Rt Hon Sir Ninian Stephen AK GCMG GCVO KBE
Sir Ninian Stephen was born in 1923 at Nettlebed in Oxfordshire and came to Australia in 1940. After serving in the AIF, he completed his law degree and began legal practice as a barrister and solicitor. He was admitted to the bar in 1952 and was made a Queen's Counsel in 1966. He became a judge of the supreme court of Victoria in 1970 and was made a Justice of the High Court of Australia in 1972, a position which he held until being appointed Governor General in 1982.
In 1989 Sir Ninian became the first Australian Ambassador for the Environment, and in his three-year term was particularly energetic in working for a ban of mining in Antarctica. In 1991 he undertook one of the most difficult of all tasks when he was appointed chairman of the second strand of the Northern Ireland peace talks. Between 1993 and 1997 he was a judge on the international tribunals investigating war crimes in Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Other activities include attempting to broker peace in Bangladesh; evaluating allegations of forced labour in Burma; and investigating the possibility of a criminal tribunal for former Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia.
Sir Ninian has also been chairman of the Citizenship Council since 1998. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1972 and a Privy Counsellor in 1979. Among the many honours he has since received are the Legion d'Honneur in 1983 and a knighthood of the Order of Australia in 1982. In 1994 he was made a Knight of the Garter.
His leisure activities are bush-walking, camping, and reading.
Clare Cannon BComm, MPA
Clare has a passion for the environment. She helped establish Earthwatch Australia. Clare serves on the Sustainability Committees of St Catherines and Geelong Grammar.
Brian Rosborough is founding Chairman of Earthwatch Institute (International), which he launched in 1972 with the goal of providing "social venture capital" to scientists by enlisting volunteers to do fieldwork. Brian has been a pioneer in the environmental field and during his 25-year tenure as CEO he lead Earthwatch to becoming one of the world's largest private funders of field research. Earthwatch Institute continues to be a major sponsor of scientific inquiry, supporting up to 130 projects each year to document changing world conditions. These expeditions search for solutions to sustainability, delving into problems such as global warming, habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and public health issues such as access to clean water, and the preservation of our cultural and biological heritage.
Brian also serves on civic and educational boards in fields of interest. He has advised or designed projects for the UN ICT Task Force, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, Ossabaw Island Foundation, Deerfield Academy, Tulane University, the Rocky Mountain Institute, Cape Cod National Seashore, International Development Enterprises and Digital Nations.
Prior to founding Earthwatch, Brian was an investment banker in New York and served as First Lieutenant on a U.S. destroyer in southeast Asia. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts, USA, with his family and other wildlife.