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.

Phoebe Bishop (BSC/LLB)

Phoebe holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Science (Geography) from the University of Queensland. She has several years’ experience working in private legal practice, giving advice relating to environmental law, town planning, infrastructure and government law. Phoebe lives on the Sunshine Coast, South East Queensland.

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.

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Jules Livingstone, Sydney, Australia

Jules completed a BA/LLB at UNSW and worked abroad for fifteen years before returning to study a Research Masters of Environment at ANU, focussing on resilience as a strategy and policy driver for climate change adaptation. Passionate about education, he is now completing a Masters of Education (Social Ecology) at UWS. He works as a strategic consultant specialising in climate change adaptation and education for sustainability.

Lyn Ellison

Lyn holds a BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Administration from Leeds Metropolitan University and an MA in Women’s Studies from the University of York. She is currently a final year LLB student, and also working as a Legal Assistant and Privacy Officer, at Southern Cross University. Lyn is also a law student volunteer at the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre.
Lyn’s background is in not-for-profit management, specifically organisational development and planning, program review, and transition-out activities. Lyn has been involved in AELA as Volunteer Manager for around two years and has recently filled a casual vacancy on the AELA Board.


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.


Skye Bowie

Skye Bowie was appointed to the Board on 5 June 2018.

She has more than 14 years' experience in legal practice, financial services and governance and has provided regulatory and corporate advice within Australia and Europe.

Skye holds a Bachelor of Laws/Arts (Economics) from the University of Queensland, Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and a Diploma of Financial Planning.