Neil Cooper PSM
Neil gained a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) degree from ANU in 1982, after which he held various forestry, land management and fire related positions, before commencing at ACT Forests in 1986. Following the devastating 2003 Canberra fires, Neil was appointed to the position of Senior Manager of Fire Forests and Roads with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, responsible for all fire issues across the 150,000 ha of unleased Territory Land in the ACT with additional responsibility for all ACT commercial forestry operations and all rural road maintenance. Neil was a director on the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Board for over 10 years; Chair of the Forest Fire Management Group (FFMG) for 12 years , and the ACT Representative on the Forestry and Forest Products Committee (FFPC), a Ministerial subcommittee, for 20 years. In 2010 he was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for his involvement in the national and international fire sector.
Neil “retired” from the ACT Government in 2021 and is now a part time farmer while also being contracted to CSIRO as the Programme Manager for the National Bushfire Intelligence Capability (NBIC) project that aims to achieve uniformity in the way bushfire risk and bushfire intensity is mapped across Australia.