Non Executive Director (Volunteer) 2023

Greenpeace Australia Pacific Limited (GPAP) is seeking to appoint 2 (two) new directors at its 2023 AGM.

GPAP’s Board is dedicated to upholding GPAP’s values, mission and purpose. These are critical as we work to project a compelling vision of an earth capable of nurturing life in all of its magnificent diversity and use our strengths to bring down the vested interests of the fossil fuel order that stand in the way.

About GPAP

Greenpeace is the leading independent environmental campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action and creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that 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.

GPAP is the national/regional Greenpeace organisation for the Australia Pacific region. We operate in Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Cook Islands, Western Samoa, American Samoa, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Belau (Palau), Guam, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Tokelau, and Commonwealth of the Marianna. Our head office is based in Sydney. For more information about our operations go to

GPAP’s values are:

  • 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.

GPAP is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC). It has an annual turnover of approximately $22 million (YE 2021). Our annual financial reports are available on the ACNC’s website at Greenpeace Australia Pacific Limited | ACNC.

About the position 

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-appointment for a second 3 year term. 

Amongst other things, 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;
  • 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; 
  • Be satisfied that systems for identification and management of risks are robust and appropriate; and
  • Comply with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Governance Standards.

Directors are required to uphold their statutory and fiduciary duties to act with in good faith; are to avoid conflicts of interests and owe a duty of care, diligence and skill.

GPAP Board meeting cadence

The GPAP Board meets at least six (6) times per year. During 2021 and 2022 meetings were hybrid with some in-person and others virtual. We anticipate that hybrid style virtual/in-person will be the norm for the foreseeable future. 

All expenses for the Board meeting will be covered by GPAP (including travel, meals and accommodation). In line with our diversity, equity and inclusion principles, candidates that may require remuneration will be considered.

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

Board committees and working groups

There are 6 Board committees and working groups currently including:

  1. Finance and Audit Committee.
  2. Governance Committee.
  3. Nominations Committee.
  4. Philanthropy Working Group.
  5. Risk Working Group.
  6. Generational Vision Working Group (long term planning group).

Board members are expected to be a member of two of those committees/working groups. 

General Assembly

Every GPAP Board member is required to be a member of the GPAP General Assembly (GA), which comprises the membership of GPAP. The GA meets once (1) per year. 

About you

The skills we are looking for in this recruitment round are:

  • Finance, financial management and audit.
  • Digital marketing and/or campaigns.
  • Deep understanding of the cultural, political, economic and social context of Pasifika people (note that our preference is for these applicants to be located in the Pacific rather than in Australia, although those located in Australia will be considered).

You will be asked to nominate which of these skills is your primary skill in the recruitment process. 

You must also be able to: 

  • Fully commit to our mission, goal and values;
  • Display leadership;
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively; and
  • Speak up and ask the hard questions.

If you also have skills in one or more of the following areas it will be favourably looked upon:

  • Corporate governance, particularly in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Environmental (or other) campaigning.
  • Fundraising.
  • Deep understanding of the cultural, political, economic and social context of First Nations people. 
  • Research and/or scientific literacy.

It is essential that all applicants have sufficient time to effectively commit to GPAP Board work (as a guide approximately 15 to 20 hours per month). 

How to apply

Candidates should make their submission via the button below: 

Apply Here

If you are not already a member of the GPAP General Assembly, it will also be necessary to apply for membership using this Recruiterflow General Assembly Application Form

If the Recruiterflow platform poses an accessibility issue for you, please contact GPAP’s company secretary at [email protected] or at:

Company Secretary

Greenpeace Australia Pacific

GPO Box 3307, Sydney NSW 2001.

All applications must be received by 5pm Monday 27th February 2023 AEDT.

GPAP is an equal opportunity organisation 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, women, neuro diverse, non-binary and gender diverse people, LGBTQIA+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

Although this is a voluntary position, for candidates that would require financial compensation, remuneration can be discussed with the Remuneration Committee during the interview process. 

Note the following indicative timeline for recruitment

When What
5pm Monday 27th February
  • Applications close
  • Candidates will be advised if they have been short-listed for interview
Wednesday 22nd and Saturday 25th March 
  • Interviews will be held via zoom. Please advise if you are not available on these dates. 
  • Due diligence conducted on candidates for interview and/or recommendation to AGM
  • Nominations Committee report to Board, with recommendation for candidates for election
Saturday 27th May
  • AGM where Board members are elected by members
  • Nominations Committee report to AGM, with recommendation for candidates for election