Virginia has been involved in successful environmental campaigns across Australia since the late 1980s.
Prior to this she ran the mining section of the Foreign Investment Division in the Federal Treasury and then her own business. She pioneered a continental scale approach to nature conservation in Australia, called ‘Wild Country’ and has also played a leading role as the Wilderness Society’s National Forest Campaign Co-ordinator in the difficult arena of protecting Australia’s native forests.
She has been involved in international climate processes and campaigns since 2007. The opportunities and challenges which were apparent then lead her to create (working with key ally Global Witness) an alliance of like-minded international ENGO’s called the Ecosystems Climate Alliance who work together to bring good science, good policy and nature advocacy into the UNFCCC.
Virginia was awarded Wild magazine’s Environmentalist of the Year in 2001, and was recognised as one of 20 ‘Global Wilderness Visionaries’ by the World Wilderness Congress in 2010.
Virginia Chairs the Gondwana Link Board of Directors.