Virginia Young – Secretary

virginia-young-profile-picManaging director, Forests Alive

Virginia has a business and public service background and a strong history in nature conservation. Over the past two decades, she has led innovative conservation programs in Australia and overseas. In Australia, she helped pioneer a continental-scale approach to nature conservation, securing major grant funding and the support of leading scientists to build the scientific and collaborative basis for the work. She has led national campaigns to protect Australia’s forests; secured grant funding to promote research findings on the role of natural forests in the carbon cycle; and fostered collaborative work among international NGOs to bring good science and good policy on forests and nature into international approaches to tackling climate change.

She accepted the position of Chair of the Frank Fenner Foundation to help with its transition from the Nature and Society Forum; to assist the Foundation strengthen its governance and financial underpinning; and to advance an exciting program of innovative work under a new strategic plan.

Virginia is currently the Managing Director of Forests Alive Pty Ltd, an Australian company that helps landowners develop projects that deliver a financial return through the carbon market and protect natural forests for their carbon and biodiversity value. She is also Chair of Gondwanalink Ltd, an organisation that provides leadership for one of the world’s foremost ecological connectivity protection and restoration projects. Other voluntary roles include Director of the International Forests and Climate Programme for the Australian Rainforest Conservation Society (ARCS), where she works with a team of global scientists and NGOs to progress the protection of Earth’s remaining intact natural forests.