Meet the Board

Michael Coleman is a Company Director and consultant. He is Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Macquarie Group Limited; member of the Audit Committee of the Reserve Bank of Australia; Chairman of the Federal Government’s Financial Reporting Council; Chair of the Reporting Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD); Divisional Councillor for the AICD’s NSW Division; Adjunct Professor at the Australian School of Business, UNSW; Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Accounting and Assurance Services Research, UNSW; Director/Treasurer of Osteoporosis Australia and Director of the Belvoir Street Theatre Foundation.

Michael holds Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Commerce from UNSW. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Deputy Chair

Lyndell joined the Navitas Group in April 2009, an Australian based global education company; and has overall responsibility for the operations of Navitas’ Professional & English Programs Division. Lyndell has held senior appointments in the financial services industry in banking and general insurance with major Australian institutions.


Andrew Johnson is a CSIRO Group Executive. As a member of the CSIRO Executive team he leads the organisation’s water, land, atmospheric, marine, biodiversity and urban systems research. He is also a Non-Executive Director of CSIRO Chile. Dr Johnson is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is also a member of the Governing Council of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna and the Australian Government's Independent Expert Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Scale Coal Mining.


Phillip is Managing Director of Australian Ethical Investment and has over 30 years' experience in financial services covering funds management, capital markets and superannuation. In previous roles he has been a senior executive of Perpetual Limited and served on the board and as Chairman of the Australian Securitisation Forum. He is currently also a Director and Treasurer of the Responsible Investment Association of Australia and a member of the Advisory Board of the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia.


After completing a BSc in geography, studying the science of climate change, Howard spent a few years in merchant banking and insurance before landing at market research. His research career has been focused on brands, advertising and behaviour change in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. He is the founder and CEO of Pollinate, one of Australia’s most innovative research agencies focussed on people as the most powerful agents for change. Together with Social Soup, one of the world’s leading advocacy and word of mouth agencies where Howard is a Director, Pollinate is part of The Influence Group of companies which advances influence as the future of marketing.


Gillian is an experienced company director, chair and CEO with a strong international commercial background. Her career has spanned the private and public sector and included financial & professional services, technology commercialisation, FMCG, health and education. She holds law degrees from Sydney and Harvard Universities, is qualified as a counsellor and psychotherapist, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Since 2005 Gillian has worked professionally as an executive coach & mentor.

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Paul was appointed CEO in June 2010 and was one of the founding directors of Planet Ark in 1992. He has worked in the environmental field for the past 23 years as an environmental researcher, retailer, writer and ethical investment fund manager. Prior to working in the environmental field he spent 11 years in the financial services industry in research and advising roles.

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