Board of Directors

EGFA is fortunate to have a committed and involved Board of Directors, who scrutinise every project proposal, and stay in touch by email throughout the year.

 

Brian Walters AM QC

Brian Walters is a prominent Melbourne barrister, writer, and human rights and environment advocate. In 1981 he co-founded ‘Wild’ - Australia’s wilderness adventure magazine and winner of the Victorian Government Small Business Award. He was a director of ‘Wild’ for 25 years. Brian was a founding member of the Greens in Victoria. Brian is a former president of Liberty Victoria, and a former vice president of Free Speech Victoria. He authored Slapping on the Writs, concerning the use of litigation to silence community groups, as well as Treason: Claus von Stauffenberg and the Plot to Kill Hitler, and two poetry books: Angels, like laundry and his latest book, Brink, which is themed around climate change. He has written and spoken widely on the environment and human rights, and has appeared in many high profile cases which raise these issues.

 
Judith Gray
Judith has been the co-publisher and book review editor of Earth Garden for 30 years. She lives with her husband Alan and children on a solar-powered ‘urban farm’ at Cable Beach in Western Australia. Judith is an accomplished artist, art teacher, and yoga and meditation teacher. Judith also runs the Earth Garden office, as well as being a Director of the Earth Garden Foundation Ltd, which she helped establish in 2008. Judith has been involved in many other projects and environmental campaigns. She was the main cook for a local emergency food charity in Broome, training other cooks for five years. She has travelled extensively throughout the remote deserts of Australia, and has extensive skills in remote living after first working in the Great Sandy Desert for extended periods in the mid-1980s.  She has trekked in the Himalayas to the most remote Tibetan valleys to install solar lighting in health posts.

 

 


Gerard Lethbridge
Gerard Lethbridge was appointed a Magistrate in 2007 and sits in the criminal, civil, children’s and family violence divisions of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. He is also a member of the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal. Prior to being appointed, Gerard was a lawyer in private practice. He has travelled and trekked extensively in India and Nepal, and has a deep understanding of the cultural sensitivities of EGFA’s work.

 

 

 

Alan Gray
Alan has been the editor of Earth Garden magazine since 1987. He lives with Judith and their family on a solar-powered urban farm at Cable Beach in WA. Alan worked as a journalist in Melbourne before taking over Earth Garden. He has always been an environmental and social activist, pre-dating the Franklin Blockade. Alan is the Chairperson of the Earth Garden Foundation, and has worked for 12 years with their Indigenous partners in the Himalayas to install solar lighting and power in more than 55 remote village health posts and regional hospitals throughout Nepal. Alan and Judith owned Australia’s first commercial electric car, the first ‘Blade Runner’. He has travelled extensively through remote desert regions of Australia. Alan has an abiding interest in Aboriginal culture and works as a registered financial counsellor to help remote Indigenous families solve their financial crises.

 

 

 

 

Marcus Ward

Marcus is an architect specialising in rural sustainable housing. He runs an active practice with over 1000 completed projects throughout Australia. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont (USA) (Education and Sociology) and a Bachelor of Architecture from RMIT. Marcus is a 35 year member of the CFA. He has also contested both State and Federal elections as a Greens candidate. Marcus has travelled and studied traditional earth building techniques in India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Bolivia, Peru and the United States.

 

 

 

 
Anthony Hurren
Tony Hurren has been a lawyer and senior barrister in private practice for more than 30 years. He is a senior barrister in Adelaide. He has travelled in the Himalayas in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, and has a deep personal connection with Himalayan culture.  He has also travelled widely with his family through remote parts of the Australian Outback.  Tony is a director of the national body of the charity, Compassionate Friends, and President of its South Australian chapter.