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Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee is nominated and selected from our unique member base. Our Executive Committee adopts resolutions for action and determines policy positions on important environmental issues.

Matters related to CCWA Executive Committee members and Council members are covered by the CCWA Constitution - you can read it here.

Executive Committee members

Dr Richard Yin - President
Dr Richard Yin
President
Richard is the Deputy Chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA). He has been a major part of the organisation’s restructuring, the planning and overseeing of several WA-based campaigns, the implementation of an organisational review and later a cultural review process which has greatly improved the organisation’s efficiencies, which in turn increased its reach and impact.   Richard is a general practitioner and has owned two practices. Through these, Richard has a good understanding of human resources and workplace culture and the importance of these in settings requiring high performance teams working in high stress environments.
Dr Giz Watson Bsc - Vice President
Dr Giz Watson Bsc
Vice President
Dr Giz Watson is a foundation environmental science graduate from Murdoch University. She brings extensive knowledge of the WA environment – marine and terrestrial, as well as demonstrated long history of commitment to environmental and political activism and skills in collaborative planning, teambuilding and strategic planning. As an MP, Giz has held numerous portfolios including biodiversity, urban bushland, marine issues, forests and woodlands, waste management and agriculture. She also drafted, introduced and debated Bills on biodiversity protection, protecting Margaret River from coal mining, cat management and making WA nuclear free. Giz is currently working with WA Forest Alliance helping to achieve significant advances in the conservation of our forests.
Heather Lonsdale - Honorary Treasurer
Heather Lonsdale
Honorary Treasurer
Heather is a senior lecturer in mathematics, teaching a broad range of mathematics subjects to students in a wide range of degrees across science, engineering, education, business, and health. Heather has also been involved in cross-disciplinary collaborations to teach science communications and indigenous science, and she is passionate about communicating mathematical and scientific information to a broad range of people in a variety of contexts. Heather is an accredited trainer for MATE (Motivating Action Through Empowerment), which provides training in workplaces and raises awareness of the need for cultural change to prevent gender-based violence and domestic abuse.
Tim Barling
Tim Barling
Tim moved to Perth in 1997 and studied Biomedical Science, postgraduate Energy Studies at Murdoch University and Diplomas in Marine Studies, Sustainability and Project Management at TAFE. From 2015-19 Tim was a Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the last year at the City of Melville and was a member of several local government committees and groups. Tim has over 30 years’ experience as a member of boards and committees with various sporting clubs and community organisations, including five years as Vice President of CCWA and prior to those three years on the board between 2010 and 2013.
Adrian Barrett
Adrian Barrett
Adrian was born and raised in the Western Australian Wheatbelt, and, after 15 years in the labour movement, is now the Assistant Secretary of the Health Services Union of Western Australia. He has organised and campaigned for (and with) progressive organisations in WA and around Australia. He has extensive experience leading teams, with a strong track record in designing training and development to deliver structural change. He is focused on building well coordinated and strategic organisations that push for important, and urgent transformation.
Felicity Bairstow
Felicity Bairstow
Growing up in the small town of Kukerin in WA’s Great Southern watching her dad advocate for the conservation of bushland and lakes in the district, Felicity now devotes her life to leaving the planet a better place for future generations.For the past 30 years Felicity has been advocating for the protection of Perth's urban bushland and wetlands, being the founding and current convenor of Save Beeliar Wetlands, and currently involved with the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Project, WA Insect Study Society, Wildflower Society, Wetlands Conservation Society, Waterbird Conservation Group and The Wetlands Centre Cockburn. Felicity believes one key to the long-term conservation of our natural areas is discovering the activist living inside us all.
Jessie Parrish
Jessie Parrish
Jessie is a climate change and sustainability practitioner. Graduating from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology, Jessie immediately went on to undertake a yearlong honours project on the Little Penguins on Penguin Island. Jessie has amassed over a decade experience counselling and assisting organisations and communities to reduce their environmental impact. Jessie has worked with multiple Local Governments to strategize approaches to climate change, set carbon targets, accelerate renewable energy installation, and engage the community in environmental causes. Currently, Jessie is a senior sustainability staff member for Curtin University.
Sophie McNeill
Sophie McNeill
Sophie McNeill is a senior campaigner for Greenpeace and a former researcher for Human Rights Watch, based in Western Australia. Prior to this, she was an investigative reporter with ABC TV’s Four Corners program where she produced programs on the Hong Kong protest movement and the mass arbitrary detention of Xinjiang’s Muslims by the Chinese government. Sophie was also a foreign correspondent for the ABC and SBS in the Middle East, working across the region in countries such as Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Turkey, as well as Israel/Palestine.
Sato Juniper
Sato Juniper
Born and raised in Western Australia, Sato has a BSc (Hons) & PhD (1997) in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition from The University of Western Australia (UWA).  After working as a soil biology researcher she moved into education and management, first as Coordinator of Women in Science and Engineering (UWA) then as Learning Skills Advisor, Graduate Education Officer and Associate Director of the UWA Graduate Research School. She is now retired from paid work and enjoys time spent on other interests, including social justice, environmental and climate action advocacy, a variety of creative arts and writing. 
Tim Clifford
Tim Clifford
Timothy Clifford grew up in Albany, in the beautiful South-West of Western Australia, and moved to Perth to study journalism and politics at Edith Cowan University. Tim became the first member of the WA Parliament to introduce a climate change act to address the climate crisis through various mechanisms such as net zero emissions and renewable energy targets. Tim initiated community and media campaigns to reduce emissions, transition the economy towards renewables, invest in people, housing, and public transport. Tim is now the State Campaign Manager for The Wilderness Society WA where he is currently fighting to protect our iconic Northern Jarrah forests and the Kimberly region.