Alan Briggs, President
BSc (Forestry) (ANU); Grad Dip Bus Admin. (Curtin); MBA (Tourism focus) (ECU), PhD (Geoparks) (Murdoch)
A fifth generation Western Australian with a love for travel, Alan has been a member of Avongro since its formation in 2006 and became Chair in 2014 after serving as Deputy Chair for three years.
Alan has keen interest in promoting land management programs and working with other individuals, agencies and companies to achieve improvement in the natural environment of Western Australia.
Alan continues to work with Western Australian Aboriginal communities to establish cultural and conservation projects across the south west south coast and northern Goldfields regions.
Alan sees tourism as a development opportunity across the regions and includes sustainable development as a significant component integrating trees into the landscape.
During his 40 year Public Service career Alan worked with the Forest Department, the Department of Conservation and Land Management, Forest Products Commission and the National Trust of Australia (WA) where he had responsibility for the BushBank and Conservation Covenant programs, and advocacy for natural heritage; Alan also filled the role of Forests Policy Officer for the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries after managing the Midwest and Esperance FPC Share farming branches. These roles have given Alan extensive experience in senior management and advisory roles.
In 2020, Alan completed a PhD studying Stakeholder Perceptions about Geoparks at Murdoch University.