Biodiversity Conservation Advisory Panel

The Biodiversity Conservation Advisory Panel provides independent, expert advice to the Minister administering the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 on management of biodiversity conservation and to the Environment Agency Head on any proposed declaration of an area of outstanding biodiversity value.

About the panel

The Biodiversity Conservation Advisory Panel (BCAP) is established under section 14.2 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. Schedule 2 of the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017 governs the provisions relating to the members and procedure of the panel.

The Biodiversity Conservation Advisory Panel is to consist of not less than 5, and not more than 8, members appointed by the Minister. The panel members are to have the qualifications and expertise that the Minister considers appropriate for the panel's work.

Currently, the Biodiversity Conservation Advisory Panel consists of 6 members who were appointed in December 2023. They have expertise in biodiversity conservation, international policy and research, climate change impacts and adaptation, ecologically sustainable development, land use planning, natural resource management, environmental science, planning, economics and policy implementation.

Portrait of a person in a business suitDr Ian Cresswell – Chairperson

Dr Cresswell is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Western Australia. Dr Cresswell has extensive experience working in environmental science in biodiversity conservation and discovery, wildlife regulation, protected areas and oceans governance. He was the lead author of the Biodiversity chapter of the Australian State of the Environment Report 2016, and co-Chief Author of the Australian State of the Environment Report 2021. Dr Cresswell has a demonstrated history of working across government, industry and community to achieve conservation and sustainable development outcomes. He has expertise in biodiversity, environmental regulation, natural resource management, and coastal ecology. Dr Cresswell holds a PhD in Environmental Science from Murdoch University.


Person in a blue suit with a checkered shirt and polka dot tieMr Kerry Doss

Mr Doss is Principal at Kerry Doss Consulting with expertise in urban, regional and environmental planning, management and development. He holds qualifications in environmental science (coastal management), urban and regional planning, business management and project management. Mr Doss has extensive experience in policy development and implementation, including biodiversity and conservation policy, and has led and managed large multidisciplinary teams in public and private organisations. He has a particular interest in the management of human impacts of natural systems.


Portrait of a person wearing a blue blazer and floral top, standing outdoorsProfessor Michelle Leishman

Professor Leishman is a Distinguished Professor and Director of the Smart Green Cities Research Centre at Macquarie University and was a member of the expert panel that led the statutory review of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. She is an expert in plant ecology and conservation biology. Professor Leishman has experience working with industry and government to implement policy advice.


Man facing camera in patterned shirtDr Ben Milligan

Dr Milligan is a Scientia Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Director of the UNSW Centre for Sustainable Development Reform, and Secretariat Director of the Global Ocean Accounts Partnership. He has served as member of the Expert Group advising the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, UN International Resource Panel Working Group on Mineral Resource Governance, and UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor's delivery team for the 'Future of the Sea' review. Dr Milligan has specialist expertise in legislative and policy design for natural capital and ecosystem services, and accounting for the socioeconomic implications of biodiversity conservation.


Person with curly hair standing in front of green foliageProfessor Angela Moles

Professor Moles is an ecologist at UNSW Sydney. Her research interest is in plants, with recent work on the response of native species to climate change, rapid evolution in introduced species, and global patterns in plant ecological strategy. Professor Moles is also on the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee, the board of the Australian Flora Foundation, the Australian Research Council College of Experts, and is Director-Education for the Ecological Society of Australia.


Person with shoulder-length hair standing in front of blooming flowersDr Kate Wilson

Dr Wilson previously served as a senior executive within the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water and NSW Treasury for 13 years. She has experience advising the Minister and agency heads on matters relating to biodiversity conservation, ecologically sustainable development and land use planning. Her expertise lies in the application of science in policy and programs, and she is particularly interested in the intersection between biodiversity, natural capital and climate change.