Beth Slatyer

(Convenor) Beth Slatyer is passionate about improving health and wellbeing for all. She is an Honorary Fellow at the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne and works on health and development across the Pacific. She was previously a Senior Health Specialist with AusAID and through that work developed a deep appreciation of how good governance, public interest institutions and accountability underpin equitable and sustainable social and economic systems.

Beth was born and bred in Canberra — and is committed to giving voice to all Canberrans who want a well-functioning democracy which operates in the public interest.

Petra Cram

(Secretary) Petra has been a Primary school teacher for 25 years, is committed to excellence in education and also cares deeply for the well-being of Earth and its complex living systems.  She is passionate about finding participatory and democratic solutions to the problem of the corporate takeover of our civic and political lives, and is convinced that a cohesion of our diverse civil society groups, will garner the power needed to create a balance between economic, civic and political forces in our society.

Bob Douglas

Bob Douglas, since his retirement from the Foundation Directorship of  the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the ANU in 2001 has been first, the Chair and now a Director of Australia21.

He was, from 2006 to 2012 Chair of SEE-Change, for which he currently leads a Youth Parliament on Sustainability in schools across the ACT.

Mark Spain

(Treasurer) Mark Spain is a leader and learner in developing systems, structures and processes that build innovation, curiosity and high-trust relationships with people and their organisations to produce sustainable business results.

He enjoys working with energetic teams of people who are focused on creating extraordinary results.

He is particularly passionate about implementing sustainable and ethical business management systems that build success for all players, and for the future.

Currently he is Chair of SEE-Change.

His family, climbing mountains and house-building rate highly, too.

Peter W. Tait

Peter Tait has been a General Practitioner for 35 years, 30 in Aboriginal health in Central Australia. He was the 2007 RACGP GP of the Year. He achieved a Masters of Climate Change at ANU in 2010. He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at ANU Medical School.

Peter believes a person’s health is grounded in a healthy society, and a healthy society on a healthy ecosystem. He is on the Board of the Public Health Association Australia and active as convener of the PHAA Ecology and Environment Special Interest Group, and in the Climate and Health Alliance, Frank Fenner Foundation, the Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy, and other environment and peace groups.

Walter Steensby

(Web Manager) Walter is one of many people concerned by the direction that democracy in Australia, and indeed the world, is taking, and has joined CAPaD to work towards new solutions, new attitudes and new behaviours.

He and his wife Cindy pursue a sustainable way of life, growing some of their own vegetables and recycling where possible. He is a past president of the Canberra Organic Growers Society, is a member of the Canberra City Farm, Slow Food Australia and SEE-Change. He is part of the movement in the ACT towards setting up a much-expanded regional food economy.