Jane Elix

1960 – 2012


Jane was a passionate advocate for women, the environment and consumer rights. At different stages she was National Coordinator of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, on staff at the Australian Conservation Foundation, Director of the Australian Federation of Consumer Organisations, and formed with friend and colleague Judy Lambert the consultancy partnership Community Solutions specialising in building collaborations for natural resource management. She completed her PhD on multi-party dispute resolution in natural resource management. Her outstanding characteristics were her integrity and commitment to social justice, her sharp insight and ability to work with all sorts of people.

With partner Piers Lauder, Jane raised two children, Gus and Akira. At the time of her death Jane was working as a senior research associate at ANU, part of a major national project on women and leadership in Australian democracy. It is from the seeds Jane sowed in that project that the WELA program has evolved.