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Non-Executive Director (Voluntary)

Organisation : Underwater Earth

Location : Australia, Sydney

Time required : TBD

Duration of project : Ongoing

Skill area : Board & Committee Members

Sector : Conservation & Environment

About the role

Underwater Earth is a company limited by guarantee, and an environmental charity registered with both ACNC and REO with full DGR status. Our registered office is in Sydney with our executive team and board based in NSW and overseas. 

The role of the Board is to 

  • Support our organisation’s growth as we seek to realise our vision and mission;
  • Provide overall strategic and financial guidance into the next stage of our journey;
  • Embraces innovation and agility, moving quickly and adapting as needed;
  • Guide and monitor the management of the company.

Board meetings are held as required and at a minimum every 3 months. They are held remotely given the geographical spread of the board, working to optimise time zones. Normally this equates to early-to-mid evening NSW-time.

This is a volunteer (unpaid) position.

Open to applicants resident in Australia only (preferable NSW) given governance/compliance requirements.


Essential selection criteria

A passion and strong interest in ocean conservation.

Business acumen, particularly around monetising quality content or attracting ESG investors and philanthropists.

Experience and aspiration to contribute at a strategic level to evolving and improving our hybrid, social enterprise business model.

Ability to harness connections and generate investment opportunities ranging from philanthropy to commercial partnerships.

Knowledge of the responsibilities of a Non-Executive Director, including an understanding of the legal, ethical, fiduciary, and financial responsibilities of Board members.

The ability to read and comprehend the company’s accounts and financial material presented to the board.


Highly desirable skills and expertise

Creative arts, media, marketing, brand, and communications expertise.

Ability to harness connections and generate funding opportunities for the organisation.

Non-profit knowledge whilst not required would be considered an added benefit.

Likewise, experience in governance is not critical but a willingness to develop that expertise is key.

Environmental science/conservation expertise would prove very valuable.



About the organisation

Organisation name : Underwater Earth

Underwater Earth’s charitable mission is to reveal the ocean to the world using creative storytelling combined with innovative, immersive technology to educate and inspire positive action. We use technology accessible in the home and classroom, and at exhibitions and events. We are the team behind 10 years of underwater Google Street View; the ‘XL Catlin Seaview Survey’, an extensive multi-year scientific survey of coral reefs around the globe; the announcement, revealing and following of ‘The Third Global Coral Bleaching Event’ which in turn, became the subject of a major award-winning Netflix documentary 'Chasing Coral'; the creation of a number of award-winning underwater Virtual Reality films, and most recently our interactive touring gallery exhibition, ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’.

How to apply

For further information please email Lorna Parry, Managing Director, using the subject line: Non-Executive Director enquiry at

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


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