Keith Bradby OAM
Chief Executive Officer
Keith is a long-time advocate for the ecological values of south-western Australia and the strength of grass roots work. As a community based activist in the early 1980s he helped halt the clearing of some 3 million hectares of public land for marginal agriculture and as a concerned local was involved with establishing some of Australia’s earliest landcare groups and Australia’s first activated Biosphere Reserve program. As a businessman he has owned and ran beekeeping and native seed businesses, consulted to the mining sector and worked in local enterprise development. Keith has worked directly for three State Cabinet Ministers – across the political divide. As a public servant in the 1990s he managed and reformed the Peel-Harvey catchment program and drove the process that ended large scale land clearing for agriculture in south-western Australia. He has consulted to emerging large landscape efforts in New Zealand, southern Africa and Mexico and is Deputy Chair of the National Landcare Network. He was instrumental in establishing Gondwana Link in 2002 and has led the program since.
Keith has steadily published over a number of years in scientific journals, government reports, consultancy documents and a number of standalone publications, including ‘how to’ guides. He has written one book (so far!) – ‘Peel-Harvey: decline and rescue of an ecosystem’ – and co-wrote and narrated the award winning documentary ‘A Million Acres a Year’. In 2015 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal ‘For service to conservation and the environment in Western Australia.’
Keith is an accomplished public speaker and gives a number of presentations each year local, national and international audiences.