Meet our members

Community representatives

Board member profile

Janet Brook

Presiding Member, SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board

Janet was appointed to the SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management (SAAL NRM) Board as Presiding Member in 2011 after a long association with NRM in the region. She was a member of the community-based Marree-Innamincka NRM Group since the board’s inception in 2005 and has been a board member since late 2009.

Janet also spent two years on the old Marree Soil Conservation Board, where she was involved with the beginnings of the NRM Act 2004 and the former Rangelands Integrated NRM Group. Janet is particularly keen to build on the SAAL NRM Board’s achievements and maintain the relevance of the board in the region. Her term as Presiding Member will be critical to delivering on the SAAL Regional NRM Plan, which sets the direction for NRM in the region to 2020.

In May 2018 Janet was appointed as the South Australian representative for the NRM Regions Australia for a 12 month term.

Since 1998, Janet has lived with her husband, Anthony, and their four children, on Cordillo Downs, an 8000 square kilometre cattle station in the far north east of South Australia. She has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.


Jan Ferguson 

Board Member

Jan joined the NRM board in May 2018, bringing more than10 years experience serving on the board of Nature Conservation Foundation.

For nine years Jan managed Ninti One Limited, a national not-for-profit that delivered notable results for people, industries and communities in remote Australia through research, innovation and enterprise development.  

For over 15 years  Jan worked in the South Australian Government at senior and executive levels, during which time she won the 1997 Telstra Business Woman of the Year (SA Public Sector Category).

Having lived in Beltana in northern SA, and Alice Springs, NT, Jan has a particular, heartfelt commitment to building a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all remote Australians.

In 2017, Jan was awarded Medal of Order of Australia for service to the Indigenous communities of the Northern Territory.

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Rick Barratt

Board Member

Rick has over 25 years experience as a scientific officer with the South Australian Government and as an environmental consultant. He has extensive skills in biodiversity assessment and monitoring, flora and fauna surveys and has led several major surveys of flora and fauna in all mainland states.

A major focus for his work has been the development and application of techniques to assess and monitor the impact of domestic stock grazing on Australian arid and semi-arid ecosystems.

Through his work in both fauna survey and vegetation monitoring on the River Murray and Cooper/Diamantina floodplains, Rick has developed excellent skills in flora and fauna identification and habitat assessment.

As a South Australian Government representative in Indigenous Land Use Agreement negotiations, Rick has worked extensively with native title claimant groups and other stakeholders and has a good working knowledge of the Native Title Act (1993).

His recent work with the Science Monitoring and Knowledge Branch of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, as a senior ecologist, has included flora and fauna surveys as part of mining/development environmental approvals (including EPBC referrals) and ecological assessment and approvals for fibre optic cable installation for routes in SA, WA, Queensland and NT. 

Rick also represents the SA Arid Lands Board on the Outback Bushfire Management Committee and is Chair of the Board’s Governance and Finance Committee and a member of the Board’s Water Advisory Committee.

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Murray Tyler

Board Member

Murray lived and worked in the SAAL NRM region for 14 years and was previously a member of the Marree-Innamincka NRM group. He has worked in the mining industry for over 25 years, since graduating as a geologist, and now works as an Environmental Advisor for BHP Billiton on the Olympic Dam expansion project. Prior to this he worked as the Senior Environmental Scientist at their Olympic Dam operation, with responsibility for environmental programs associated with groundwater and water supply to the site.

Murray has a Masters Degree in Environmental Management, and is also the mining sector representative on the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee.

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Mark Sutton

Board Member

Mark has a commitment to the outback developed over a period of 20 years of living and working in the region. He first arrived in the region in 1993 as a Constable with the South Australia Police and, over nine years, was stationed at Leigh Creek, Marree, Innamincka, Marla, the Pitjantjatjara Lands, Coober Pedy, Woomera, Roxby Downs, Andamooka, William Creek and finally at Oodnadatta.

Whilst in Oodnadatta, Mark also served as the Chair of the Oodnadatta Progress Association (1999-2002) and shortly afterwards accepted the position of Community Development Officer with the Outback Community Development Trust based in Port Augusta. Shortly afterwards, Mark took on the role of Manager and, in 2010, took on his current role.

Mark is the General Manager of the Office for the Outback Communities Authority (OCA), a South Australian Government Statutory Authority responsible for community development and limited ‘local government’ service provision in the out-of-councils area of the state.

Mark’s knowledge of the region and its people is widely acknowledged and his input is frequently sought in developing regional policy, ranging from economic development to drought response to infrastructure provision. 

In 2018 Mark was elected as Chair of the Regional Development Australia Far North Board.

Board member Glenise Coulthard

Glenise Coulthard

Board Member

Glenise is a proud Adnyamathanha Woman widely regarded as a community leader within the northern Flinders Ranges and beyond. She holds a director’s position with the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association and is a long standing member of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park Co-management Board.  She maintains strong connections with the community at a regional level and is often asked to speak at events, conferences and workshops to represent the views of the Adnyamanthanha community. 

As a senior Traditional Owner who has a close spiritual connection to her Country, Glenise has also developed a strong knowledge around conservation and biodiversity management principles. Of note, active participation in the reintroduction of the locally extinct Idnya (Western Quoll) and Virlda (Brushtail Possum) within the National Park was a highlight for Glenise and her community. Appointed as a member of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park Co-management Board in 2012, Glenise has actively contributed to the protection, promotion and interpretation of Adnyamathanha culture and significant cultural sites.

Glenise is the Deputy Chair of Ninti One, a national not-for-profit company that builds opportunities for people in remote Australia through research, innovation and community development.  Having served more than 20 years as a Director on the Royal Flying Doctor Service Board, Glenise is widely respected for her contributions at a national level, bringing a cultural voice to decisions that have a national impact.

Currently holding a Senior Management role within the South Australian Public Sector with a long and successful career in health administration under her belt, and living on her family property Iga Warta in the Far North of SA where a successful cultural tourism business is run by her family, Glenise is frequently invited to participate on numerous boards and committees at a local, state and national level and has many years of experience on multiple governing and community level entities.


Ellen Litchfield

Board member

Ellen Litchfield was appointed to the SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management (SAAL NRM) Board I April this year.

The youngest board member is a third generation pastoralist whose knowledge of the region will be of great value to the Landscape SA vision.

Having already completed a Bachelor in Veterinary Science, Ellen is cnrrently studying a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture alongside a Nuffield Scholarship. She is passionate about bridging the knowledge gap between research organisations, producers and industry bodies on the effects of climate change and look at solutions for a strong, more sustainable, red meat sector.

Home for Ellen is Wilpoorinna Station, east of Marree.