Our Structure

With our statewide network of branches, members, volunteers and supporters, we are well positioned to respond to new challenges and embrace opportunities.

NPA is an incorporated body with an extensive network of local branches. Overall direction is provided by the State Council, consisting of branch delegates, committee convenors and elected and appointed members. The Executive oversees financial, operational and staff matters.

Governance structure and processes are set out in the NPA Constitution and By-Laws. The NPA Strategy 2018–2022 outlines strategic goals and vision for the next 4 years, and provides the foundation for preparing the Annual Budget and Business Plan.

Download NPA Constitution & By-Laws


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
  • Vice President: Peter Wilson
  • Treasurer: Ross McDonnell
  • Members: Ian Donovan, Brian Everingham, Jonathon Howard, Ted Woodley

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