Board members

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The Penguin Foundation Board presently comprises six members with extensive experience in conservation, research, wildlife management, business and law.

  • Wendy Peter - Chairman
  • William Naughtin
  • Dr Peter Dann
  • Margaret Hancock
  • Matthew Jackson
  • Tania Maddigan
  • Philip Moors

  •  Wendy Peters


    Wendy Peter - Chairman

    Wendy is General Counsel of the ACCC and was previously a partner of Allens Arthur Robinson specialising in commercial and competition law. She has been Penguin Foundation Board member since 2006, and is also a director of the Parent Infant Research Foundation and Melbourne Girls Grammar School. 

     William Naughton


    William Naughtin
     

    William Naughtin is a resident of Phillip Island. He is an agricultural consultant and company director who has developed a high level of respect in his field over the past 35 years. Prior to establishing his own consultancy he held senior positions in the financial services industry. He also owns and operates a grazing property in South West Gippsland. William has had a lifelong commitment to community service including serving as director and chairman of not-for-profit organisations. He is a strong advocate for community involvement in the management of a sustainable environment.

     Peter Dann


    Dr Peter Dann 

    Peter has worked as a wildlife ecologist for over 30 years and has published extensively on seabirds and shorebirds in Australasia. Peter is a research fellow of the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne, the Scott Polar Institute at Cambridge University and the past Chairman of the Australasian Seabird Group. He is also an editor of the journal 'Marine Ornithology'. Peter is also Research Manager of Phillip Island Nature Parks, overseeing the extensive little penguin research conducted by the organisation.

     Margaret Hancock


    Margaret Hancock 

    Margaret Hancock is a life-long and well respected member of the Phillip Island community. She has been a teacher, gardener, owned a plant nursery and served on numerous conservation, education, arts and planning committees. Margaret is a strong advocate for the local environment, conservation and planning, and for 30 years served as the president of the Phillip Island Conservation Society. Margaret was also a board member of Phillip Island Nature Parks for three years and joined the Penguin Foundation Board in 2009.

     Matthew Jackson


    Matthew Jackson 

    Matthew is currently the CEO of Phillip Island Nature Parks and has an extensive wildlife management background within the tourism industry. This has involved senior management positions within wildlife institutions and many years as a qualified zoo keeper working within Australia and overseas.

    Complimented with a Masters of Business Administration, Matthew’s experience covers strong management of commercial operations and the management of “captive” wildlife collections with over 14 years at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and currently five years with Phillip Island Nature Parks. Matthew also held the position as General Manager for Australia and New Zealand operations at apparel brand Dickies USA, the largest workwear company in the world. This involved manufacturing, distribution and brand development.

    Tania Maddiagn

     Tania Maddigan

    Tania is a long term resident of Phillip Island with 25 years experience working with a multi-national resource company in the areas of environment, safety and compliance. Tania has served as a member of the Phillip Island Nature Parks Environment Committee and has a strong interest in the Environment.


     Philip Moors

    Philip recently completed 20 years of service as the Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. During this role Philip was integral in creating the Australian Garden at Cranbourne, which celebrates the diversity and beauty of Australia's plant life. Philip has extensive experience in conservation as a researcher and for the New Zealand Wildlife Service as Director of BirdLife Australia. He has gained significant knowledge of penguins and other birds throughout these roles and has authored and co-authored several publications. In 2013 Philip was recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to conservation and the environment. Philip joined the Penguin Foundation Board in 2013. Philip's qualifications include BSc with First Class Honoues, Australian National University and PhD University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

    Philip recently completed 20 years of service as the Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. During this role Philip was integral in creating the Australian Garden at Cranbourne, which celebrates the diversity and beauty of Australia's plant life. Philip has extensive experience in conservation as a researcher and for the New Zealand Wildlife Service as Director of BirdLife Australia. He has gained significant knowledge of penguins and other birds throughout these roles and has authored and co-authored several publications. In 2013 Philip was recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to conservation and the environment. Philip joined the Penguin Foundation Board in 2013. Philip's qualifications include BSc with First Class Honoues, Australian National University and PhD University of Aberdeen, Scotland.