After 20 years in the Banking and Finance sectors, thanks to the GFC Ben realigned his career in 2012 to environmental and conservation management by joining the Queensland Trust for Nature as its inaugural external CEO. In 2016, Ben joined Skroo and Jude Turners private family group to establish the Turner Family Foundation. This Foundation has established a number of projects including the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre which oversees the breeding and research into Australia’s endangered and threatened wildlife in partnership with UQ. Other projects include the ecological restoration of the Turners three Nature Refuges and the Little Liverpool Range Initiative, a wildlife corridor in south-east Queensland.

Ben will be showcasing Spicers Resort’s Conservation planning process, land covenants and protection via the legal system. He will present in the “Best of the Best” session as part of the “Protect” theme of the conference.