Our Structure

Legal structure 

NPA is an incorporated association and registered charity. Our public charitable purposes are: 

• advancing the natural environment • advancing education 
• advancing culture • advancing public debate 

As a charity, we are not permitted to promote or oppose any political party, representative or candidate. Our campaign and advocacy activities are therefore strictly non-partisan. 

We have ‘DGR status’, which means all donations over $2 are tax-deductible. We also hold an authority to undertake charitable fundraising. 

Please note that NPA is an independent community organisation, and is not part of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service or the NSW Government. 

Internal structure 

NPA has a strongly decentralised structure that is specifically designed to support member-led community action. The key elements in our structure are: 

• members • groups • State Council • Executive • general meetings • professional staff 


Members are our foundation. They provide significant financial and voluntary support, bring knowledge and enthusiasm, participate in our activities, and give direction and leadership. 

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Groups comprise members working together to advance NPA’s goals and objectives. Groups allow members to combine and mobilise their talents, knowledge and energy. There are two kinds of groups. 

Regional groups (officially called ‘branch committees’) conduct conservation, outdoor, social and other activities within a particular region. There are active groups in most of the State’s major regions. They are always glad to receive offers of assistance. 

Specialist groups concentrate on a particular program or special interest. There are specialist groups for: 

  • Landscape conservation 
  • Marine conservation 
  • Park management 
  • Field activities (includes bushwalking) 

NPA State Council 

State Council members guide our strategic direction and policy, supervise groups, elect Executive members, and perform certain governance functions. They include representatives from each group, representatives from affiliated organisations, the Executive members, and additional appointed members. Total composition is typically around 35 persons. 

Meetings are held 4 times per year on Saturdays at various locations across NSW, or online. A local inspection is usually held the following day. NPA members are welcome to attend meetings and associated activities. 

Become an NPA State Council member 

NPA Executive 

Executive members manage NPA’s financial and operational affairs, undertake business planning, oversee implementation of the annual budget and supervise the Chief Executive Officer. Current Executive members are: 

President:  Grahame Douglas 
Vice President:  Brian Everingham (Acting) 
Secretary:  George Pund 
Treasurer:  Ross McDonnell 
General members:  Ian Donovan, Jonathon Howard, Jane Judd, Helen Wilson, Ted Woodley 

Become an NPA Executive member 

General meetings 

General meetings represent the collective voice of members, and are open to all members. There are 3 types of general meeting. 

Annual general meetings (‘AGMs’) are held every November. Their role is to ensure that NPA’s management and affairs remain transparent and accountable to members and donors. Information is provided about our activities and progress over the preceding year. You can ask questions or make comments. We usually arrange a special guest speaker. Current practice is to hold meetings online. 

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Branch annual general meetings are held between July and September each year. They perform a similar role to annual general meetings, but at a regional level. Members also elect officers for the relevant branch committee. Meetings can take a variety of formats, including indoor, outdoor barbeque, or online. 

Special general meetings (‘SGMs’) are held infrequently to consider matters of major importance, such as constitutional alterations. A postal or electronic ballot may be held in conjunction with an SGM. 

Professional staff 

NPA’s voluntary work is assisted by a small but dedicated team of full-time and part-time professional staff. Key roles include general administration, support for member programs, and coordinating our high-level advocacy and campaign work. 

Contact NPA staff 

NPA State Council

The State Council sets NPA’s strategic direction and policy, co-ordinates conservation responses, and helps strengthen our network of local branches and groups. It comprises activist members from diverse parts of the State, including:

  • delegates elected by branches
  • conveners of State Council committees
  • members of the Executive
  • additional appointed members.

The State Council is a great way to meet and network with fellow conservationists, whilst developing your skills in the environment sector.

Meetings are held 3 times per year on Saturdays at various locations across NSW. These are usually combined with a Sunday activity or inspection guided by local experts. Travel and accommodation expenses are reimbursed.

How to become a State Council member

  • Become a branch delegate. Contact your local branch committee.
  • Become a committee convenor. NPA has specialist groups on landscape conservation, park management and field activities. Contact Grahame Douglas for further information.
  • Become an Executive member. This is an elected position. Nominations close around the end of each September. Find out more
  • Become an appointed member. Additional members are sought with a keen interest in advancing conservation outcomes. Find out more

NPA Executive

The Executive plays a key role in developing strategy, and is responsible for NPA’s annual business plan and budget. Working closely with the Executive Officer, it manages NPA’s financial and operational affairs.

Current Executive members

  • President: Grahame Douglas
  • Secretary: George Pund
  • Acting Vice President: Brian Everingham
  • Treasurer: Ross McDonnell
  • Members: Ian Donovan, Jonathon Howard, Ted Woodley, Jane Judd and Helen Wilson

Become an Executive member

All positions are elected annually by the State Council, and are entirely voluntary. Nominations close around the end of each September.

Make a nomination