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Organisation : Greenpeace Australia Pacific (GPAP)

Location : Sydney

Time required : As a guide, 15 - 20 hours per month

Duration of project : GPAP Board Directors are appointed for a 3 year term, with the option of re-nomination for a 2nd 3 year term

Sector : Conservation & Environment

About the role

Greenpeace Australia Pacific Limited (GPAP) is committed to excellence in governance and therefore seeks suitability qualified individuals to join the board and contribute to the overall success of the organisation.

The GPAP Board is dedicated to fulfill our key strategic commitments outlined in the GPAP three year plan 2018-2020. Ultimately, upholding GPAP values, mission and purpose is critical as we work to ‘ignite the shared social, political, economic and cultural power of people to win a just and healthy planet‘.   

This year presents a unique opportunity for the recruitment of 3 x new board members to join us and contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation over the next 3 years.

Candidates must have sufficient time to effectively commit to GPAP Board work (as a guide approximately 15 – 20 hours per month) and as a priority one of the following three areas of skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated financial experience – candidates who have a CPA or CA will be favourably considered.
  • Demonstrated philanthropic fundraising experience – candidates who have expertise in philanthropic fundraising and relevant networks will be favourably considered.
  • Demonstrated digital technology experience – candidates who have expertise in digital media, sales and marketing will be favourably considered.

Ideally candidates will also have:

  • experience in Greenpeace, campaigning and/or expertise in environmental or wider movements
  • relevant governance experience, skills, and availability to be considered in future to become the GPAP Board Chair
  • relevant networks suitable to providing significant value to the GPAP Board as it scales up for greater achievement.


Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Greenpeace’s goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.

Our core values

  • Independence: We do not accept money from governments, corporations or political parties because it would compromise our core values.
  • Bearing witness: Our peaceful protests work to raise awareness and bring public opinion to bear on decision-makers.
  • Non-violent direct action: We strongly believe that violence in any form is morally wrong and accomplishes nothing. Greenpeace takes non-violent direct action at the point of an environmental crime to expose an environmental problem.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s (GPAP) head office is based in Sydney. It has an annual turnover of approximately $19 million (YE 2018). For more information about Greenpeace Australia Pacific (GPAP), go to


The GPAP Board is above all else the guarantor of the integrity of the organisation.

GPAP Board Directors are:

  • appointed for a 3 year term, with the option of re-nomination for a 2nd 3 year term. 
  • required to uphold their statutory and fiduciary duties to act in good faith; avoid conflict of interests and owe duty of care diligence and skill.

The full range of GPAP Board member responsibilities is extensive. In summary, the GPAP Board is expected to exercise the following key responsibilities:  

  • Ensure that GPAP’s mission is clear, appropriate and maintains relevance as times change
  • Expected to provide guidance for setting the direction of GPAP
  • Continuously monitor GPAP’s programmes and activities to ensure they are aligned with GPAP’s mission and achieve their short-term goals and long-term purpose
  • Ensure executive performance by setting objectives and performance indicators for the CEO and regularly reviewing his/her performance  
  • Ensure that GPAP obtains and appropriately uses the resources required to carry out GPAP’s mission and sustain it 
  • Be satisfied as to the adequacy and integrity of financial and other reporting to the Board and that there are adequate systems of internal control; and
  • Be satisfied that systems for identification and management of risks are robust and appropriate.

As a member of the board of a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), GPAP Board members have duties and responsibilities prescribed under the ACNC Governance Standard 5, which include:

  • To act with reasonable care and diligence
  • To act in good faith in the best interests of Greenpeace and for a proper purpose
  • Not to improperly use information or position
  • To disclose conflicts of interest
  • To ensure that financial affairs are managed responsibly
  • Not to allow the charity to operate while insolvent.


It is essential that all applicants to the GPAP Board deeply consider the required time contribution to be an effective GPAP Board member.

GPAP Board applicants need to be able to have sufficient time to contribute to the Board work and participate on Board Committees (as a guide, 15 – 20 hours per month). 


The GPAP Board meets at least six (6) times per year in Sydney, in person. 

GPAP Board meeting cadence includes, a formal evening Board dinner the night prior to a full day Board meeting the following day.

Every GPAP Board member is required to be a member of the GPAP General Assembly (GA), an overarching governance body of GPAP with specific powers under the GPAP Constitution to make some decisions. The GA meets once (1) per year and a General Assembly update is provided shortly after each GPAP Board meeting. Nominees can apply for both application to the General Assembly and application to the Board at the same Annual General Meeting.   


All candidates wishing to be considered as part of this process are required to complete and submit:

  1. An Expression of Interest via Recruiterflow
  2. Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  3. As all GPAP Board members are required to be members of the GPAP General Assembly (GA), candidates also need to complete the GA Application Form and GA Applicant Disclosure form.

All documents must be received by 7pm, Friday 3rd of April 2020.

Candidates should make their submission via Recruiterflow. If this poses an accessibility issue please contact GPAP’s company secretary at or at:

          Company Secretary

          Greenpeace Australia Pacific

          GPO Box 3307, Sydney NSW 2001

Upon initial assessment of applications, the GPAP Nominations Committee will seek to interview shortlisted candidates between Tuesday 14 April 2020 to Sunday 19 April 2020.

Please ensure you are available during the above proposed dates should you be shortlisted for an interview. A recruitment decision will be made by vote at the GPAP Annual General Meeting in May 2020.

We value and support diversity: Greenpeace Australia Pacific  is an equal opportunity employer and promotes an environment that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions of all people. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and Indigenous peoples from the pacific, people with disability, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this role. 


About the organisation

Organisation name : Greenpeace Australia Pacific (GPAP)
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this volunteering opportunity.

Please quote in application: Non-Executive Board Member (Voluntary) via Pro Bono Australia.


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