New emerging leader joins Terrain NRM board

LUCY FRIEND JOINS TERRAIN NRM BOARD AS EMERGING LEADER

Bringing people together and highlighting the diverse initiatives underpinning natural resource management in the Wet Tropics region is something Terrain NRM’s new ‘Emerging Leader’ Lucy Friend is passionate about.

As North Queensland Airports’ Environmental Manager, Lucy will bring skills and experience in environmental strategy and collaborative environmental management.

Lucy was born in Cairns and is an active part of the Far North Queensland community. She holds volunteer positions within the biodiversity, conservation, agriculture, youth support, and mental health sectors.

Ms Friend is the fourth leader to take advantage of the Emerging Leader program, designed to improve capacity building and foster leadership within the younger generations of the Wet Tropics community.

“I want to see this region, my home, thrive sustainably, with the support of its future leaders. I’m really excited for the opportunity to fill the twelve-month position as an Emerging Leader with Terrain NRM – it will give me first-hand experience with company directors and will enhance my ability to influence others.”

“Natural Resource Management is of increasing importance locally and globally and we have a real opportunity to build on the inspiring work already done to take things to the next level through good governance and meaningful collaboration,” Ms Friend said.

Terrain NRM’s Board Chair, Dr Keith Noble, said Terrain’s Emerging Leader program was established to provide young people with the real-world experience of board governance, decision making and strategy; along with the opportunity to explore career opportunities within natural resource management.

“While this experience will provide Lucy with an understanding of the importance of a board, over the years we have found that it really helps the Terrain board in understanding and connecting with youthful perspectives and fresh ideas.”

Lucy Friend is Terrain NRM's new emerging board leader

“Youth are our future leaders, and we want to provide every opportunity for them to contribute to the future of the Wet Tropics region, as they’re already at the forefront of change and action now and into the future,” Dr Noble said.

Ms Friend is looking forward to learning more about the great work being done in the not-for-profit sector and develop the strengths of our region as a collective.

“There are some really passionate and skilled people here, and some inspiring work already taking place. We’ve got a lot of exciting new opportunities in our region,” Ms Friend said.

The Emerging Board Leader position is part of Terrain’s Emerging Leader Program. The position is supported by a year-long knowledge exchange and mentoring program, which includes direct participation in Terrain NRM Board meetings, mentoring by Terrain NRM Directors, social events, and AGM attendance.

Visit our Emerging Leaders page for more information.

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