Nature Conservation Margaret River Region Appoints New CEO

With the appointment of Pip Close as their new CEO, Nature Conservation Margaret River Region is set to play a significantly expanded environmental leadership role in the region and in the state.

Pip was appointed after an exhaustive recruitment process that brought applications not only from WA, but also from interstate and overseas. Pip brings a wealth of experience as CEO of a number of different successful organisations across Australia. She has a track record of bringing energy to any task she undertakes and has developed a vast network of significant government and corporate contacts. Pip has proven she has the ability to draw together people working towards a common task. She successfully orchestrated the very complex amalgamation of the Augusta Margaret River Tourist Association and the Geographe Bay Tourism Association into today’s MRBTA of which she was the CEO for a number of years.

Her role as CEO of Tourism Tropical North Queensland led to its restructure into a modern organisation for the Far North Queensland region.

In recent times, back in Margaret River, she has been involved with the Unbeaten Tracks initiative for which she raised significant funds and for Mindful Margaret River. In addition, she was the sole instigator behind moves to have the Shire seek ECO Destination accreditation, which is now in train. With a great appreciation of the local environment, Pip has expressed a strong desire to use her vast experience to help with its conservation.

The appointment of a full-time CEO for Nature Conservation was made possible through the generous donations of the Wright Burt Foundation and the Line in the Sand group.

Nature Conservation Chair, Dr John said “Nature Conservation is excited to have someone with Pip’s background and energy as its first full-time CEO. She brings broad knowledge of leadership, policies and implementing strategy. We believe that she will be able to build on the work that we have already done and develop relationships with our existing key stakeholders and establish links with new individuals and organisations – leading to an expansion of our work and better environmental outcomes for the region. I look forward, very much, to working with Pip.”

Pip Close said “I am thrilled and humbled to have been offered this important position. My fundamental belief of the importance of preserving our environment for future generations is at the forefront of how I will address this role.  My experience has previously enabled strong engagement with committed environmental organisations and First Nations people. The Unbeaten Tracks initiative has crystalised my passion to use my influence.  The key goal will be to raise awareness of the issues in the region through the community and beyond and bring together like- minded people to support our team to drive further projects to fruition and support Nature Conservation’s vision.”