Marita Macrae has lived on the northern beaches since 1970. After raising three daughters and working as a journalist and primary school teacher, she studied horticulture and bush regeneration at Ryde TAFE. Since 1990 she has been active in professional and volunteer bush regeneration mostly in the Pittwater area. She was a co-founder of Pittwater Natural Heritage Association in 1994 and is currently president of the Avalon Preservation Trust. Other environmental memberships include the Australian Conservation Foundation, National Parks Association, Birds Australia and Australian Bush Heritage Fund. Her many Awards for bush regeneration include an OAM in 2004. Marita has been a PEF director since inception and is the current Chair.
David Poppleton grew up in Avalon and, as a student, fought for local environmental causes. After finishing a degree in Environmental Planning at UNE he went on to complete Post Graduate studies in Urban and Regional Planning and Urban Estate Management. David’s employment history includes development management with Lend Lease, marketing management with Leighton Properties, and company management as founding National Director of Colliers Jardine Residential. David is Vice Chair of the Pittwater Sustainability Committee and Chair of the Careel Bay Pittwater Protection Association, who have led the fight against inappropriate development. David has been a PEF director since inception.
David James is a retired Marine Engineer and lifetime resident of Narrabeen who took part in community actions that secured the public ownership of the Warriewood Wetlands, Warriewood Escarpment (now Ingleside Chase Reserve on the Warriewood Escarpment committee) and Irrawong Water Reserve as part of the Ingleside to the Sea project with the Bi-Centennial Park Committee. He was a founding member of the Narrabeen Lagoon Committee in 1977. Elected to Warringah Council 1980-83 and Pittwater Council 2004-12 which he represented as Chair of the Local Government Advisory Group to the Hawkesbury-Nepean CMA; Vice Chair of Sydney Coastal Councils Group; founding member of Sydney Harbour and Foreshores Committee of the Total Environment Centre; Board member of Katandra Bushland Sanctuary Trust. Awarded the OAM for services to Local Government and the Environment in 2015.
Dr Conny Harris moved with her husband and children to the Northern Beaches (Oxford Falls) in 1997. She immediately followed her passion and studied native plants through the ‘Walks and Talks’ program by the Australian Plant Society and after two years presented the eucalyptus lecture. She obtained a certificate in bush regeneration and involved her children’s schools in bush restoration projects. She integrated waste avoidance and composting by setting up whole food canteens and by integrating weeds into sandwiches furthered the students’ knowledge about healthy eating and bushcare. A school camp brought her to Currawong on Pittwater and her family became regular guests there since. Conny was councillor and deputy mayor of Warringah 2004-2008. She is now active as president of Garigal Landcare, the Northern Beaches branch of the Australian Plant Society and Northern Beaches Envirolink. She represents the community on the Narrabeen Lagoon State Park Advisory Committee and represents the Nature Conservation Council on Sydney Water’s Customer Council. In her spare time she works as a general practitioner and delights in looking after her first grandchild.
Cathy Griffin Appointed 24 October 2017 – Information to come
Past Directors: Jara Krivanek, David Rissick, Bill Rooney, Lesley Stevens, Jim Longley, Alan Yuille, Mia Dalby-Ball, Joanne Tulau