Director, Protect Ningaloo
After being mesmerised by Ningaloo Reef as a teenager and volunteering in turtle research there in the 90s, Paul was spokesperson for the original campaign for Ningaloo in the early 2000s (that AMCS played a key role in) that boosted protection and achieved World Heritage listing.
Paul then led WWF-Australia’s work to protect offshore reefs and islands from oil and gas development, and its part of the combined efforts that forged the Kimberley conservation strategy and the world’s largest marine protected area system, in Australia’s federal waters (and in Antarctica). Working in Europe with WWF International, Paul was the architect of its campaign to awaken leaders around the world to the urgent necessity of ocean conservation, and the climate nexus.
Paul is now a WA-based director with AMCS where he leads Protect Ningaloo to stop industrialisation of the magnificent Exmouth Gulf, and contributes to a range of WA and national ocean and climate priorities. Paul’s preferred habitat is on/underwater and in his spare time he can be found tinkering on his designs for a waterproof laptop so he can combine his passions.