CEO, Nature Foundation SA
Hugo Hopton’s passion for nature conservation was germinated from a love of the outdoors, farming and from an early age. A career starting as a professional forester in the South East pine forests evolved into leadership of South Australia’s revegetation program, supporting and working with farmers, Landcare groups, scientists and industry to tackle environmental degradation and improve agricultural productivity. Hugo then worked with the SE community to develop the first catchment water management plan and highly contested but respected groundwater sharing plans. He led the staff of the Natural Resources Management Board in the South East and then the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, responsible for high-performing teams which delivered for regional communities and governments programs as diverse as multimillion dollar irrigation efficiency, fire and park management, private land conservation, water allocation, environmental watering, Aboriginal Learning on Country, pest plant and animal control, schools programs and River Murray infrastructure projects. Hugo now leads Nature Foundation as its CEO with a burning desire to see it make an enduring positive difference to the prospects of nature and landscape, and the way society values them.