Andrew has more than 30 years experience serving the natural environment and leading environmental organisations.
He has led community-based campaigns to protect threatened bushland areas, worked for the National Parks Association of NSW as its executive officer, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Trust for Nature (Victoria) and is a respected participant in Australia’s conservation sector.
Andrew believes that invasive species, along with climate change, is one of this century’s two greatest threats to Australia’s natural environment yet invasive species are without the high-level attention they deserve.
He is confident that if we learn from the litany of invasive species disasters of the past and bring a science-based approach to the complex and seemingly daunting threat of invasive species, we can make progress. He believes in the value of involving the community in tackling complex environmental issues.
He is a member of the national Environmental Biosecurity Advisory Group, the National Biosecurity Strategy reference group, the federal government’s Feral Cat Taskforce, the National Feral Deer Action Plan working group, the National Forest Biosecurity Surveillance Group, the Norfolk Island Argentine Ant Eradication Program working group, the Australian Biosecurity Symposium management committee and is co-covenor of the General Surveillance Community of Practice. He is president of 4nature.
Until 2018 he was a member of the NSW Biosecurity Advisory Committee representing the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and the Biosecurity Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee, representing Queensland Conservation Council. In 2018 he was a member of the National Biosecurity Statement drafting group.