CEO, Bush Heritage Australia
Gerard O’Neill became the CEO of Bush Heritage Australia in late 2011. He brings to the organisation a wealth of expertise gained through an extensive career in conservation and land management. After completing his science degree at Canberra University in 1979, he became a park ranger in the newly established Kakadu National Park. From there he went on to take up roles in conservation land management and ecological survey in central Australia, East Gippsland and the Victorian mallee.
In 1995 Gerard was appointed as an executive in the then Victorian Department of Conservation and Natural Resources before taking up roles at Parks Victoria. In 2007 he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of Parks Victoria.
Gerard is a member of the Leadership Victoria alumni, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.
From the Liffey Valley to Landscape Scale - the Bush Heritage Journey
Bush Heritage Australia formally came into existence as an entity in 1991. The motivation for BHA however came from a much earlier place. Born out of widespread concern over the loss of nature and the special places that have become emblematic of the Australian environment, Bush Heritage Australia arose from a single act of daring. […]