Arron Wood

Chief Development Officer

Named in the top ten education leaders nationally as part of The Weekend Australian magazine, Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award-winner Arron Wood grew up in Mildura, Victoria spending his early years campaigning to save the River Murray. Rather aptly titled his autobiography ‘Billabong Boy’ was inspired by those early years. 

Arron is the Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne. He is founder of the award-winning education program Kids Teaching Kids that has seen over 145,000 students participate in the peer education model since 1999 and won the Victorian Telstra News Ltd Micro Business of the Year. 

Arron received The Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to conservation, awarded by the Governor-General and completed a Churchill Fellowship to New York with the United Nations. As a past winner of the United Nations Individual Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment Arron was also the 2001 Young Australian of the Year for the environment. 

He is currently on the board of South East Water, was the youngest Board Member of the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority and a Sustainability Victoria Board Member.

In what was a huge career highlight Arron’s commitment to the environment was covered on ABC’s Australian Story