Our staff

Our Staff

The Institute is a not for profit with staff, researchers, interns and volunteers working part-time or on specific projects.

John Merson
Executive Director

John Merson (PhD) is the Executive Director of the Institute and was one of its founding  in 2004. He was Executive Director until 2008 and the  Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies at UNSW until 2012, where he remains an Honorary Professor.

John has been a consultant to UNESCO, APEC, IUCN, DEST & Dept of Foreign Affairs. He was a member of the Australian Indonesia Steering Committee on Science and Technology, and the Australia Korea Forum. He is the author of six books and a wide range of academic papers and research covering issues of Environment & Development, Adaptive Environmental Policy & Management and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. For his journalistic work he is the recipient of a United Nations Media Peace Prize.

Dominic O’Grady
Communications and Marketing Manager


Dominic O’Grady is the Institute’s Communications and Marketing Manager.

Dr O’Grady is an adviser to the Australian Human Rights Commission. He has previously worked in communications and media at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Tourism Australia and the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism. He is a former Fairfax journalist and previous editor of the Sydney Alumni Magazine, the Australian Author, and the Star Observer newspaper. He holds a Doctor of Arts in media and communications from the University of Sydney.


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Annabel Murray
LCL Program Manager 

Annabel comes to the BMWHI with a background in Biology, Conservation, Community Development and the Organic Food Industry. She had a career working in the small business and social services sectors before returning to university to study Environmental Science.

Her UNSW Honors thesis that studied the urban bushland of Girraween Park in Sydney’s Wolli Creek, showed statistically for the first time increasing native and decreasing exotic plant species with increasing years of bush regeneration.



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Alex Dunlop

Alex has 15 years experience in Client Services, Event Management and TV Production. In her most recent roles Alex has utilised her skill set as an Executive Assistant and is now working on administration requirements for the institute.

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