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. During a long career in the Victorian public service, he held senior executive positions covering Forestry and Bushfire policy; Parks and Reserve Management; and Regional Service Delivery.

Ken has served on numerous Boards including Parks Victoria, the Country Fire Authority, Phillip Island Nature Park, the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services, Wannon Water, the Natural Resources Conservation League of Victoria, and the Habitat Trust Melbourne.

In 1989 he was awarded the National Medal for Fire Services.

Professor Pauline Ladiges AO FAA
PhD, BSc(Hons)
Appointed 2011; Deputy Chairperson 2018–

Professor Pauline Ladiges is a botanist, well known internationally for her research on the phylogeny and biogeography of eucalypts. She is a past Head of the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne where she is currently a Professorial Fellow in the School of BioSciences.

Pauline is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and recipient of the Royal Society of Victoria Medal. She has co-authored and co-edited three award-winning biology textbooks.

She has served on Boards and Councils including the Australian Academy of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria, University of Melbourne Botany Foundation, Herman Slade Foundation and Royal Society of Victoria Council.

Pauline was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2002 and in 2009 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of botanical science and research.

Chris Lloyd
Appointed 2013

Chris Lloyd has extensive strategic and operational leadership experience in large public, listed, and not-for-profit companies. He has held roles as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in education, retail, health, technology and finance, both in Australia and internationally.

Chris is Business Manager at Camberwell Grammar School.

He has served as a Director for Korowa Anglican Girls’ School and Reconnexion Inc., and as a State Councillor for Chartered Secretaries Australia and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Sebastian Chapman
LLB(Hons), BSc
Appointed 2013

Sebastian Chapman is the Trustee’s nominee. He is the Director of Land Governance, Land Management Policy Division in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Sebastian has held various executive roles in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Prior to joining the State Government of Victoria, Sebastian worked as a lawyer in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Professor Ros Gleadow
PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons)
Appointed 2018

Ros Gleadow is a plant biologist at Monash University where she leads the Plant Ecophysiology group. Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change on plant composition and food security.

Ros leads ARC, industry and philanthropic projects with environmental and agricultural scientists and health professionals in Australia and overseas.

She is President-elect of the Global Plant Council and has served on several other national science advisory committees and boards. Ros is a Past-President of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists.

She is an accomplished science communicator and educator, pioneering the use of multimedia and blended learning in the teaching of Biology in Australia.

Alison Teese OAM
Chairperson 2008–2018; Appointed as Board Member 2018

Alison Teese was appointed inaugural Chair of the Bjarne K Dahl Trust in 2008, and led the Trust for the next 10 years.

She has been actively working in conservation for more than three decades and held positions as Director of Central Highlands Rural Water Authority and Deputy Chairman of the North Central Catchment Management Authority.

Alison has served on numerous environmental Boards and Councils including Land Conservation Council of Victoria, Victorian Catchment Management Council, Australian Landcare Council, National Heritage Trust Council for Sustainable Vegetation Management, and the North Central Catchment Management Authority.

In 2015 Alison was awarded an OAM for her services to conservation and environment in Victoria.

Alison is a Principal of the agribusiness Lochinver Farm.


Robyn Trethowan
Chief Executive Officer

Robyn joined the Trust in July 2018 after a long career in the higher education sector.

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