Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

Welcome Frances – our new director

Posted on 31 October, 2017 by Tanya Loos

It is with much pleasure that the staff and committee of Connecting Country welcome our new director, Frances Howe. Frances started at the Connecting Country offices last week in a handover with past directors Chris Timewell and Krista Patterson-Majoor. Welcome Frances, we are thrilled to have you on board!

Frances grew up in Melbourne but fell for central Victoria during numerous childhood visits. She became a part-time Castlemaine resident in 2000, when she bought a run-down old church.

As an environmental scientist, for many years Frances helped assess and manage the environmental and social impacts of large development projects, across Australia and around the world. Frances has led numerous teams of environmental professionals to deliver projects spanning environmental and social baseline studies, impact assessment and management.

Frances also worked as an environmental advisor for a non-government organisation in Lesotho (Africa) and is currently a member of the management committee for The Growing Abundance Project (Castlemaine). Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne, majoring in ecology and conservation biology.

Having travelled far and wide, including living in the Middle East, Africa and the United States, Frances recently returned to settle in Castlemaine. She lives with her husband and dog, on a small bush block just out of town, surrounded by the Castlemaine National Heritage Park.

Frances is in the office from Monday to Thursday, leading the staff team and overseeing Connecting Country’s projects, organisational management and administration.

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