Board of Directors


Jessica Feehely

Vice President 2017 - 2018

  Jess Feehely is Principal Lawyer with the Tasmanian Environmental Defender’s Office. Jess works on matters relating to forestry, coastal management and planning. She has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Environmental Science from Griffith University and worked in private practice for several years before commencing with the EDO. Jess has also worked on environmental law and community engagement projects in Vanuatu.   

Natasha Hammond

Secretary 2017 - 2018
  Natasha Hammond is a barrister practising at the New South Wales bar  and a lecturer in environmental law at the University of New South Wales. She has a Masters in Environmental Law from University of Sydney. Prior to being admitted to the bar, Natasha worked as an environment and planning lawyer in a number of different contexts including advising government and developer clients at a Sydney law firm, running significant  litigation in the NSW Land and Environment Court and the Federal Court on behalf of community organisations at the EDO NSW and, most recently, prosecuting environmental offences at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.     

Hanna Jaireth

Treasurer 2017 - 2018

  Dr Hanna Jaireth has a longstanding interest in ecologically sustainable development and human rights. She has worked as an academic, lawyer, public servant, parliamentary inquiry secretary and journalist in a range of private and public sector positions, many with an environmental focus. Hanna has been a member of the management committee of the EDO (ACT) since 1995 and a member of several IUCN Commissions since 1996. She was an elected NGO representative on the Australian Committee of the IUCN in 2013, and the national editor of the National Environmental Law Review (2010–13). She has undergraduate arts/law and postgraduate international relations qualifications.    

Jan McDonald

        Jan McDonald is Professor of Environmental Law and Associate Dean (Research) at University of Tasmania’s faculty of Law and a leading expert in the legal and policy dimensions of climate change adaptation. Before coming to Tasmania in 2010, Jan was Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program and Professor of Environmental Law and Policy in the Griffith School of Environment. In 2007, she established the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, a Commonwealth-funded interdisciplinary effort to generate the information needed by decision-makers in government and in vulnerable sectors and communities to manage the risks of climate change impacts. Jan is a member of the Tasmanian Climate Action Council and consults to local and State government in Australia about the legal implications of coastal climate risks. She was a Contributing Author to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.     

Bronwyn Woodgate

        Bronwyn Woodgate is a solicitor in the Projects and Real Estate team at King & Wood Mallesons, specialising in environment and planning law.  Bronwyn acts for private and public sector clients on a range of environment, planning, regulatory and governance matters across all Australian jurisdictions.  Bronwyn has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University, and a Master of Laws (Environment) from the Australian National University.