David Clarke, CEO

Originally trained as a teacher, David has more than 20 years as an Executive and Chief Executive in the fields of employment services, community services, disability services, health and now the parks sector, having held leadership roles in each of the public, not for profit sector and private sectors. He has more than 10 years experience in industry association management and leadership. He has also worked widely as a consultant, with a focus on strategic planning, change management and organisational development. He has a particular interest in organisational dynamics and change. He sees his main task now with Parks Forum is building the organisation to provide a focal point for the park sector for sharing knowledge, information and best practice, to support the industry to manage effectively in a rapidly changing environment.

Ingrid Sieler, Program Manager (Perth)

Ingrid has over 10 years of experience in conservation and park management.  She has a strong background in facilitating strategic projects across state and local governments. Working across government and non-government sectors she has coordinated a range of interagency projects aimed at environmental management of parks.  As Program Manager she coordinates research and manages the best practice and standards program.

Andy Thompson, Program Manager (Christchurch)

Andy has many years experience in park management, having worked in New Zealand (with the Department of Conservation), on an extended exchange in Australia (with the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service) and overseas (most recently in Namibia at the Directorate of Parks & Wildlife Management).

Gayle Cassidy, Executive Officer

Gayle has worked for the past 16 years in the not-for-profit sector, within a number of small organisations, including the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, and the Sport Aircraft Association. She has extensive bookkeeping as well as an experience in events management.  

Marko Sanovic, Communications

Marko has ample experience in the tourism industry, having worked in Australia and Europe for over 8 years. He joined the Parks Forum in 2010, with a passion for the environment.