Trust for Nature welcomes new CEO
We are pleased to announce that Corinne Proske has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Trust for Nature.
Corinne is an experienced CEO and executive, with a Masters in Environmental Science and a passion for conservation, sustainability and nature which has dominated her personal life and aspects of her career.
Chair of Trust for Nature, Gayle Austen, said the Board was impressed by Corinne’s bandwidth across the NGO, government and commercial sectors. Gayle said, “Corinne has a passion for making a difference with her people leadership, advocacy and strategic marketing. She demonstrates a deep and long-standing commitment to nature and an understanding of the challenges which face Trust for Nature and the environment sector as a whole.”
As Founder/CEO of Speckle and General Manager Online and Retail at Good Shepherd, Corinne developed innovative and practical pathways to provide finance to vulnerable people who struggle to access conventional financial services.
She was most recently CEO of Jobsbank, a start-up NFP which works with government, social enterprises, Indigenous business and employers to provide inclusive workplaces and harness the benefits of social procurement and sustainability.
Corinne said she is looking forward to returning to the environment and conservation sector. She said, “I’m very interested in finding ways to leverage finance to benefit the environment. To the credit of its innovative staff, Trust for Nature uses a range of avenues and mechanisms to fund its work to increase permanently protected areas on private land in Victoria—I’m looking forward to supporting those and enabling further opportunities.
“I really believe nature is a part of humans’ wellbeing and it’s critical we do all we can to prevent further species loss. On a recent trip to Papua I saw the damage that has been done to reefs and it made me realise that I couldn’t sit on the sidelines anymore, I had to be part of the solution.”
Corinne replaces Vic Marles who has been Trust for Nature’s CEO for the past 13 years and will start with the Trust on November 7.