Who we are

The Environment and Heritage Group is part of the Department of Planning and Environment.

Our vision is for a thriving, sustainable and resilient New South Wales.

Environment and Heritage works with communities, businesses, and governments to protect, preserve and strengthen the quality of our natural environment and heritage. We do this through active stewardship that supports a healthy New South Wales.

We are committed to creating thriving environments, communities and economies that benefit the people of New South Wales.

What we do

Environment and Heritage is responsible for delivering the state outcome 'connecting communities to resilient and sustainable energy and local environments'. We deliver this by collaborating across a range of functions including national park management; biodiversity, conservation and science; and heritage conservation.

Our structure

The Acting Environment and Heritage Coordinator-General, Atticus Fleming, is a member of the department's leadership team.

The Environment and Heritage leadership team

National Parks and Wildlife Service

  • Acting Deputy Secretary, National Parks and Wildlife Service: Andrew Nicholls
  • Acting Executive Director, Business Delivery: Michael Vader
  • Executive Director, Park Operations (Coastal): Naomi Stephens
  • Executive Director, Park Operations (Inland): Darren Clarke
  • Acting Executive Director, Conservation and Aboriginal Partnerships: Trish Harrup

Biodiversity, Conservation and Science

  • Deputy Secretary, Biodiversity, Conservation and Science: Dean Knudson
  • Executive Director, Biodiversity and Conservation: Sharon Molloy
  • Executive Director, Biodiversity and Conservation: Michelle Dumazel
  • Executive Director, Science, Economics and Insights: Dr Georgina Kelly


  • Executive Director, Heritage NSW: Sam Kidman

Governance, Strategy and Coordination

  • Acting Executive Director, Governance, Strategy and Coordination: Mia Garrido

Environment and Heritage also supports a number of statutory authorities.

For more information about our structure: Group Senior Executive Structure chart (PDF 83KB) 

For more information about the Department: visit Planning and Environment.