31 October 2013 – The Australian Conservation Foundation is on the search for a new chief executive after Don Henry said he would step down from the role next March to pursue options in academia.
He will, however, maintain an advisory role with ACF.
Mr Henry’s achievements, over 15 years with ACF, were recognised in July when he was named the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year.
“I am leaving ACF in good shape with a team of exceptional, committed staff who will continue to influence transformative action towards a sustainable future,” he said.
ACF President Professor Ian Lowe said that for the nine years of his presidency, and for six years before that, Mr Henry had been an inspirational leader of the ACF team.
“Most of our great environmental achievements in recent years were made possible or assisted by Don Henry’s vision, determination, collaboration and negotiating skill.
“We now have the world’s largest network of protected marine areas; there have been major cultural and conservation outcomes for Cape York, the Kimberley and Kakadu; we have comprehensive national laws to act on climate change; legislation to start restoring the Murray-Darling to health; and a more sustainable future for Tasmania is protecting forests and jobs.”