Bridging science, people and the environment
The Peter Cullen Trust exists to improve Australia’s water and environmental management by fostering great leaders and transformative conversations. We work towards a world where water and the environment are managed sustainably and equitably.
About the Trust
With the support of its donors and sponsors, the Trust delivers programs that develop leaders who improve Australia’s water and environment management. The Trust is not politically aligned and is neither an advocate nor a lobbying organisation. Through developing leaders in the water sector and raising the level of discourse – by facilitating, convening and enabling – the Trust empowers others to be effective communicators and advocates.
This first edition of Bridging for the year has a focus on Wetlands. It has bubbled up some important contributions from Fellows-in-the-field, and I commend their work to your attention.
2024 is the Trust’s 15th Anniversary year, and I’m thrilled to share details of two milestone events we are planning for May in Canberra. Flick to the Diary Dates for these announcements and save those dates in your own calendars.
And what a privilege to share this first month of my time at the Trust with the Chair-elect, Professor Emerita Cynthia Mitchell AO and to showcase her remarkable worklife journey later in this edition of Bridging.
On the 1st February 2024, the Peter Cullen Trust welcomed its fourth Chief Executive Officer, Rosie Wheen. Rosie succeeds Darryl Day, who has held the position for the past three years. Darryl commenced at the height of the Covid experience, helped us navigate that very difficult time and emerge with our business, our networks and our future in very good shape.
We often reflect on Peter Cullen’s vision, his ability to articulate the complex in plain, accessible language and on his courageous leadership. Peter was the master of the metaphor. We have many examples of these attributes, captured in the seminal publication “This Land Our Water” edited by our Patron Vicky Cullen. In this issue of Bridging we invite you to reflect on one of Peter’s most memorable speeches from the publication: “Science and Politics – Speaking Truth to Power”. Peter gave the speech at the North American Benthological Society Annual Conference in the USA, in June 2006, and I can imagine the impact it had on those present, as it will on readers today.
WHAT OUR PARTICIPANTS SAID