Director of the Centre and WA Scientist of the Year (2016), he leads a multi-disciplinary research team in the restoration and conservation sciences. He is an accomplished scientist with 14 books, 385 publications and has completed almost 60 PhD students. He holds positions on international and national boards and commissions including co-chair of the Orchid Specialist Group of the IUCN, Chair of the Research Committee of the Australian Orchid Foundation, Chair of the International Network for Seed-based Restoration, Chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia and Board member of the peak body for restoration, the international Society for Ecological Restoration. His major achievement includes the publication in 2016 of the first International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration which followed the publication in the same year of Australia’s first National Standards. He is a passionate public speaker in biodiversity conservation and a keen gardener and bushland restorer.