February 3, 2022

Eco-Markets Australia welcomes Julia Spicer OAM as Chief Executive Officer

Eco-Markets Australia, the nation’s first independent administrator of environmental markets, is pleased to announce the appointment of Julia Spicer OAM as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer.

Mrs Spicer OAM brings a depth of skills and experience in the environmental, agricultural and innovation space, is an experienced business leader and has an extensive network and an intimate understanding of regional Australia.

Recently awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2022 Australia Day Honours for service to her regional community through a range of organisations, her passion lies in contributing to the viability and vibrancy of regional Australia.

“The appointment of an inaugural CEO is an exciting milestone in the development of Eco-Markets Australia,” said Eco-Markets Australia Chair Jo Sheppard.

“I am pleased to announce that EMA has secured Mrs Julia Spicer OAM contracting her for the next 12 months as the organisations inaugural CEO.

“It is important as an organisation to have the right executive leadership to take Eco-Markets Australia to the next level as we continue to grow our capacity as Australia’s first independent environmental markets administrator.

“The environment in which we are operating is incredibly fluid and evolving quickly. The addition of a CEO resource will enable the organisation to capitalize on opportunities and continue to build its sustainable business model to ensure future success.”

With a background in natural resource management and working with progressive producers across Australia on earlier programs to encourage and reward land managers for biodiversity outcomes, makes Julia Spicer a great asset to the organisation, particularly in this critical time of its development.

“I believe that there is such an opportunity for Australian land managers to be recognised and rewarded for good land management and for there to be systems in place that can robustly monitor such claims,” she said. 

“I’ve been watching the work that Jo, the board and staff have been doing at EMA and I’m delighted to be able to work with them at this stage to progress the strategy.

“The independent nature of the association should give stakeholders and participants confidence.  We really are at the beginning of the environmental markets space in Australia – with carbon and reef credits the first of many.  This is a great opportunity for us all.”

Mrs Spicer OAM will commence work on 10 February 2022, working 3 days a week with Eco-Markets Australia’s existing staff team and Board to take the organisation to the next stage of growth.