Jane Hutchinson TAS

For more than a decade Jane Hutchinson has been deeply involved in one of the country’s great environmental success stories that has delivered an enormous boost to Tasmania’s precious wilderness, an area that is otherwise so often ensnared in bitter political battles. The avid conservationist heads the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC), an organisation that has grown from humble beginnings to now protecting 65,000 hectares of habitat for threatened wildlife species such as the Tasmanian devil and wedge tailed-eagle. As part of its efforts, the TLCpossesses 14 nature reserves, making it one of the largest private land owners in Tasmania. And it has established innovative programs with farmers to help them conserve areas of ecological value on their land. “It is very pragmatic” Ms Hutchinson says of the organisation. “Sciences underpins all the work that we do, and we use business principles.”

A committed conservationist, Jane Hutchinson was one of a handful of volunteers who started the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) in 2001. Since then, TLC has grown from a $50 bank account to a $30 million organisation which protects 65,000 hectares of habitat for threatened flora and fauna. Jane has steered TLC from a humble not-for-profit to a highly-regarded organisation acknowledged for its important and innovative conservation work. Jane has devoted countless hours to her cause. While practicing law, Jane helped establish TLC’s constitutional and financial frameworks in her spare time. She sat on the TLC Board for five years, including three years as President, before stepping into the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Jane’s persistence has paid off and she now leads science-driven conservation projects which safeguard the habitat of threatened species, including the Tasmanian devil, wedge-tailed eagle and Clarence Galaxias native fish. Under Jane’s watchful eye, TLC now protects more than two per cent of Tasmania’s private land.