A man who has played a key role in the development of environmental policy and program delivery across Australia has been announced as the new Director of the Australian Antarctic Division.

Dr Tony Fleming has held senior executive positions within both the Federal and New South Wales public service for more than 20 years and more recently in the not-for-profit sector.

Dr Fleming has been the Director of the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Deputy Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change.

He worked with the Commonwealth to develop the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and was responsible for the Environment Department’s environmental science and reporting activities.

Most recently he was National Operations Manager with not-for-profit organisation the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, which manages over 2.5 million hectares of Australia for conservation purposes.

Dr Fleming holds a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Forestry from the Australian National University.

Dr Fleming also has strong family connections with Antarctica. His grandfather Sir Raymond Priestley went south with both Shackleton (Nimrod expedition in 1907–09) and Scott (Terra Nova expedition 1910–1913).

Additionally his grandfather’s sisters married Thomas Griffith Taylor and Charles ‘Silas’ Wright, who were both members of Scott’s Terra Nova expedition.

Dr Fleming will take up his position in August.