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AELA’s Board of Management

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Dr Michelle Maloney (BA/LLB (Hons) PhD)

Michelle is an environmental lawyer and is Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance.  Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts and Law (Honours) from the Australian National University and a PhD in Law from Griffith University.  View Michelle's profile and publications.

Ross Williams

Ross is of the Bindal and Juru peoples now known as Townsville to Bowen and Erub and Mer in the Torres Straits. He has worked closely with many groups and organisations in the areas of natural and cultural resource management for over 35 years. In that time, he has been passionate about supporting and assisting in the Caring for Country principles with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders throughout Queensland, Australia and Internationally. Ross is also dedicated and passionate about assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to be the best they can be through building self-confidence and social and cultural resilience.


Leeanne Leserve

Leeanne Leserve was appointed to the Board on 1 June 2018.

She has more than 17 years' experience in policy analysis, regulations and compliance, sustainability and financial reporting in the energy industry.

Leeanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle, Master of Environmental Law from the University of Sydney and is CPA qualified.

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Dr Edward Morgan

Dr Edward Morgan PhD (Natural Resource Management) (GU), MSc (Environmental Science), MSci (Chemistry). Edward is a Research Fellow at Griffith University and volunteers to support AELA's GreenPrints program and other projects that require expertise bridging the natural and social sciences. Edward's research interests include the interaction between science and society for sustainability; governance and planning for water sensitive cities and adapting to climate change; environmental justice and the role of communities in transforming governance.


James Lee

James Lee has a background in art, music (BMus) and film studies (GradDip Film & TV) and holds a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). James has a strong interest in interdisciplinary approaches to addressing ecological challenges and exploring the role that cultural practices can play in informing and supporting transitions towards Earth-centred governance.

James manages a range of AELA programs, including ecological governance/GreenPrints, AELA Education and selected Earth Arts projects. James also oversees AELA's operational systems, including membership, event coordination, communications, and website development across several AELA programs.