Wild Mob is a not-for-profit organisation that gets volunteers to the coalface of environmental conservation. We empower everyday people to make a real, measurable difference to our world.

We know that while policy, strategies and advocacy all have important roles in conservation, nothing actually happens without hands on effort.

So we take a practical, on-the-ground approach to protecting our wildlife and their habitats. We rehabilitate endangered ecosystems through weed and pest control, secure endangered species through sensible recovery programs and remove debris from marine turtle and seabird nesting sites.

Our team is made up of scientists, ecologists, educators and adventurers. We know the value of high-quality scientific research and don’t shy away from innovative conservation approaches. We pick projects of national and international significance where we know we can affect real change.

Our Achievements

About Wild Mob

Our Team

Dr Derek Ball

Chief Executive Officer

Derek grew up a long way from the coast in the dust of outback Australia. But a trip to the Great Barrier Reef when he was 6 fostered a love of the sea that would shape the rest of his life. Passionate with everything about the sea, he pursued a Bachelor Degree followed by a PhD in marine biology and zoology. Read more…

Steve Fisher

Manager Marine Operations

Steve was born with saltwater in his blood. His father was a commercial fisherman and his mother ran a volunteer marine rescue base. He grew up in a little coastal village on the coast of central Queensland and spent his days adventuring in homemade boats. Read More…

Camilla Wagstaff

Communications Manager

Camilla is a writer, reader and teller of stories. She’s awed by the power of words and their ability to inspire, delight and affect real change. Read more…

Colin Rossiter

Project Leader

Colin spent his childhood in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria. He spent as much time as he could exploring the rivers, lakes and alpine regions close to home. Colin holds a Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Conservation Biology) from Central Queensland University, where he’s currently completing a Masters of Applied Science (Ecology). Read more…

Amanda Scrivenor

Project Leader

Amanda grew up on a farm in Gippsland, Victoria. She spent as much as her childhood as possible outside on the water or working on the family farm. Her committed resolve to be outside as much as possible has not changed. Read More…

Margaret Christian

Norfolk Project Leader

Margaret moved to Norfolk Island in 1981 and soon after was employed by the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service. When the Norfolk Island National Park was later declared, there were 3 staff and that small team had the challenge of managing over 50 endemic species of flora and fauna. Read more…

Jodie Williams

Norfolk Project Leader

Jodie was born in Norfolk Island and is a direct descendant of the Pitcairners who arrived there in 1856. Jodie is devoted to her island home and community, and loves to share the diversity its beauty with those who visit. Her passion for creative and artistic expressions founded a working career in graphic design. Read more…

Our Board

Graeme Wood is an Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the online travel business Wotif.com in 2000. The Graeme Wood Foundation was formed in 2006 and supports environmental sustainability, the arts and education. Graeme is a major donor to the University of Queensland, where he was instrumental in the formation of the Global Change Institute. In 2013, he teamed up with the UK Guardian News and Media to form Guardian Australia. Graeme was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2012.

Derek Ball is CEO of Wild Mob, a member of the Commission for Ecosystem Management within the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Chair of the Island Arks Australia Alliance. After working many years in the private, public and NGO sectors, Derek knows that Wild Mob is the best future model for conservation management in Australia.

Anna Cerneaz is also a Manager of the Graeme Wood Foundation and Managing Director of Syrinscape. Anna is also Managing Director of Artology, a non-profit that develops the creative potential of young people through experiential learning in the arts. From 2001 to 2012 Anna was General Manager of Pinchgut Opera, a niche market opera company. In her previous working life, she was an oceanographer.

James Dryburgh completed a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Environmental Planning at University of Tasmania and Stirling University, Scotland. He has worked across the world as a bushwalking guide, woolly monkey carer (almost-human-poo cleaner), environmental planner, English teacher, Cambridge University examiner and co-editor of the Tasmanian Times. He now works in strategy and planning for local government.

Our Partners

Traditional Owner Acknowledgement

Wild Mob would respectfully like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, their Elders past and present, as well as the important role Indigenous people continue to play on the Land where we carry out our conservation projects.

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Read our 2015 Annual Report
Read more about our Conservation Philosophies
Read more about our Conservation Programs