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Who are TierraMar?

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TierraMar is a registered charity that applies nature based solutions and other innovative approaches to secure a future where people and nature thrive. We strive to enhance the resilience of our planet and communities to halt and reverse nature loss and achieve a net zero emissions world by 2050.

We partner with businesses, organisations and governments to help them invest wisely, so the results are secured for generations. Click here to find out what we do.

TierraMar Who We Are

TierraMar Board

Dr Chris Wilcox, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO
Dr Chris Wilcox, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO
Diane Tarte, CHAIR. Director, Marine Ecosystem Policy Advisors
Diane Tarte, CHAIR. Director, Marine Ecosystem Policy Advisors
Anissa Lawrence, Managing Director, Founder TierraMar
Anissa Lawrence, Managing Director, Founder TierraMar
Dr Ray Nias, Director Tierramar
Dr Ray Nias, Director TierraMar
Robert Frazer, SECRETARY. Director TierraMar
Robert Frazer, SECRETARY, Director TierraMar

Our Team

Every member of our team has over 20 years of experience. Our partners benefit from our ability to secure outcomes that can last for generations.

Anissa Lawrence, Managing Director

Anissa is qualified in environmental science and accounting with experience in coastal and marine natural resource management (NRM), conservation, communication, business and risk management. Anissa previously held leadership positions in a number of Australian conservation organisations focused on improving sustainability of fisheries and coastal and marine ecosystems. She has held senior positions in a number of leading international consulting and professional services firms where she provided expertise in environmental, business, operational and technological risk management, systems and process design and control, and strategic planning and management.

Dr Raymond Nias, Director

Ray is a founding member of TierraMar and an experienced conservationist who has worked with governments, conservation groups and communities throughout the Asia-Pacific region for 30 years. From 1988 – 2009, he was Director of Conservation for WWF Australia, leading conservation activities, research, policy development, advocacy, and community outreach. This included chairing the International Marine Advisory Group; and establishing the South Pacific, Antarctic and Southern Ocean programs. From 2012 – 2018, Ray was also Southwest Pacific Region Director with Island Conservation, which prevents extinction through removal of invasive species. Ray’s expertise is in the development, funding and management of conservation programs.

Robert Frazer, Director

Bob has more than 37 years experience in community development and government, facilitation and mediation. He has worked extensively with Indigenous communities and organisations, and in a leadership role in natural resource and cultural heritage. Bob is passionate about community resilience and helping people achieve improved environmental, social, cultural and economic outcomes. Bob has worked as CEO for Cape York Natural Resources Management (NRM) and North Queensland NRM Alliance in mid-2018. He helped establish Southern Queensland Landscapes Ltd., Australia’s newest Regional NRM Body and has been a director and secretary for several Indigenous, NRM, conservation and environment organisations since 1995.

Helen Rosoux, TierraMar Finance Manager

Helen has over 25 years’ experience in managing finance departments and providing accounting solutions.  Her experience includes large media and production departments in the advertising and movie industries, Natural Resource Managements (NRM) professional service companies, and environmental conservation not for profit organisations, particularly relating to coastal, marine and fisheries. Her working knowledge in sales, marketing, operations analysis, data processing, mathematics, economics, accounting, auditing, tax, and budgeting gives her the ability to run the business effectively and efficiently.

Jessica Nias, Communications Manager, Project Officer

Jessica joined TierraMar in 2018. She has 10 years experience in small business management in Australia and the Pacific, including marketing, social media communications, project management, community engagement, people management, operations, accounting, procurement and delivery. Her passion for conservation, circular economy and values driven business combines at TierraMar with her communications and digital media marketing expertise.

Diane Tarte

Diane Tarte is an ecosystem and oceans policy expert who is also an IUCN representative on the Reef Advisory Committee and was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to marine and coastal conservation in 2003. Diane’s is focused on ecosystem-based management of coasts, marine, waterways and fisheries. For 45 years she has helped protect the Great Barrier Reef and tropical coastal wetlands. She is director of the Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters and also chairs the Great Barrier Reef Regional Report Cards Technical Working Group and is a member of the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Advisory Committee.